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Old 12-24-2013, 8:02 AM
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Default What Caliber for pigs.

I am buying a bolt action just for pig hunts.
What is the best over all caliber. These pigs are 200-800 lbs.
I will be shooting them from 100-200 yards.
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Old 12-24-2013, 8:04 AM
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308/30-06 will get the job done.

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Ive personally seen .223/5.56, 30-30, and 7.62x39 do the job from about 150yds and in. Ive also done dog and knife only hunts....
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30-06 imo.

Extremely versatile cartridge, will certainly send the mail as far as you need to send it, and if your gun store only has a few calibers of rifle ammo in stock, I would bet that 30-06 would be one of them.
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If i had to hunt hog with the rifles i own i would go with the 30 30 or the sks and i do have bigger and smaller calibers

if i could never get close then a 308 or my K31
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Anything that can send a bullet over 140 grains over 2700 FPS should do the trick. Bigger bullets at that range would be more fun, though.
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Old 12-24-2013, 8:21 AM
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I was thinking of a 30 06 for that very reason. That ammo I have seen on shelves every where. Your right.
As far as knives and dogs... It is not legal in California...
I think I am on Cal guns Site.
30 06 it is! Thanks for the fast reply

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Old 12-24-2013, 8:29 AM
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What about 7.62x54R? Or is that no good?
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Old 12-24-2013, 8:42 AM
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All great choices above. I will throw my hat in for the 45-70. Has a ton of energy and a 0.458" hole.
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Speaking of .458 holes, how 'bout .458 SOCOM?
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Speaking of .458 holes, how 'bout .458 SOCOM?
Most the loads I have seen are basically dumbed down 45/70.
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I would suggest a rem 700 .308. Great ammo selection and a easy rifle to sell if you decide to try something later.
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Pigs can be tough
same gun you would normally hunt med to lg deer
243 on up in my book
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i use and recommend .223,7.62x39, and 7.62x54r.
for .223 i aim for the head.
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Has anybody used a .357 lever gun for hogs?
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I was thinking of a 30 06 for that very reason. That ammo I have seen on shelves every where. Your right.
As far as knives and dogs... It is not legal in California...
I think I am on Cal guns Site.
I too have dropped pigs with a 22lr but not at 200yards and the pig was under 150lbs. 30 06 it is! Thanks for the fast reply
Check the screen name. Born and raised in HI - very legal to hunt with a dog and knife.

Haven't had the opportunity to hunt in CA so I don't know the laws. Was just putting it out there since so many people think the only way to bring a hog down is with a .308 or bigger round.


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243 and up.
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I've used 7.62x39mm and .303British for pigs. Kinda want to build a .300Blackout for pig use.

Friends have used 5.56x45mm/.223, .243Winchester, 6.8x43mm, .300Blackout, 7.62x39mm, 30-30, 7.62x51mm/.308, .30-06, .458Socom and .45/70.
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Haven't had the opportunity to hunt in CA so I don't know the laws.
For pig hunting in CA...

Need a hunting license and a wild pig tag.

Pigs are in season all year round and there is no bag limit on them.

Pigs can be taken using:
Centerfire rifle
Blackpowder rifle/musket
Centerfire handgun with minimum 4" barrel length
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A vendor at a gunshow I went to said they have helicopter rentals in Texas that fly over pigs to shoot and most people use 300 blackout.
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Any of you know of any one selling a used but functional 30 06.
Willing to drive any where in Southern California before 12-31-2013,

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Trying to figure out who is Prouder... the guy or the dog?
Well the dog isn't wearing a silly, floppy hat so I'm going with the dog.
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California DFG states that "pigs are harder to kill than deer, but easier to kill than Elk" - then they get to the heart of the question: How big a pig are you going after? Pigs can weigh from 50-350+ pounds.

If you are going after smaller pigs (less than 90lbs), something as small as a .243, a 7.62x39 or a .30-30 will do. Larger pigs require something larger - such as a .270 or better. Think something you would use on Elk. .308, .30-06, 7.62x54r would all be fine - as would anything bigger.

California DFG publishes a guide to hunting pigs in which they rate many cartridges. You might want to check it out.
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Dont shoot em with anything less than 308, 270 or 30-06.
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My problem is with the pigs that are 200-800 lbs, my brother in law took a 804lb ER the day before thanksgiving with a 338 Lapua. I have shot at them with my 5.56 AR from 125 yards... I hit them but they run off and die.
And I didn't want to spend the money on a 338. That is why I started this thread!
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Now that the bickering is gone let's keep it civil.
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I would get a semi auto if you can.

I've never hunted anything before but have seen videos of those things taking a bullet and going for another 10 min, and at the same time I've seen them mess people up. Those 2 together is a bad combo. Again if legal I'd look into a big caliber semi for that just in case. I wouldn't not want to have to manual cycle with one of them pissed off with you in their sights.
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A vendor at a gunshow I went to said they have helicopter rentals in Texas that fly over pigs to shoot and most people use 300 blackout.
I just saw Pigman shooting from a helicopter using an AR style 12 gauge with buckshot & he was smoking them from about 40 yards. good times!
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Has anybody used a .357 lever gun for hogs?
When S&W first put out the .357 they hired a pro hunter to kill every type of game animal with the standard 6" revolver. At the S&W Headquarters they have a mounted Kodiak Bear that was killed at 17yds with a single .357 round.
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I personally use a 450 Bushmaster but ammo is not easy to come by. But I would use anything 308 or larger other wise they will run off and die and it will be very hard to find blood to track unless you punch a good hole in them.


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I would get a semi auto if you can.

I've never hunted anything before but have seen videos of those things taking a bullet and going for another 10 min, and at the same time I've seen them mess people up. Those 2 together is a bad combo. Again if legal I'd look into a big caliber semi for that just in case. I wouldn't not want to have to manual cycle with one of them pissed off with you in their sights.
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308/30-06 will get the job done.

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Yea, me too. Who needs something that big to drop a pig. Everyone knows that a .17 cal air rifle is all you need to drop a 250lb pig in it's tracks.

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