Hi, all -
I am *still* researching and deciding on a rifle for boar hunting here in Central CA. (I think I am beginning to suffer from Hamlet's syndrome AKA paralysis by analysis!)
It occurred to me that most "good" pig opportunities are likely to be well within 100 yards, and at this distance, a long-barreled bolt-action rifle might not be optimal. Does anyone have opinions on using a .44 with a shorter barrel, like Ruger's 99/44 or 96/44?
It would seem to have a couple of advantages:
- shorter barrel is easier to maneuver
- less expensive
I still intend to get a bolt-action in a high-velocity caliber, but I'm starting to think that for my initial hunts, that may not be preferred.
Thanks for any input. I really appreciate this forum; I realize that my questions have been all over the map, but the responses have always been patient and informative.