Freighter loads of ink have been spilled on the topic of the right gun for deer or elk, but hogs are often marginalized as “me too” game when it comes to the outdoor media. So what should you put in the gun case when you’re headed out to hunt hogs?
Choosing the right firearm for hunting wild pigs is hardly a “one size fits all” proposition. Hogs live in diverse habitats from the thick swamps of my native Florida to the steep hills of Hawaii and just about everywhere in between, save maybe the Rockies. The size of a hog can vary as much as the terrain they inhabit. The rifle I’d choose for a small meat sow is a far cry from what I’d shoulder to chase a heavyweight trophy boar.
Which hunting method you’ll employ is the final, and perhaps most important, consideration. Sitting on a stand overlooking acres upon acres of irrigated crops calls for a vastly different choice of arms than trailing a pack of hog dogs through thick stands of palmettos. You wouldn’t dog hunt with a long and heavy precision rifle any more successfully than you’d use a .45 Colt to take a shot at 400 yards.
Cartridge preference for hogs runs all over the map. Some “experts” act like feral pigs are North America’s Cape buffalo and arm themselves accordingly. I’ve been around plenty of Florida cowboys who wouldn’t think of shooting a hog with anything larger than a .22 Hornet. Common sense puts appropriate cartridges somewhere between the two extremes with an emphasis on bullet performance.
We’ve combed through the new product selections in each of three different categories and selected twelve hog-appropriate rifles, carbines, handguns, and shotguns to suit every conceivable hog hunting scenario. A few of these options are versatile tools suitable for a variety of hunting styles and locales, while others are more specialized and suited for unique situations.
<h2>Advanced Armament | Blackout Model 7 Carbine</h2><a href="http://www.petersenshunting.com/gear-accessories/quiet-improvements-consider-suppressor-hunting/" target="_blank">Suppressors are legal for hunting</a> in much of the U.S. at this point, thanks to the good work of advocacy groups such as <a href="http://americansuppressorassociation.com/" target="_blank">ASA</a> and NRA. With a subsonic cartridge like the 300 Blackout, the sound is muffled even further. Hog populations are exploding across much of the U.S., and culling is one means of keeping their numbers in balance. <p></p> A suppressor-equipped <a href="www.advanced-armament.com/300-AAC-Blackout-Model-7-Rifle_p_631.html" target="_blank">AAC Model 7</a> would be a great tool for thinning hog numbers without sending the entire herd running for cover. The 16-inch barrel is factory-threaded for a suppressor or suppressor-compatible muzzle brake, so mounting the can is fast and simple. Compact, accurate, quiet, and powerful enough to get the job done at close range, this would be an ideal culling setup. <p></p> <strong>Price: $</strong>899