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#5709802 - 04/21/15 09:23 AM Another new Hog hunter
brothernov Offline
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Registered: 04/09/15
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Hello all, thanks for welcoming me to your forum. Iím from Illinois, hope you wonít hold that against me. I used to live near Houston, plan to visit friends there soon, and want to hunt hogs while Iím there. Plan is to make it an annual event. I plan to buy a new gun for the occasion, as I fear none of these will be optimal:

Uberti 1873 lever action in 357 mag
Colt LE 6920 in 5.56
Beretta A400, 12g, smooth bore

Trying to decide between a rifle chambered in .308 and a new shotgun with a rifled barrel. The only reason for me to consider the rifled shotgun is that I could use it here to hunt deer. Anyway, My research indicates the .308 will be fairly perfect for hog hunting, but what about the shotgun? At what distances or other circumstances will I be under-gunned? Will bringing a shotgun to this party leave me wishing I had the rifle? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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#5709834 - 04/21/15 09:41 AM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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Registered: 03/16/12
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welcome ta THF. Mossburg sells rifled barrell for bout $100.00 ta interchange. Not sure if Beretta does. Best Wishes flag
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#5709926 - 04/21/15 10:32 AM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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Registered: 07/15/13
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Loc: Ennis, TX
Any of the guns you have listed that you have will take a pig down with a head shot. Use a slug in the shotgun and it will do some major damage.

If you want a 308 for hunting that is a good round also. Distance just depends on where you are hunting. Most of my kills are within 50 yards while in the wood.
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#5710009 - 04/21/15 11:14 AM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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I'd use the 5.56 with a good bullet in the 65 grain range (Sierra Game king or Nosler). Welcome to the forum and best of luck.

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#5710055 - 04/21/15 11:36 AM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
JRJ6 Offline
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welcome

I agree with what others have said

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#5710058 - 04/21/15 11:38 AM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: bigjoe8565]
brothernov Offline
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Registered: 04/09/15
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Originally Posted By: bigjoe8565
I'd use the 5.56 with a good bullet in the 65 grain range (Sierra Game king or Nosler). Welcome to the forum and best of luck.


I feel like I've read the entire internet regarding the use of 5.56. It's kind of split down the middle as to whether it's appropriate or not. What made me decide that I shouldn't rely on it is that certain places won't even allow you to hunt with it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixEhORmAe9o

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#5710074 - 04/21/15 11:43 AM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: colt.45]
brothernov Offline
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Registered: 04/09/15
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Originally Posted By: colt.45
welcome ta THF. Mossburg sells rifled barrell for bout $100.00 ta interchange. Not sure if Beretta does. Best Wishes flag


Beretta does not, I wasn't aware that someone else might make a barrel that I could use on my gun though, I'll check that out. If I go this route though, do you think I'll regret it? Will I be limited to shots below certain distances due to accuracy or power limitations? I've never shot slugs.

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#5710171 - 04/21/15 12:34 PM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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Registered: 11/08/13
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welcome WARNING: Hog Hunting can be very addictive and you may never want to go home.
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#5710225 - 04/21/15 01:05 PM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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Originally Posted By: brothernov
Originally Posted By: colt.45
welcome ta THF. Mossburg sells rifled barrell for bout $100.00 ta interchange. Not sure if Beretta does. Best Wishes flag


Beretta does not, I wasn't aware that someone else might make a barrel that I could use on my gun though, I'll check that out. If I go this route though, do you think I'll regret it? Will I be limited to shots below certain distances due to accuracy or power limitations? I've never shot slugs.

cheers wasn't sure if Beretta sold rifled barrells ta interchange with their smooth bore. That could get expensive buy individual shotguns. The mosburg barrells are easy to interchange. Been using .223 cheap .55gr fmj taking close shots, its usualy thick area's & public land. No complaints. Hunt with several that use 12ga rifle bore shotgun. Big size differrence. Am sure the people you'll be hunting with will let ya fire few rounds ta cheack for accracy, rifled shotguns can reach out their with great accracy. Sorry not much help, others on here with more experience with shotgun info, barrel twist, different shot loads. Been shooting mussy loader since 70's taken deer & hogs. These new inlines way more accurate than me .45. Best Wishes Edit: what is legal for deer hunts in Illinois? flag
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#5710258 - 04/21/15 01:31 PM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
brothernov Offline
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Registered: 04/09/15
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Only shotguns and pistols are legal for deer in illinois, which is the only reason I'm considering a shotgun for hogs.

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#5710299 - 04/21/15 01:59 PM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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So the .308 would be for texas hog hunting... can ya use rifle barrelled slug sshotguns for deer in Illinois? Alot depends on area you'll be hog hunting here, every hog i've taken could have been taken with rifled shotgun. How comforable are ya with the lever action .357 ? rofl my guns are collecting dust. Best Wishes on your dessission flag
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#5710380 - 04/21/15 02:46 PM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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Registered: 08/10/10
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First off welcome to the forum!!

I have used all three calibers on hogs and all did a great job. I used a Ruger ranch rifle .223 and lots of hogs and the biggest hog was 125lbs, used a Rossi model 92 lever gun .357mag and got a few hogs, all close range up to 75lbs, and shot hogs with a Benelli semi auto shotgun 12ga buckshot and killed 40 or 50 hogs up to 150lbs out of a helicopter.

I would not hesitate to use any off those calibers again but with that said I understand the need for a new gun and what better reason than needing a gun that is better suited for hogs and if you can afford it get the 308 now and then the shotgun later on when deer season rolls around so you have the excuse that you have to use a shotgun for that..

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#5710424 - 04/21/15 03:41 PM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
brothernov Offline
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Registered: 04/09/15
Posts: 13
Thanks for all your thoughts. I've been internet gun shopping all afternoon and I'm falling in love with a Browning BAR in .308.

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#5711011 - 04/21/15 11:40 PM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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Wait, you can't shoot deer with a rifle in Illinois?
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#5711296 - 04/22/15 09:15 AM Re: Another new Hog hunter [Re: brothernov]
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Registered: 09/17/13
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A rifled 12 will do the trick from 60-100 yards out for sure. I use a HR single shot and have for years while deer/hog hunting. Great gun! .308 will destroy any big game animal and like others have said the weapons you have already will do the trick with a head shot. I don't think you can go wrong with either choice you have. But if your hunting deer in IL buy yourself a nice rifled shotgun or interchangeable barrel for the one you already have so you can use it more than once. Smooth bore with buck shot is made for close encounters in the woods. Such as a spot and stalk.

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