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And you sick, warped, twisted addicts thought I was going to ask about Viagra......:biggrin:

Friends, sorry, it's been a while. Life is what happens when you are making other plans. Between work, family, travel, and kids I've been unable to enjoy my shooting and Marlinitis for the past few months. That being said, I managed to book a wild pig hunt for me, my father and son this past week. We headed to South Carolina for a plantation on the Savannah river. We hunted hard for three days but didn't see a single pig. Ugh!! Ok, change of plans....anyone want three generations of patriots to come hunt their land for pigs let me know....will work for food.

In the meantime my father fell in love with my beloved 1895 (I can't blame him.....she casts a spell). He wants one too but not in the .45-70. So I want to surprise him this summer and get him one.....have my smithy work his magic and get it really nice. I'm looking for a used 336....any thoughts on which model is most desirable for accuracy and ability to handle a wide variety of different hand loads? My father is in his mid 70s but still in great shape. He is a very good shot and know his rifles.

Any suggestions or thoughts on the subject are greatly appreciated.

PS....your complimentary trial of Viagra is in the mail.

Cheers
Matthew
 

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Grab something in 35Rem, it will take down the pigs! I just got mine ready to go and I'm working on zeroing it now, very light recoil, and with a 200gr pill will definitely do in the porkers no matter how large!
Here's something for the marlinitis!
Top two are 45-70's GBL and SBL (both with 18"bbls), but the bottom rifle is a customized 336 in 35Rem with a 16"bbl...I think this is what you should be looking for!
 

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Any good condition 336 in 30-30 or 35 Rem. My preference is straight stocks and 18.5" barrel for hunting. Standard level handloads in either caliber should bring down all but the biggest hogs. Your dad is probably a good enough shot to put the rounds where they belong so it shouldn't matter. But.....the 30-30 is easier to find and Beartooth makes some really tough bullets in heavier weights that would be my choice for piggies. Even if I had to settle for a pistol grip, which some people prefer, I would chop the barrel down in the neighborhood of 18.5". At that length the mag tube still allows 6 rounds in it. Not sure how much shorter you can go before it drops to 5 rounds.

Then a good receiver mounted peep and a crisp, straight post front sight would finish it off. Maybe a dab of white or orange paint on the post if conditions dictate.

Good luck.
 
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I'm gonna be different and say go for a nice 1894 in 44mag!
Light recoil and will take anything that walks, squiggles or hops...
Quick handling and short lever stroke.

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Gentlemen, thank you...all good points. Question....how "light" can I reload for 30-30....then how hot can I make it? Also, do any of your suggestions get improved accuracy with longer barrels?

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You shouldn't have to load a 30-30 "light", it is pretty light as it is. Look at a 150gr bullet over a 170gr and you should do fine. Lighter the bullet the less recoil. I'd say shoot some factory stuff first and see what you think before you get too crazy. Plus, you could change the butt stock out for a limb saver and I guaruntee that you won't feel any recoil with that!
 

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Actually ANY of the rifles in the calibers mentioned so far will do what you need! I would hunt hog with any of them! In fact, I have all of them! Now I just need to go find some pigs!
 

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Mazer, I know right! I was at the Bostick Plantation....saw plenty of good size deer and turkey but the hogs eluded us. When you want to go let me know....would love to come back home and whack some pigs.

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