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The Ultimate Hog Gun

Roving sounders of swine are a growing problem for landowners across the country, but have proven to be one heck of a hunting opportunity for sportsmen. Along with year-round seasons, day or night hunting and no bag limits in many parts of the country, hog hunting also provides some of the tastiest meat to go onto a grill or into an oven. As popularity in the sport expands, so does the number of specialized products designed for hog hunting. In looking at everything available, what would the ultimate hog hunting rifle look like? We came up with some ideas with input from Jonathan Owen, who runs SHWAT.com, a site dedicated to hog hunting (and that stands for Specialized Hog Weapons and Tactics).

The Firearm
While there will always remain diehard fans of traditionally styled arms, most agree that the best platform for building a solid hog-hunting rig is on an AR-style rifle. With its semi-auto functioning, higher capacity magazines and ability to receive a variety of attachments, such as scopes, lasers and lights—almost all of which are beneficial in the hog hunting realm—the AR is without peer. Some of the models include the Rock River Arms RRA LAR-15 in the PRK-Ehide camo finish (looks like the hide of an actual hog), Daniel Defense’s M4 V5 in 300 AAC Blackout and the rifles from Ambush Arms, Daniel’s sister company, that builds ARs expressly for hunting. One rifle offered by Ambush is particularly suited for hog hunting, providing more power than the 5.56 round in its Ambush 300 Blackout in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity. Another great—and relatively affordable—AR option is Mossberg’s MMR Hunter.

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  • bmwsid

    I think I would want something a little bigger than the 5.56 to kill one of half ton hogs.

    • Rattlerjake

      I’d go with the AR platform in .308.

    • Ikinitse

      Consider the guy in Ga. who used a .457 Weatherby to take down an 1,800# hog!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

    I still favor my 98KAR. Enough to take out a bear or hog. In 8mm of course.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1252355351/ Adrian Vance

    I too favor a bigger round and one with more stopping power. It would also serve to guard us from the evil government agents that may descend on us in the near future.

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: http://tinyurl.com/7jgh7wv and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

    • Tired of taking the blame

      .
      on the farm on butchering day all we used was a 22LR
      .

  • Rattlerjake

    Perfect for those District of Columbia hogs.

  • Tonto

    Would some even a little bigger like a .243 be better for harvesting feral hogs?

    .308 or 7.62 NATO would be even better.

    A 12 gauge with slugs might be one if the best yet.

    • Sawman

      I live and hunt hogs regularly on 540 acres in central TX. If it goes bang, it’ll kill a hog. Effectiveness is a different story. Most hogs are under 250lbs. A 22LR is only good for trap shots or very close range where you can place it thru the eye into the brain, otherwise you are foolish and under-armed. I’ve killed most hogs with my Colt AR7.62×39, cheap surplus hollow points work best. I have dropped them with 000 to #4buck, 357mag & 357Max handguns and rifles, a 40S&W once, lots with the .30-06 with 110 & 125gr ‘sploding varmint bullets, 7mm-08, .308, .243, .270,.30-30.
      The first and last 2 hogs shot earlier this year with a .223 62gr.V-Max failed to drop them in one shot. Both were shoulder shots, broadside under 100yds, completely rolled them over, then the ~130lb pig ran away, and the ~225lb walked away.
      I pride myself with humane 1-shot kills and usually prefer head shots whether it be deer or pigs, low light and movement didn’t allow that on these. Since I cannot always guarantee a head shot with the .223, I will no longer use it, just as I wouldn’t use it on deer unless desperate. I may change my tune after experimenting with 90gr PSP’s, not till then though.

      If you can adequately and humanely take deer with a given ctg., then it’s suitable for hogs. Now, for those rare times that you may need to drop a pig over 400lbs, then a prudent cookie uses something fit for mule deer, bear, elk, etc. Again, a head shot can drop them in their tracks much better than a heart shot, no matter how big the bore(pun intended) or belted magnum.
      Using a .457″ WTF-ever magnum is rather foolish and expensive, In my book it says “Look at me, I’m a special different kinda stupid.”. Good luck recovering for the second shot, and those two rounds cost the same as my 10 or 20 did. Now go home Mr. City Slicker.

      If you are overrun with pigs as we are, and eradication is the goal, not pork in the fridge, mortally wounding one is as good as a kill. They have caused an average of $10K in damage in the last two years.
      Big Boars make for an exciting hunt and great photo op. Not usually tasty. The smaller ones under say 200lb or less are best eating. The primary goal is to blast the sows that are pumping out 10-30 piglets per year! Now imagine you have 10-20 sows breeding over the place!

      It’s no wonder that TX allows yr round hunting, no bag limit, no hunting license req’d, helicopter hunting, pig dogs, suppressed weapons, full auto weapons,and corral traps, yet we still have an est. 2.5million and growing. Can somebody loan me a mini-gun? Maybe a “nucular” warhead?

  • Tonto

    Would something even a little bigger like a .243 be better for harvesting feral hogs? .243 sure harvest lots of whitetail deer

    .308 or 7.62 NATO would be even better.

    A 12 gauge with slugs might be one of the best yet.

  • moparfan54

    I have killed hog with every round listed below. I have killed approx 250 hogs with a .22LR, but that was in a trap when they were standing still. Here in Texas we are overran with hogs, they destroy everything in sight to get to one grain of corn. I have found the 300 Blackout to be very effective when stalking hogs.When you are stalking, the hogs will sometime let you walk within a couple of yards of them before they run, this is like a Chinese firedrill, and they will run right over you, I have killed up to about a 300 pounder with the AR300 round, and I think it will stop much larger hogs with a well placed shot. Just my nickel on the subject.

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