I love wild boar hunting. LOVE. IT. It’s relatively cheap, it can be very dangerous and their backstraps are muy tasty. Here’s some good campfire fodder for boar hunters, namely, which are the best guns for dispatching wild swine. Enjoy.
1. Browning BAR ShorTrac Hog Stalker
In 1917 John Moses Browning designed the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), and since it’s killed more enemies of America than just about anything else. It served our men in every major conflict from World War I to Vietnam, and so sporting versions of it should be all the pig gun American hunters need. But the new BAR—while similar in nature to its combative brother—has undergone major changes to make it ideal in the pig woods.Browning’s BAR ShorTrac Hog Stalker is a 10-round semi-auto .308 rifle that feels more like your deer rifle than an AR-15.
2. Smith and Wesson M&P 10
While I could’ve chosen virtually any AR-10 style rifle for the No. 2 spot on my list, there are some subtle yet significant differences among the hordes of semi-automatic .308 ARs on the market. I chose Smith and Wesson’s M&P 10 due to its excellent full-length Magpul stock, ambidextrous controls and its proven accuracy. But let’s not forget the general reason why it rests near the top of this list. In essence, it’s an 8-pound rifle that can fire up to 20 rounds of the venerable .308 Winchester (7.62 NATO) as fast as you can yell “pigs aplenty!”
3. Marlin Guide Gun
If there’s a cooler hog gun in the world than Marlin’s 1895GBL “Guide Gun,” please leave a comment here and inform ignorant old me, because I’m not aware of it. This newer version of the Marlin classic holds 6-plus-1 rounds of the pig-punishing .45-70 cartridge, all fired as fast as you can work the lever. At just 37 inches overall length and weighing 7 pounds, you can carry it on your horse, atv, stuff it in your truck box or carry it all day on your back in pursuit of pigs.
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