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What is the best gun for hunting hogs?

Question by NiceRead. Uploaded on October 29, 2009

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

i like the 30-06 myself

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from bthomasb1 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

something in the 308 30-30 7mm-08 or heavier that you can shoot accurately and get a quick second shot if you need it

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

dont they stab those things with knives? lol seriously though i like the knock down power of my 870 express with red dot scope sighted in for 100 yrds

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from country road wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I've killed dozens of hogs with my .270 (130gr.) including one 300 lb. bthomasb1 had a good answer. If you intend to get up close and personal with the hogs, remember that they can be aggressive and the big hogs can have some wicked tushes---attacks are rare but possible, so use enough gun whether long gun or handgun.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I have killed literally tons of them with my favorite old 30/06 and a 165 grain Remington Corelokt. Any cartridge in the 30/06, .308, .270, .280, 7mm-08 range will work fine. The 45/70 is also a mighty fine hog round.

In my neck of the woods the crop destroying b@$+@&ds get big. I've killed several over 500 pounds and many in the 200-300 pound class. They are typically covered with mud and on boars the shoulder shields (gristle, scar tissue and callous under the hide) can be quite thick thus sturdy bullet construction is a must. Light for caliber and lightly constructed bullets will open up too fast even on the average porker. Over the years I've used the 165 grain Remington Corelokt in 30/06 hand loads to kill many many hogs. I've found this old bullet to hold together well for initial penetration having enough left to drive deep, destroy tissue and dump energy. They were and still are inexpensive and they work. I've also used the various incarnations of the Barnes X with great success in the '06, .308 and even the 25/06. I once ran across a big old boar courting a hot sow and he was quite possessive. Five well placed Barnes X's in a sudden and intense firefight finally convinced him he didn't want any more and neither did I... When they get liquored up it is amazing how much damage they can take before taking that long dirt nap!

Stay away from small bores like the .243. Choose a heavily constructed bullet from the current crop of bonded core offerings or X's and slay the vermin. The only good wild hog is a dead one!

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from Big O wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I'd stick with the 30 cal.'s they WILL do the job !

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from Kyle Pountney wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

30-06 does the trick

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from IanS wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I was going to be going hog hunting this year and the owner of the camp said a 270 win which is what I have would work great.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I like using something with big stopping power too. You have to treat them like a very dangerous animal and you have to be able to plant those big tuskers on the spot. If you have ever been charged by one, you will appreciate big heavy rifle bullets or a 12 gauge slug. You are interested in stopping a charge from a 300-500 lb beast, just like with a charging lion. As Beekeeper said, angry big boars can take an unbelievable amount of lead. I have personnaly seen a 325 pound boar's shield stop a good .357 mag bullet with a quarter inch of penetration from 20 feet away. Although this is hearsay, a hog hunting guide said that he has witnessed the same with a .270 130g bullet and I believe him. I have been charged by two boars over 300 lbs and will never use a .44 Mag as my primary weapon again unless I am in a tree. A 12 gauge slug does the trick as does any good sized .30 caliber on up. I will actually be using a 25-06 with 117g bullets on Monday just because I will be walking a lot and that rifle is very light. I hope it is enough... a little 45-70 lever action would be ideal.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

As big as you can handle! 45/70 sounds good to me.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Double lung a hog with anything 243 and above will put em down. A 30-30 would be good for a brush gun, I use both 270 and 30-30 for hogs.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

50 cal. Long range shooting and lots of take down power.

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from hogh8er wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

m1 socom16 loaded with Barnes x bullets and a glock 10mm on my hip works for me. We usually use dogs and stick em, but some times we hit the stands and shoot em. We really need more hog hunters in Ark, those bastards are really tearing the place up and running off the deer. I hate me some hogs...

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from Headhunter wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Frist off we want to eat this Big Hog Not blow it into firtlizer.

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from Headhunter wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I have Hunted for lots of years I would use any thing from a 25-06 and up also 12 guage 3 inch slugs at cloose range work very very good. I use my 7mm-08 Tikka W/150 grain corelok with no problems so far

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from tman1965 wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

I have been hunting them for many many years, and have taken them with literally every caliber you can think of! my favorites are the 35 remington, 270, 308,30-06, 444 and 45-70. But rest assured no caliber is a guaranteed one shot stopper! I have seen them drop in their tracks from a 22 mag and run 600 yards from a 405gr 45-70 and the size of the hog dont seem to matter much! I have been charged by hogs both unprovoked as well as provoked..( sometimes they take offense to being shot ) and I promise you they can get real mean real quick! The best advice I can offer is make a good first shot, and ALWAYS use a follow up shot! using that extra round sure beats the heck out of a tedious and very often dangerous tracking job!

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from h susdorf wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

i plan to trap hogs. what is best to kill once in a trap?

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

A shot to the brain with just about anything will kill a trapped pig...

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from Wyatt Butler wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I personaly prefer to use my 30-cal and my glauc 9 and my brother with his 25-06 and his glauc 45

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from Uncle Jesse wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I prefer using the ol' 22mag. This gun is what Ive found to be the best. Ive shot plenty and all with my pea shooter. I dont have a problem with these long in the toothed oinkers running. A well placed shot in the sweet spot is all you need. Regardless of the size, the 22 mag will penetrate the skull. I like the light weight of the gun. The scope is the most important part to me. Not the caliber. If you can aquire the target fast and put a well placed shot, you gotem. My mom dropped a big one when I was a kid with a 22 short. Moms my hero!

