Feral Firepower: Best Hog Hunting Guns for 2015

Feral Firepower: Best Hog Hunting Guns for 2015

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.


Recommended for You

SHOT Show

HUNTING's Booth Babes of SHOT Show 2014

David Draper - January 21, 2014

A record crowd of more than 67,000 people fell upon the halls of the Sands Expo & Convention

Guns

Top Precision Rifles for Hunting in 2019

Joseph Von Benedikt - April 22, 2019

Here are our top choices for hunting this fall!

North America

Big-Game Adventure Beckons in Quebec

Lynn Burkhead

Whether you're pursuing black bears, moose or whitetails, Quebec will put you on the right...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 9: Aloha Axis Deer

Host Mike Schoby joins his buddies Jon Dubin and Jeff Johnston on the island of Lanai for a deer hunt Hawaiian style!

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 12: High Plains Elk

David Draper teams up with Fred Eichler to hunt elk on the high plains of southern Colorado.

Cheeseburger Poppers

David Draper shares his recipe for making delicious cheeseburger poppers with wild game in this edition of "Fare Game."

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Survival

Which Firearm Is Best for Bear Defense?

Larry Case - July 11, 2018

If you're spending time in the outdoors where you might encounter bears, carry one of these...

Ammo

.22-250 Vs. .223: What's The Best Coyote Cartridge?

Joseph von Benedikt & David Faubion - February 14, 2014

.22-250 A rodent cartridge is invading Coyoteville. Due to the popularity of the AR-15 rifle...

North America

Top 10 Trophy Whitetail States

Joseph von Benedikt - December 18, 2017

Many of the states in our glorious nation provide great hunting, but only a few have the...

See More Stories

More Guns

Guns

Get the Best Out of Your Bolt Action Rifle

Joseph von Benedikt - August 28, 2018

Follow these steps to access the extraordinary performance hidden in bolt-action rifles. Set...

Guns

Battle of the Bolt-Actions

Keith Wood - June 04, 2018

We put five predator rifles to the test; which delivers the most bang for your buck? (Photo

Guns

In Depth with the Sauer Model 100 Classic XT

Phil Massaro - March 16, 2018

It was a hot Wyoming afternoon, hot and dry as it often is on the prairie, in spite of the...

See More Guns

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×