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Location: CA Central Coast
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.44 Rifle For Boar?

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:

- lighter
- 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.

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Location: northeast tn
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.44 Rifle For Boar?

it's a good round. performs well on boar

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Location: Florida
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.44 Rifle For Boar?

I watched an interesting california hog hunt show. A guy hit a 200 pound hog downhill with a 30/06 180 grain bullet. The hog fell over on his back, did an electrocution type shuffle, got back on his feet and hauled ass. The hunter and guide never found that hog.

Central California can be rolling hills with wide open shots, 200 yards can be the norm. I have killed several over 150, my longest being 250. I highly.....and I mean highly recommend a good bolt action .30 caliber class bolt action with a quality 3x9 scope. It will kill as good or better than the .44 at 50 yds and give you the power to take extended shots. For weight...look at a Winchester featherweight or Remington Mountain rifle, the weight difference over the .44 is nominal.

My favorite load is the Hornady Light Magnum...they give a couple hundred feet per second advantage over standard loads...good stuff...lots of knockdown and good accuracy.

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Location: CA Central Coast
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.44 Rifle For Boar?

I suppose that a bolt-action is the best way to go. I've been mildly resisting since my choices are so limited (I need a left-handed model), and a semi-automatic seems faster to re-chamber. If I do get a bolt-action, I'd like to get something with a relatively short throw.

Perhaps I'll get something in a .300 WSM; that cartridge seems to be getting a lot of favorable ink these days. I think Browning makes an A-Bolt for that cartridge.

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Location: Maui, Hawaii
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.44 Rifle For Boar?

I too am a left handed. I used to use a 30-06 but am currently rebuilding that rrifle. I bought a Savage 11 in 7mm-08. the rifle is shorter and recoil is really mild. The two pigs I have taken with it so far dropped in their tracks.

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Location: CA Central Coast
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.44 Rifle For Boar?

I just got an old Sako AV off of gunbroker last week. It's in 7mm Remington Magnum, which I'm sure will work just fine on anything I encounter in the lower 48. I'm still attracted to a shorter throw or a lever or semi-automatic simply for the ease of use. But that will have to wait until I pay off my current indulgence!

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Location: Florida
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.44 Rifle For Boar?

If you can find a .300 wsm in left hand, it would be an excellent choice. I hunt with an 30/06 but recently put together a Winchester 70 in .300 wsm with a better than average scope. It is the most accurate rifle I own, it outshoots my heavy barreled remington, leaving one hole groups at the range with standard factory ammo. The WSM pushes 180 grain bullets as fast as the /06 150 grainers with about the same recoil.

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