ation in check. What’s the best tool for the job? We took a poll at the Shooting Center to get everyone’s thoughts on the best ideas for hog guns. Here are the top five:
5. Any Quality Lever Action Chambered in .30×30 Win
It makes sense that one of the most popular cartridges for deer hunting would be used on hogs. Hogs are often taken during deer hunts, when the deer pickings are slim. Remington’s Hog Hammer 150 grain ammo punches out a gut stomping 1800 ft/lbs of energy into your pigs. Combined with the aid of an accurate, light lever action rifle and you’ve got a recipe for success.
4. Savage 110 Chambered in .30-06
I know, it’s just a boring old bolt gun chambered in a common hunting cartridge. However, there a reason why the Savage 110 in .30-06 (or .270) is so common—it works! Designed in the 1950s, Savage’s aim was to create a strong and powerful yet economical rifle for the everyman. Since then, countless thousands have been sold. For dropping hogs, you could do a lot worse. It’s worth noting that Savage also has a complete line of short action bolt guns designed specifically for hog hunting.
An extremely reliable semi-auto 12-gauge shotgun is something everyone should own and this is a relatively inexpensive step into that world. For less than half the price of a Benelli, you can get into a fully featured and customizable shotgun that will spit slugs downrange with deadly precision. The 930 can pull double duty as a home defense gun as well. Accessories are widely available for this pig rig so you can tune the gun to your exact wants and needs.
2. Any Well Manufactured AR-15
Some say the .223/5.56mm NATO round isn’t enough gun for feral hogs. I can assure you from personal experience that this round gets the job done. It’s simply a matter of ammunition. Buy decent hunting ammo and you’ll get your kill in one well-placed shot. Since it is a semi-auto, quick follow up shots are easy and ready if needed. There are hundreds of brands of ARs on the market now, and most of them are pretty decent. Much like the 930, you can accessorize to your heart’s content.
1. Smith & Wesson M&P 10
For those who still believe the .223 isn’t enough gun, here’s plenty of gun. The M&P 10 rests on the inexpensive side of the AR .308s, and has a solid reputation for reliability and accuracy. Just as customizable as any AR platform, the M&P 10 touts itself as the ultimate all-purpose semi-auto rifle. Its 4140 steel barrel has an “in-between” length of 18 inches—longer than a tactical rifle, but shorter than most hunting platforms. This has a minimal effect on performance for either use, yet allows the AR to fill multiple roles better than a 16 or 20-inch barrel could. It’s also worth noting that the M&P 10 requires some sort of aftermarket optic or iron sight.
Do you agree with our list? What guns/calibers to you take hog hunting? Let us know in the comments below.
[Editor’s Note: We apologize for the confusion regarding the included image of a javelina. As we have limited resources, we couldn’t find a good image of the wild hogs we normally love to shoot. Using other people’s images require permission and usually monetary compensation. As for ourselves, we haven’t been able to take a good picture of a feral hog because we get to excited and pull the trigger before we can snap a picture. We apologize if our inclusion of a peccary was upsetting or confusing to some.]