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#7021708 - 01/02/18 01:32 PM Best caliber for a newbie
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A friend has a problem with hogs on his horse operation in Tarrant County. I have been helping him but he wants to get a rifle to shoot some himself. He can shoot, but doesn't have a lot of hunting experience. What. Sliver would you suggest? I've been using my .223, but I know that can be a bit light. I wouldn't recommend 308, but would you recommend something in between like a .243? I will probably recommend a bolt gun for simplicity. He's unlikely to get a second shot anyway.

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#7021713 - 01/02/18 01:35 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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a good full sized AR and a autoloading shotgun full of buckshot will cover all the bases

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#7021733 - 01/02/18 01:53 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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.223 will get it done, it's about shot placement.

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#7021741 - 01/02/18 02:00 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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6.8 SPC or 6.5 Grendel
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#7021760 - 01/02/18 02:10 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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Anything from .243 through .308 if recoil is a potential concern.

In a bolt gun. Then, he has an all-around rifle for deer and other varmints if he decides to hunt them in the future. 7mm-08 is always a good choice.
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#7021781 - 01/02/18 02:26 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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X2 for 6.8 spc or 6.5 Grendel. Light recoil for follow up shots and much more effective than .223 on running hogs.

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#7021791 - 01/02/18 02:32 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: PappyG1]
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Originally Posted By: PappyG1
X2 for 6.8 spc or 6.5 Grendel. Light recoil for follow up shots and much more effective than .223 on running hogs.


This.

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#7021797 - 01/02/18 02:37 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Anything from .243 through .308 if recoil is a potential concern.

In a bolt gun. Then, he has an all-around rifle for deer and other varmints if he decides to hunt them in the future. 7mm-08 is always a good choice.
Didn't you just argue with FiremanJG about getting off subject and preaching? Now you are talking about deer hunting when the OP ask about hog hunting weapon and pushing bolt action as if a semi auto won't work as well or even better for hogs. By the way if a gun will kill a hog it will most definitely kill a deer so anything he gets for hogs could also be used on deer or varmints.
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#7021810 - 01/02/18 02:51 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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6.8 first then 300 blackout great choices both will do everything you need it do
6.8 for more field hunting 300 blackout for more all around
Not a bolt gun
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#7021822 - 01/02/18 02:57 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: SapperTitan]
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Anything from .243 through .308 if recoil is a potential concern.

In a bolt gun. Then, he has an all-around rifle for deer and other varmints if he decides to hunt them in the future. 7mm-08 is always a good choice.
Didn't you just argue with FiremanJG about getting off subject and preaching? Now you are talking about deer hunting when the OP ask about hog hunting weapon and pushing bolt action as if a semi auto won't work as well or even better for hogs. By the way if a gun will kill a hog it will most definitely kill a deer so anything he gets for hogs could also be used on deer or varmints.


Kinda sensitive, aren't we? Read slower. I was talking about a hog gun - the deer hunting comment had to do with possible "bonus" uses in the future. The purpose of my "range" was to stay away from the .223 - when there are much better options.

OP himself said he is probably going to suggest a bolt gun to his friend. For simplicity.

What's amazing to me is that a guy can come on here asking about one thing-and folks give him advice on the opposite. He is kinda thinking .223 is light - one immediate response is to get a .223. He is thinking bolt gun - 4 out of first 6 responses are to get an AR.

There's a lot of "preaching" going on all right, but I ain't the one doing it.
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#7021837 - 01/02/18 03:03 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Anything from .243 through .308 if recoil is a potential concern.

In a bolt gun. Then, he has an all-around rifle for deer and other varmints if he decides to hunt them in the future. 7mm-08 is always a good choice.
Didn't you just argue with FiremanJG about getting off subject and preaching? Now you are talking about deer hunting when the OP ask about hog hunting weapon and pushing bolt action as if a semi auto won't work as well or even better for hogs. By the way if a gun will kill a hog it will most definitely kill a deer so anything he gets for hogs could also be used on deer or varmints.


Kinda sensitive, aren't we? Read slower. I was talking about a hog gun - the deer hunting comment had to do with possible "bonus" uses in the future. The purpose of my "range" was to stay away from the .223 - when there are much better options.

OP himself said he is probably going to suggest a bolt gun to his friend. For simplicity.

What's amazing to me is that a guy can come on here asking about one thing-and folks give him advice on the opposite. He is kinda thinking .223 is light - one immediate response is to get a .223. He is thinking bolt gun - 4 out of first 6 responses are to get an AR.

There's a lot of "preaching" going on all right, but I ain't the one doing it.
1 out of the first 4 mentioned an AR and only 1 mentioned a 223.
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#7021841 - 01/02/18 03:04 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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Originally Posted By: Red Pill
I wouldn't recommend a 308.

Why not?
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#7021872 - 01/02/18 03:25 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Originally Posted By: CharlieCTx
Originally Posted By: Red Pill
I wouldn't recommend a 308.

Why not?


My thoughts are recoil and noise. It's a semi-suburban area. It's legal to fire a center fire rifle, but keeping the noise down can't hurt.

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#7021891 - 01/02/18 03:40 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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Originally Posted By: Red Pill
Originally Posted By: CharlieCTx
Originally Posted By: Red Pill
I wouldn't recommend a 308.

Why not?


My thoughts are recoil and noise. It's a semi-suburban area. It's legal to fire a center fire rifle, but keeping the noise down can't hurt.
hate to tell ya but there isnít much difference between 223-308 as far as how loud they are. If your worried about noise itís time to invest in a suppressor.
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#7021893 - 01/02/18 03:40 PM Re: Best caliber for a newbie [Re: Red Pill]
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243 or 3o8 would be good. Both are gonna make some noise!
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