This year saw a surprising number of dedicated hog-rifle introductions from various manufacturers as well as the debut of several new hunting rifles that clearly have a destiny as blue-ribbon hog slayers. Just as pleasing, there were several ammunition introductions that should make you smile—it’s impossible not to like a load dubbed “Hog Hammer.”
Maybe you stalk individual trophy hogs across rolling hills or maybe you exterminate them from a helicopter.
Either way, there’s something for you in our list of the best hog hunting guns right now. So pull your campstool closer to the firelight, holler at Junior to turn off the generator, and peruse the following for a little inspiration.
- Combine the splendiferous accuracy and strength of Browning’s rotating-bolt design with the legendary handling and fast follow-up abilities of the classic lever action and you’ve got a rifle with panache, speed, precision, and hog-thumping authority. Chambered in .223 Rem. and .308 Win. (my preference), the BLR Lightweight ’81 has a detachable box magazine for quick reloads and weighs only 6 pounds, 11 ounces. A short, handy 18-inch barrel makes for great maneuverability. It’s available with either a green laminate wood stock or a Max-1 camo stock, which is offered on a takedown model for easy transportation. Price: $1,340