What do you folks use?
I'd be either hunting from a stand, still-hunting or possibly using dogs (eventually).
I was thinking .30-30, maybe .44 mag.
Not looking for huge hogs, just eatin' size, in swampy/brushy areas and will not be using a scope.
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Take your pick...30-30 and up. Not discrediting the smaller lever calibers at all because even though the .22 will kill a hawg conventional wisdom is that a .243 is the minimum acceptable caliber.
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Do to the fact you will be doing some stand hunting I would skip the pistol caliber levers and start with 30/30 on up.
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5.56 from an AR15 will do just find for 300# hogs when placed behind the ear it turns then off like a light switch. Don't let anone tell you these are tough critters or some sort of cape buffalo. The armored gristle plate is no match for any centerfire rifle round. Your 357,44,30-30 are more than plenty. Save the 444 and the 45-70 for elk, big bear and moose. Even monster Hogs are not any of these game. Yes even those hogs. Shakes head.
I'm a .45-70 junkie when it comes to hog hunting regardless of the size of the porker.
Last edited by 336ER; 01-26-2012 at 03:11 PM.
The rule of thumb, bring the biggest gun that grantees a one shot one kill outcome....for me Marlin 444 or better. If all you have is a 30/30, 265grn lead bullet, up close and personal.
I've killed a bunch of hogs with my Marlin .35 Rem. Also killed a bunch with my Winchester 88 in .243. Killed one with my Kimber Ultra Raptor II, .45 ACP. All one shot kills. Bang. Drop. I guess it really is about shot placement. I have a friend who hunts them with a .22 mag. Myself I won't go any smaller than the .243. Generally speaking, and it has been said; 30-30 on up (but don't discount the .243 if you're comfortable with it).
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I have shot an awful lot of them with my 1894 in 44mag.
I can't see where a 44 Magnum wouldn't be good on hogs. A 30-30 would work, too.
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