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I have killed literally tons of them with my favorite old 30/06 and a 165 grain Remington Corelokt. Any cartridge in the 30/06, .308, .270, .280, 7mm-08 range will work fine. The 45/70 is also a mighty fine hog round.

In my neck of the woods the crop destroying b@$+@&ds get big. I've killed several over 500 pounds and many in the 200-300 pound class. They are typically covered with mud and on boars the shoulder shields (gristle, scar tissue and callous under the hide) can be quite thick thus sturdy bullet construction is a must. Light for caliber and lightly constructed bullets will open up too fast even on the average porker. Over the years I've used the 165 grain Remington Corelokt in 30/06 hand loads to kill many many hogs. I've found this old bullet to hold together well for initial penetration having enough left to drive deep, destroy tissue and dump energy. They were and still are inexpensive and they work. I've also used the various incarnations of the Barnes X with great success in the '06, .308 and even the 25/06. I once ran across a big old boar courting a hot sow and he was quite possessive. Five well placed Barnes X's in a sudden and intense firefight finally convinced him he didn't want any more and neither did I... When they get liquored up it is amazing how much damage they can take before taking that long dirt nap!

Stay away from small bores like the .243. Choose a heavily constructed bullet from the current crop of bonded core offerings or X's and slay the vermin. The only good wild hog is a dead one!

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

i like the 30-06 myself

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from bthomasb1 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

something in the 308 30-30 7mm-08 or heavier that you can shoot accurately and get a quick second shot if you need it

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I like using something with big stopping power too. You have to treat them like a very dangerous animal and you have to be able to plant those big tuskers on the spot. If you have ever been charged by one, you will appreciate big heavy rifle bullets or a 12 gauge slug. You are interested in stopping a charge from a 300-500 lb beast, just like with a charging lion. As Beekeeper said, angry big boars can take an unbelievable amount of lead. I have personnaly seen a 325 pound boar's shield stop a good .357 mag bullet with a quarter inch of penetration from 20 feet away. Although this is hearsay, a hog hunting guide said that he has witnessed the same with a .270 130g bullet and I believe him. I have been charged by two boars over 300 lbs and will never use a .44 Mag as my primary weapon again unless I am in a tree. A 12 gauge slug does the trick as does any good sized .30 caliber on up. I will actually be using a 25-06 with 117g bullets on Monday just because I will be walking a lot and that rifle is very light. I hope it is enough... a little 45-70 lever action would be ideal.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

dont they stab those things with knives? lol seriously though i like the knock down power of my 870 express with red dot scope sighted in for 100 yrds

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from country road wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I've killed dozens of hogs with my .270 (130gr.) including one 300 lb. bthomasb1 had a good answer. If you intend to get up close and personal with the hogs, remember that they can be aggressive and the big hogs can have some wicked tushes---attacks are rare but possible, so use enough gun whether long gun or handgun.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I'd stick with the 30 cal.'s they WILL do the job !

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from Kyle Pountney wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

30-06 does the trick

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from IanS wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I was going to be going hog hunting this year and the owner of the camp said a 270 win which is what I have would work great.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

As big as you can handle! 45/70 sounds good to me.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Double lung a hog with anything 243 and above will put em down. A 30-30 would be good for a brush gun, I use both 270 and 30-30 for hogs.

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from Headhunter wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Frist off we want to eat this Big Hog Not blow it into firtlizer.

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from tman1965 wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

I have been hunting them for many many years, and have taken them with literally every caliber you can think of! my favorites are the 35 remington, 270, 308,30-06, 444 and 45-70. But rest assured no caliber is a guaranteed one shot stopper! I have seen them drop in their tracks from a 22 mag and run 600 yards from a 405gr 45-70 and the size of the hog dont seem to matter much! I have been charged by hogs both unprovoked as well as provoked..( sometimes they take offense to being shot ) and I promise you they can get real mean real quick! The best advice I can offer is make a good first shot, and ALWAYS use a follow up shot! using that extra round sure beats the heck out of a tedious and very often dangerous tracking job!

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

50 cal. Long range shooting and lots of take down power.

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from hogh8er wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

m1 socom16 loaded with Barnes x bullets and a glock 10mm on my hip works for me. We usually use dogs and stick em, but some times we hit the stands and shoot em. We really need more hog hunters in Ark, those bastards are really tearing the place up and running off the deer. I hate me some hogs...

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from Headhunter wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I have Hunted for lots of years I would use any thing from a 25-06 and up also 12 guage 3 inch slugs at cloose range work very very good. I use my 7mm-08 Tikka W/150 grain corelok with no problems so far

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from h susdorf wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

i plan to trap hogs. what is best to kill once in a trap?

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

A shot to the brain with just about anything will kill a trapped pig...

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from Wyatt Butler wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I personaly prefer to use my 30-cal and my glauc 9 and my brother with his 25-06 and his glauc 45

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from Uncle Jesse wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I prefer using the ol' 22mag. This gun is what Ive found to be the best. Ive shot plenty and all with my pea shooter. I dont have a problem with these long in the toothed oinkers running. A well placed shot in the sweet spot is all you need. Regardless of the size, the 22 mag will penetrate the skull. I like the light weight of the gun. The scope is the most important part to me. Not the caliber. If you can aquire the target fast and put a well placed shot, you gotem. My mom dropped a big one when I was a kid with a 22 short. Moms my hero!

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