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mike_the_wino
01-15-2011, 5:28 PM
What caliber? Going out in a couple of weeks and the guy leading the deal said 30-30 with iron sights. Well, I don't have a 30-30 with iron sights. What else would one use for this? Dude said expect pigs from 100 yards to <10....and everything in between. The up close is hard with scope, apparently. This is private land and pest abatement for what's that worth.

rromeo
01-15-2011, 5:36 PM
What do you have? We can go from there. If it starts with 30, there's a good chance it will do fine.

Mstnpete
01-15-2011, 5:38 PM
Any bolt action rifle on 308 or 30.06 will be perfect.

Mstnpete
01-15-2011, 5:47 PM
The up close is hard with scope, apparently.

Depends on what scope. I use a Trijicon Accupoint scope that has a Bindon Aiming system that works for both worlds. I can shoot a pig at 300 yards or a pig at 5 yards with both eyes open looking at the scope.,With the reticle working like a red dot.

Here's my pig gun: Remington VTR 308

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f245/amgguy/IMG_1049.jpg

HechoEnEastLos
01-15-2011, 5:56 PM
I use a 243. Anything more is just gona damage some good meat.

Mstnpete
01-15-2011, 6:02 PM
And I've seen plenty pigs taken with a 243 and always have to place a 2nd shot to drop the pig.
Great caliber but not enough power to drop a pig from a distance.

HechoEnEastLos
01-15-2011, 6:03 PM
And I've seen plenty pigs taken with a 243 and always have to place a 2nd shot to drop the pig.

Hmmm, well then its not the round. Must be the shooter. I get it done with a single shot. I have a friend that does it with a 204 (with a single shot) and no follow up shots.

HechoEnEastLos
01-15-2011, 6:09 PM
Heres what I mean.
http://69.90.174.248/photos/display_pic_with_logo/174017/174017,1222021434,4.jpg

Nice big earhole to put yer crosshairs on. Drops them EVERYTIME.

mike_the_wino
01-15-2011, 6:10 PM
Well I do have a 30-30 but I am not sure I am going to get the range time in to get comfortable with it and get it dialed inbefore we go out. It's an inherited gun, has a scope, and has never been fired. Buddy said he normally takes 30-30 with iron sights but he has used a mini-14. Which leads to think that an SKS might work. I hesitate to take an AR cuz that just doesn't seem right.

Mstnpete
01-15-2011, 6:16 PM
Well I do have a 30-30 but I am not sure I am going to get the range time in to get comfortable with it and get it dialed inbefore we go out. It's an inherited gun, has a scope, and has never been fired. Buddy said he normally takes 30-30 with iron sights but he has used a mini-14. Which leads to think that an SKS might work. I hesitate to take an AR cuz that just doesn't seem right.

30-30 is fine , shot placement is what's important.
If and when you get a chance take your rifle to the range.
I would bring a side arm. I like using my Glock 20 10mm for back up.

Mstnpete
01-15-2011, 6:21 PM
Heres what I mean.
http://69.90.174.248/photos/display_pic_with_logo/174017/174017,1222021434,4.jpg

Nice big earhole to put yer crosshairs on. Drops them EVERYTIME.

It really also depends on the size of the pig. :D
I shot a 250lb pig at 180 yards on top of a hill. It was a lung shot.
I went for a head shot at the same distance , and got him at the lower jaw. That was the end of it.

Check out this huge pig bro:

Look at the lower jaw and the lung shot. I didn't want to track him a long ways.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f245/amgguy/IMG_1025.jpg

mike_the_wino
01-15-2011, 7:04 PM
Mstnpete that is a damn nice looking rifle.

Blacky
01-15-2011, 7:22 PM
How about those guys that knife hunt pigs... at night... with dogs... illegally.

Mstnpete
01-15-2011, 7:38 PM
Mstnpete that is a damn nice looking rifle.

Thanks Mike!

