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Good caliber for hog hunting

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I'm planning on getting my first hunting rifle. I would like to get into hunting a couple hogs this year, but don't know what caliber would be ideal. Looking for something with stopping power. Rifles I'm eyeing right now is a Remington 700 sps or cdl.

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Mythos, Don't be surprised if you get a lot of different passionate opinions on this topic.....For the last 20 years I've hunted all my pigs and deer hear in CA with a rifle in .308win of one type or another. My original reason for going with .308win was that I already had a couple of military type rifles that shot that round and I was getting into reloading and wanted to to limit the amount of different components I was going to have to deal with. As it has turned out it has been a good call. If loaded correctly the .308win is by nature one of the most inheritantly accurate rounds out there. The military has recognized this and has used it as it's standard sniping round for over 40 years now. In addition, because it is a military round (7.62x51mm NATO) there is a lot of used brass out there to be had. While most store bought .308win ammo will be loaded wih bullets in the 147- 168gr. range, you can relaod it with anything from 110gr. to 200gr bullets. Personally I have hunted with a 180 gr. bullet in my .308 ammo for the last 15 years and have had great results. Recently though I have bought components to make the switch to 168 gr. bullets for my hunting. Part of this is because of the Damn leadless ammo laws hear in CA forces us to buy leadless ammo which isn't cheap. The other part is that I already reload a 168 gr. Sierra Matchking bullet in my .308 ammo for my target shooting and wanted to find a leadless bullet that simulates the trajectory of this round as much as possible. My thinking here is that I can sight in, pratice, and shoot the ammo with the Sierra Matchkings at the range with my hunting rifles, and at the end of my shooting session I put few rounds of leadless ammo through the gun to see the difference of where the rounds are grouping and make a slight adjustment if any to my scope. This way I'm not burning through boxes of leadless ammo ($$$) and I can get many more shots in with my rifle which should equate to me making better shots in the future. I saw this formula years ago and it makes a lot of sense; low cost = more shooting which = better shot placement = a more effective kill. The most important aspect of the .308win that I like is that I have never had an animal take more than two or three steps after being hit with a .308win. For your information I have shot and taken game with the following rifles in .308win. Springfield Armory M1A, Remington 700 PPS, and a Winchester Model 70. Recently I bought another Remington 700 in more of a hunting configuration but haven't had a chance to sight it in yet. Another benifit of going with the .308win round is that just about every gun manufacturer makes a rifle in that caliber so you will have a variety of guns to choose from. I hope this helps, :1087: Mc

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Thanks guys for the replies. I was eyeing the .308 cal. too, just didn't know if it would have the stopping power to take a big boar down. Though, I know it's also in part of shot placement.Also, co-worker of mine told me to get 7mm rem mag, but the ammo is pricey. And he did not factor in the cost of non-lead ammo for the Condor Zone.That Savage rifle does look beautiful, I'm going to have to start looking at Savage too.

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The 308 is a good round for pigs/deer/bear. However if you're going to be a 1 gun hunter I'd suggest a 30/06. In all bullet weights it is a little bit faster. Ammo is just as plentiful as the 308 and my 30/06 is a tack driver. I have a 7mm Mag, a 308 & a 30/06. Another consideration is gun weight. My 7mm is a bit on the heavy side, with the longer barrel. You'll usually find the 308 & '06 rifles are slightly lighter. And since the 308 is a short action, its made in some ultra light rifles too. Recoil seems to be an issue with some folks. The 308 will kick the least & the 7mm the most. But, in the field, you wont even feel the recoil. At the range, you'll feel it, it's a weird phenomenon. I got my wife a Winchester featherweight in 308, she complained about the recoil at the range. After 15-20 rounds she was done, with a tender shoulder. But, after she shot at her first deer (twice), I asked her if she felt the recoil or heard the muzzle blast. She got a funny look on her face and said no, again it's a weird phenomenon.There are several other good pig/deer calibers that haven't been mentioned, but I'd start still start with the 30/06. Let us know what you finally get.

