Forget about the mythical zombie apocalypse for a moment, and let’s focus on the real invasion currently in progress: the millions of feral hogs over-running our country. Some estimate hog populations have doubled in the last decade or so, and some put the total as high as 5 million feral hogs nationwide. Texas is home to at least 2 million of them—maybe more—and the prolific, smart and adaptable wild pigs keep spreading north and west across the continent.
Hogs, therefore, provide a far more abundant hunting opportunity than anything offered by the living dead.
More hunters than ever now have hog on the brain and are thinking about what it takes to bag one. Yes, any firearm of decent caliber and good accuracy can do the job. At the same time, though, a lot of hog hunting is done in rather specific field conditions, including the thick brush these wary porkers often hide in. So there may be some better choices of guns to consider for your next hog hunt. To help you in your quest to put that black hog down and place some fresh pork on the table, let’s take a quick survey of some of the latest hog hunting guns available to us.
- <h2>Armalite AR-10(T)</h2>I was hog hunting in East Texas last year, and one of the smarter moves I made was to take an <a href="http://www.armalite.com/Categories.aspx?Category=f4bd4a13-55d1-41aa-aea0-49488ec48776" target="_blank">ArmaLite AR-10(T)</a> chambered in .308 Winchester. It truly is a great hog hunting rifle. At the shooting range, the AR-10(T) grouped on paper like a champ, and the two-stage <a href="http://www.armalite.com/Categories2.aspx?Category=e3f4fa60-277f-438f-a053-9839217db311" target="_blank">National Match trigger</a> is a real treat. In the field, it gave me .30-caliber punch in a carbine-sized package. <p> ArmaLite re-introduced the AR10(T) three years ago (it was out of production from 2004 to 2010), sensing it would find a home with hog hunters. It did. <p> Arthur Steadman, ArmaLite’s Communications Director, said “the AR-10(T)s are selling like popcorn at the movies. The barrel is target grade to take down the hogs, its carbine length to keep down the weight and it's sleek so it doesn't get caught on brush.” <p> The rifle has a 16-inch stainless steel barrel and a free-floating black handguard, as well as a forged flattop upper receiver with Picatinny rail and forward assist. At 8.6 pounds, it’s solid enough to bounce around in your truck and come back for more, but is light enough to carry for extended periods.