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Location: Kerr County, Texas
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perfect hog rifles?

I must disagree with most here. I shoot a couple hundred hogs a year and never have to use a big gun. Most of mine are killed with small calibers like a .22 hornet, .204, or a .223. Hogs can be tuff, but that depends on where you shoot them and what type of bullets you use. I load all my stuff and these small calibers with the right bullets will drop. Alot of mine are hit on the run, so shot placement is out, it is pretty much just hit them.....but I choose bullets like a v-max moly coated round that will fragment like crazy and does so much damage that you break something vital. If the hog is standing and you get a good shot, just shoot it in the neck and they will fold as well. None experienced people that are going to try and take them like a deer behind the shoulder, ya use a big gun, but that is not a good place to take them. I live in texas where our hogs are a little different, they are almost 100% Russian where I live and they are tuff but do not be fooled on how tuff they are. Choose a good gun and make sure you can shoot it well and practice on all sorts of angels and you will be fine

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Location: Wa.
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perfect hog rifles?

I hunted a few hogs when I was in California. There were a few hunters that had specialized weapons but the great majority simple used their deer rifle. I had a Marlin lever in 375win that I always took as a backup but my 30-06 with 180gr CoreLoks was the one I carried.
To this day I don't know what kind they were but, at that time, there were some huge hogs that came out of the Hunter Liggett area.

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Location: Virginia
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wwcoutdoors -- go back and read what we wrote. No one said that we use our big-bores because they are necessary. We hunt with them because we can -- no other reason. It's more fun taking 'em with a .458 Lott than a .30-06 in my humble opinion. I've got to be perfectly honest, I have seen small hyper-velocity rounds do more meat damage than the big thumpers. They just plow threw and leave two big bleeding holes!! Angles offered dictate shot placement. Any pipsqueak round behind the ear will drop 'em cold in their tracks, but I wouldn't want a .22-250 for a Texas heart shot, and I wouldn't probably take a behind the shoulder shot with a .204........... I will typically shoot a meat hog and then a trophy (if I find one!) whenever I go out (depending of course on how much space is left in the spare freezer!) . I will not head shoot a trophy hog and there is nothing wrong with behind the shoulder if they are quartering away from you -- just gotta shoot low and nail the heart! Where else are you going to shoot them if behind the shoulder is all that's avalable? Not trying to be contrary, but we weren't advocating using big-bores out of necessity, it's just for the fun factor!! Open sights, heavy recoil, and a bang-flop is my idea of a good time!! That's why I hardly take out the scoped rifles any more as it's just too damn easy.........okay, I'll get off of my soap box now! lol

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Location: Damon, TX
Joined: 04/25/2007
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SKS!

Uhh well i have always used just the good old SKS assualt rifle, Because its not really the caliber that bothers me (7.62x39mm) (for more info and pic go http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SKS)But i can put out 45 rounds with a drum mag in like 15 seconds or less.
So in that case the hog is usually dead within the 7th or 8th shot.
-------Normally i dont empty out i just fire like 15 or 16 rounds
-------If you say "man he wast's money firing that many rounds" well the truth is is i buy my ammo whole sale like 100,000 rounds for 60 or 70 dollars plus i usually get like a free combo thing and i end up with like 200,000 rounds for 60 bucks.(nice i know)
Oh yeah and the SKS is extreamly cheap you can pick up one used for like anything from $75-$300 new about $250 Thumbs up [/url]

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Location: Carlisle, Iowa
Joined: 11/09/2007
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Boy you guys talk about using big bore magnums on punie hogs like your shooting bison or cape buffalo or elephant or something. .270 will drop elk any day. .338 federal is a good load for bison or cape buffalo according to a hunting program I watched featuring a Ruger M77 in .338 Fed.

Personally, .243 works excellantly for hogs as does the 7mm08 or the .223.

I suspose you guys would use a 7mm Rem Mag for squirrels too!

I perfer the right tool for the required task. Wrenches will drive nails, but it is still a wrench.

Just my opinion and experience.

Chuck S

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Location: Virginia
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Posts: 108
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Nope, my .338 is my squirrel rifle! Laugh

Nowhere did any of us big-bore afficianados say anything about needing that much gun for hogs. We have them and like to use them. Nothing more, and nothing less. I may be heading to Tanzania in 2010, and I can think of no better practice than on live targets and well, I like pork! Big smile

I hunt with handguns more than anything else nowadays as it's just more challenging IMHO. A scoped rifle is just too easy.........

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Location: Carlisle, Iowa
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Good answer Whitmore. Now I can understand that. Thanks for your responce.

Chuck S

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Location: Virginia
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perfect hog rifles?

Not a problem, Chuck!

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Location: Maui, Hawaii
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perfect hog rifles?

Aloha Whitworth-
Do you find with the big bores you get less meat damage? Just wondering.

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Location: Virginia
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Aloha Rodney! Yes, I have found that they don't do the damage of some of the smaller and much faster rounds that are used. Only once did I have a big-bore do a lot of meat damage and I was using a really soft Hawk (Deadsoft) bullet in my .458 Lott and it busted hog number one up pretty badly before killing hog number two......... Even my .338 win mag tends to do more damage that my .416 or my .458s ever did.

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