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    When I did a Russian boar hunt I decided to go big or stay home. Since I don't have a "big" lever like so many of you, I used my .338WM with .225gr Hornady Heavy Mags which are now called "Superformance". I was told that these boars were tough. Bring enough gun. OK, no problem here.
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    Thank all of you for taking the time to respond to this. I was told that the shot distance to be expected is 50-75 yards. As I said, Ive killed them with other calibers and some of them have died quickly and easily while others not so much. I just thought it would be fun to use a different flavor of firearm this time around. Got myself a Marlin 1894 curly maple for deer hunting here in southeast Ohio and really like it alot. The Hornady Xtp loads I have it sighted in with give about 2 to 2.5 inch groups at a hundred yards, which is as far as I will shoot with this particular rifle. Thank you all so much for your helpful advice.
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    I live in Texas and hunt them year round. I've killed them with everything from 222rem up 338Marlin express.
    I have used a Marlin 44 Magnum before and within 100 yards I don't forsee a problem.
    I have also used a 45 Colt.
    Longest shot I ever had with a 44Magnum was a sow about 200lbs and it had to be 100 yards.
    The bullets I used were 240gr federal fusion.
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    Take the 44 mag. You will be fine. I've been blessed to have shot quit a few and the 44 mag will get the job done. Shoot him behind the ear and he'll never hear the gun fire. lever.gif
    Thanks dad for taking me hunting.

    "Those who cannot cleanly dispatch their game using a .30-30 are either shooting too far, hunting inappropriate (too large) game, or are simply incompetent." Mic McPherson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sj550 View Post
    ..... I will be going on a guided hunt for european boar this coming year. ......

    Good luck on your trip!

    Take pics to post when you get back. I want to see a european boar!

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    Almost every caliber can be used if you use heavy for caliber bullets to get adequate penetration.

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    Unless you are going to hunt in France (where former military caliber not are alowed for hunting) i suggest you stick to your .30-06
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    Wish i didn't know now what i didn't know then.

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    I've killed a couple with my 1894c in 357 so your 44 will be fine.
    I like a hardcast bullet to the head.
    Good luck & safe travels.
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    Before you go, check with your host. Really. For example, in my country you can't hunt with 44mag, because it don't have minimum energy of 2500J at 100m. So check with your host, because if their law says anything similar you will only look at boars.
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    I have discovered that the Speer 270 grain soft tip will out penetrate typical 240 grain hollow tips. Outstanding accuracy, too. Another deep penetrator is Hornady's 300 grain XTP bullet.

    Good hunting to you!

    TR
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