ElvenSoul
01-15-2011, 7:39 PM
.357, 44, 45, 6.8, 7.62x39, 243, 270, 308, and 35Whelen all will work just fine.

HechoEnEastLos
01-15-2011, 7:47 PM
Hey Pete, try an earhole shot next time. Youll love the results. Itll drop'em dead.

What rings and base are you using on your VTR?

Mstnpete
01-15-2011, 7:52 PM
Hey Pete, try an earhole shot next time. Youll love the results. Itll drop'em dead.

What rings and base are you using on your VTR?

:p If given a chance for the shot.

I'm using Leupold Mark 4 rings and base. Mid height.

HechoEnEastLos
01-15-2011, 7:54 PM
Nice. Was that a canned hunt or free range.

Mstnpete
01-15-2011, 8:52 PM
I do both.
In Ca. when I have time I hunt free range at Paso Robles and Fort Hunter Ligget.
If I have no time I go to BHCR.

I'm originally from WA and hunt deer/elk. Now that's free range.

CHAD PEZZLE
01-15-2011, 9:31 PM
What guns do you have, and which are you most proficient/comfortable with? I've shot several pigs with my AR, and it gets the job done. Not ideal and they don't drop in their tracks every time. But as far as my rifles go it's one that I'm more comfortable and accurate with.

Pretty much any centerfire rifle works, it's like asking which is better, chevy ford or dodge?

Most of my shots are 50 yards or less. My AR is quick handling and low recoil for easy follow up shots. I can also move quickly onto another pig if there are multiples in the group.

My opinion would be to take the rifle you are most confident with in order to in sure the best shot you can possibly make.

Chad

mike_the_wino
01-15-2011, 9:57 PM
Most confident with my SKS as it was my first rifle and after 2 crates of ammo it bangs away like no other. The AR is new but I it like for all the reasons you listed.

Is it wrong to bring a golf bag full of guns? You know...a driver, couple of irons and a putter. :D

Thanks for all the great input guys. I appreciate the help.

mike

RonE
01-15-2011, 10:04 PM
I shoot pigs with an AR-15 with a 16" barrel and a 3x9 scope. I keep the scope on 3X and adjust up if the range increases. Most are shot from the truck but some are shot from standing position. I use only 10 round mags (because I like them best) and 55 gr soft point cartridges. Most one shot kills in a row was 4 from the truck and three standing. Shooting pigs is fun and some of them are good eating.

mike_the_wino
01-15-2011, 11:31 PM
Oh, and one last thing. My buddy said it is not uncommon to walk into 12+ pigs.

Again, this is pest abatement.

Tasty, tasty pest abatement.

edgerly779
01-16-2011, 11:07 AM
rone must be hunting northern area of state 55 gr softpoint not legal in condor area.

HechoEnEastLos
01-16-2011, 11:10 AM
Oh, and one last thing. My buddy said it is not uncommon to walk into 12+ pigs.

Again, this is pest abatement.

Tasty, tasty pest abatement.

What areas are you hunting?

ElvenSoul
01-16-2011, 11:23 AM
You have a SKS? Those are one of the best for pig hunts. Try and use Barnes Bulletts they work wonders.

HechoEnEastLos
01-16-2011, 11:27 AM
rone must be hunting northern area of state 55 gr softpoint not legal in condor area.

Wow. How did you know that? Hmmm.. maybe he hunts in San Diego or Inland Empire. Hell, maybe he hunts in a different state like TX where its legal to shoot from a vehicle.

mike_the_wino
01-16-2011, 12:11 PM
This is in NorCal. Vineyard. Pigs can do a whole lot of damage in a short period of time.

hammerhands32
01-16-2011, 7:50 PM
Is it wrong to bring a golf bag full of guns? You know...a driver, couple of irons and a putter. :D


Lol, as long as you donít have to caddy

popndrop
01-16-2011, 8:55 PM
There are several threads on this topic already - do a search.