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Since I'm a huge fan of levers, I'd look for a Henry lever in 357 mag or 44 mag. liht. easy ot carry, fast shooting and accurate. And did I menion hey are a lot of fun o shoot.

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One of my buddies has a 7mm Mag. I have a .308 Winchester. He always wants to shoot my rifle. I never want to shoot his. :smiley_kewlpics: I like my shoulder where it is. I have been thinking of a Henry.. because it's just a monster round and as Braz says, light and easy to carry.

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They're not armor plated. There's not a hog alive that you can't kill with a 308. As far as stopping power goes, the only way to guaranty 100% stops is to disrupt the central nervous system. Put any bullet in the brain or the spinal column and the animal will stop, it really doesn't matter what the diameter of the bullet is as long as it reaches the shut off switch.Most of my hogs have been taken with a 308 shooting 165 grain bullets but I'll use anything from a 243 up to a 375 H&H magnum.

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For stopping power I have 647gr Barnes X-Bullets(hunting) for my 50BMG. Now I just need a shot at a hog.

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You can take down a pig with a 22 if you can place the shot. Although some would say it is unethical to do so it can be done. Leave the fear of how big a caliber alone. They will all do the trick. What can you afford to shoot, handle recoil-wise and place consistent shots in the best groups. Tailor the gun to your wants/needs and then pick a rifle in the caliber you fancy.

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Keep it Simple30-06 is America's cartridge and pretty hard to beat. Huge selection of ammo and bullet types/weights. Though not much need to go heavier than 150gr bullets but the options are there.Pretty much any other cartridge based on the 06 case is good too. .338-06, .280Rem, .270Win, 25-06, etc.The .308Win is good too. As well as other cartridges based on the .308 case. 7mm-08, .260Rem, .338Fed.I dont see any need to go to a Magnum cartridge, but there are tons of options there too.

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My current pig gun is also my deer gun. Since the lead ban I switched to the 6.8 SPC since 30/06 loads were @ $40 a box where as 6.8 were $23. Very happy with the 6.8 on deer but have not had a chance to down a hog yet.

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I have a buddy that has an AR15 in 6.8spc. I am thinking about buying it from him but have no experience with the cartridge. Looking at it mainly for a coyote gun, but I like the option to use it for deer and pig too

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I have used a .308 very successfully (and only 150gr), and many friends and relatives that have taken everything up to and including elk and moose with one. It will take anything in North America if you know how to shoot and do your part, use the right bullet and right placement. Without those, won't much matter what you use. 30/06 is a great rifle as well, but really only excels over the 308 if you want to use heavy (200gr or better) bullets. If you are going long action, you could also consider a .270WIN. Basically a necked-down 30-06, so you can get some great BCs and velocity out of it. .308/30-06/.270WIN have some of the cheapest new manufacture hunting ammo you can find, and you can pretty much find it anywhere, anytime. &mm is also nice, but again, unless you are using really heavy bullets, the .270WIN does very close to it (~100fps) with cheaper ammo, and a lot less felt recoil.

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Since I'm a huge fan of levers, I'd look for a Henry lever in 357 mag or 44 mag. liht. easy ot carry, fast shooting and accurate. And did I menion hey are a lot of fun o shoot.
Get a Browning lever in .308!

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I always liked the 250-3000

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I Have killed several pigs with a remington 742 automatic 30-06. The 30-06 is a very common round, and is good for almost any big game in the states. The 7mm mag is also a good round, but a little pricey$$$, and will do a lot more damage So, for deer, pigs, antilope, deer, I would use the 30-06. good all around caliber.Tom

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The most comon hog caliber here is still 30 30. 270, 308, and 30 06 make up the next 3. any of those will get the job done! DR

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Just watch the .250 savage in 99s, most older ones use a 1:14 twist, and have a real hard time stabilizing 100gr and heavier bullets. SOme of teh manufacturers flat out say in their manuals that it won't stabilize any of their bullets. (I have one - love it with 87 gr!)

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........ or .358 Winchester for the Holy Grail !!!
Yep! A Remington pump in .35 Whelen would be a good hog thumper too.

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