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Need recommendations for a hog gun

Posted on 2/4/24 at 6:56 am
Posted by tigerfan5959
Member since Jun 2010
299 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 6:56 am
What gun do you guys recommend for hunting hogs? I don’t have an AR so I’m leaning to buy one, but idk if the round is enough for a hog. I want to put a thermal on what ever gun I get. I don’t know if I can afford a thermal and gun in one year…it might be two year process .
Posted by DownshiftAndFloorIt
Here
Member since Jan 2011
66763 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 6:57 am to
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idk if the round is enough for a hog


It is plenty, and I think it's the best choice. Cheap to shoot and usually accurate.

That said, hogs are a great excuse to use whatever you think is coolest.
Posted by Koolazzkat
Behind the Tupelo gum tree
Member since May 2021
1676 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 7:05 am to
Just build an accurate one, ear hole em with any caliber in an AR platform and its pork chops! Then again if I built one exclusively for pigs, the 400 Legend sounds interesting?
Posted by bootlegger
Ponchatoula
Member since Dec 2012
5330 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 7:05 am to
AR in 6.5 grendel if you don't think 5.56 is enough
This post was edited on 2/4/24 at 7:06 am
Posted by Huntinguy
Member since Mar 2011
1750 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 7:13 am to
This^^
Posted by The Levee
Bat Country
Member since Feb 2006
10664 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 7:38 am to
5.56 55 grain M193….the old white box Winchester range ammo has killed many a hog at my place. And it’s accurate. We aim for the ear hole

$0.60/rd

I’d highly suggest building your gun if you’re not in a rush. It’s not hard at all. My kid has transformers that are much more difficult.
This post was edited on 2/4/24 at 7:42 am
Posted by bayouteche
The Beaches of Wham
Member since Nov 2012
1120 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 7:54 am to
Get you an entry level AR baw and explore with some uppers! Very inexpensive and easy.
Posted by Tight 10
Member since Nov 2021
253 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 7:56 am to
I second the Grendel. Probably the most versatile in the AR platform. Great whitetail round as well.
Posted by tke_swamprat
Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
9736 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 8:16 am to
I have 2 300 blackouts that were built mainly for hogs and for my son to shoot. I've never had any issues when shooting hogs. Hornady 110g rounds.
Posted by chrome1007
Toledo Bend
Member since Dec 2023
86 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 8:18 am to
My 6.5 Grendel is like Thor’s hammer. 6.8 SPC is a good hard hitting round. Put a Pulsar Thermion on it and pew, pew, pew.
Posted by tigerfan5959
Member since Jun 2010
299 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 8:31 am to
quote:

Get you an entry level AR


Around how much should this cost me ? I was looking at some for $1200.
Posted by sabbertooth
A Distant Planet
Member since Sep 2006
5265 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 8:39 am to
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My 6.5 Grendel is like Thor’s hammer. 6.8 SPC is a good hard hitting round.


Id agree if building a new weapon. Also keep tour build light weight as possible. If you add a thermal and a can to your build it can get to heavy.
Not sure where the original poster is hunting. Terrain makes a huge difference in caliber choice. We hunt in and around thick undergrowth. I prefer a heavier round to knock them down quickly since you don’t want to be tracking, mostly get one good shot and to cover my bases when I dont get the perfect shot selection.
Posted by bayouteche
The Beaches of Wham
Member since Nov 2012
1120 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 8:51 am to
$1200 is going to be upper lever entry. I got a Smith & Wesson 5.56 for less than $600 and have bought additional uppers from Palmetto for around $300.

$1200 would get you a ready to go rifle and 2 more uppers and you would have 3 different guns.

5.56 rifle + 6.5 Grendel for deer/hogs + 300 BO for subsonic/suppressed shooting.
Posted by reds on reds on reds
Birmingham
Member since Sep 2013
4200 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 9:21 am to
223 is all you need
Posted by TrueTiger
Chicken's most valuable
Member since Sep 2004
67459 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 10:46 am to
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AR in 6.5 grendel


a buddy has a couple of these with thermals and shushers,

they are lights out for hogs
Posted by thejudge
Westlake, LA
Member since Sep 2009
14032 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 11:09 am to
Federal soft points in 223 will drop a hog.

I have 2 ARs in 7.62x39 that will do the same. Ammonused to be cheaper pre ban.

Make sure you buy the bolt from Black Rifle Arms. They designed one for that round specifically. I haven't had an issue with them.

Broke an extractor off of another milled out bolt from another company after about 800 rounds.
Posted by Marciano1
Marksville, LA
Member since Jun 2009
18381 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 11:12 am to
You can kill hogs with a .17 as long as you aim for the ear.
Posted by Cracker
in a box
Member since Nov 2009
17653 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 11:55 am to
500 nitro express
Posted by The Levee
Bat Country
Member since Feb 2006
10664 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 12:08 pm to
And in case you didn’t know…..5.56 guns can shoot .223. Not the other way around.

I just wanna throw that out there.
Posted by CamdenTiger
Member since Aug 2009
62354 posts
Posted on 2/4/24 at 12:13 pm to
6.5 Grendel is what I hunt with on my thermal setup. It does the job, but on larger hogs , broadside hogs still run 30-40 yards, using 123 grain SST’s. 308 is better if you want no tracking IMO, but for light recoil and f/u shots and decent suppression, I tend to favor packing that Grendel around.
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