Purpose Built for Pork: Savage Hog Hunter Review
Though they are not one of our more glamorous game species, feral hogs are quickly becoming our most popular because they are incredibly destructive, fertile creatures. Females become sexually mature at seven months, and they’ll drop eight to 12 piglets each year until the day they die. Even by the most conservative estimates, our nation’s wild hog population has surpassed four million, and it’s growing fast. That’s bad news for farmers because the marauding porkers can lay waste to vast tracts of cropland overnight. In fact, in some parts of Texas, feral hogs have made it impossible for some farmers to earn a living. They are equally destructive in suburbia, where gluttonous pigs can turn lush golf courses and entire streets full of verdant lawns into barren moonscapes in a single night.
Fortunately for those farmers and ranchers, hunters are willing to pay to help solve the hog problem. Because hogs are so plentiful, hog hunts are cheap, and hunters are eager to take advantage of this affordable, delicious resource. Manufacturers are eager to woo those hunters with a wide variety of hog-specific guns, ammo, and optics. The coolest hog-specific item to hit the market, at least to this Texan, is Savage’s new Hog Hunter rifle.
Made for Slaying Hogs
The Hog Hunter is built on Savage’s proven Model 11 or 111 push-feed action. The short-action Model 11 is available in .223 and .308, whereas the long-action Model 111 is offered in .338 Winchester Magnum. All three rifles have Savage’s standard three-position, tang-mounted safety. The rearmost “Safe” position locks the bolt, the middle “Safe” position allows you to cycle the action, and the forward position is the “Fire” stage. The bolt release is on the right side of the receiver, just behind the ejection port.