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5 Best Hog Hunting Guns to Bring Home the Bacon

It is important to be appropriately armed when hog hunting. Read on to learn about the best hog hunting guns that you should be carrying on your hog hunt.

With feral hog populations in the United States exploding, there are more hog hunting opportunities than ever. However, hogs can be notoriously tough animals and hog hunting is not for the weak or the faint of heart. Before you go afield in search of hogs, make sure you are appropriately armed.

As the hog population grows and feral hogs move into more and more different areas, the conditions that they are hunted in and the tactics used to hunt them will also change. This also means that the best hog hunting guns will vary depending on conditions as well.

All of the choices on our list of the best hog hunting guns will work well as long as they are used for their intended purpose. Continue reading to learn all about our choices for the best hog hunting guns.

Savage Model 110 .30-06 Springfield

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A very large number of hogs are killed incidentally by deer hunters each year. In situations like these, any good quality rifle chambered in a typical deer hunting cartridge like .270 Winchester or .30-06 Springfield will work very well as a hog hunting gun.

It is tough (though possible) to shoot more than one hog out of a sounder with a bolt action rifle like the Savage 110, but it is tough to find a better gun for shooting a single hog, especially at anything other than close range, than this one.

Glock 20

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If you’re using hounds, a pistol like the Glock 20 may be the best hog hunting gun. It’s easy to carry for long distances, has a large capacity magazine, allows the hunter to take rapid follow-up shots, and is powerful enough to put down even a really big hog with proper shot placement.

Wilson Combat Recon Tactical 5.56x45mm

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Wilson Combat

The AR-15 line of rifles is becoming extremely popular for hog hunting. Compact rifles such as the Wilson Combat Recon Tactical are particularly great for hog hunting from a helicopter.

It might take more than one hit from a rifle chambered in 5.56 or .223 to bring down a hog, but these rifles are still outstanding choices for when you need a lot of shots in a very short period of time.

Marlin 336 .30-30 Winchester or .35 Remington

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The Marlin 336 (or 1895) is perhaps the best hog hunting gun if you’re hunting in really thick conditions where fast shots on hogs at close range are likely. Chambered in .30-30 Winchester or .35 Remington, the Marlin 336 packs an incredible punch in a very light, fast, and easy to carry package.

Mossberg Model 500 12 Gauge

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Sometimes a shotgun is just what the doctor ordered. A good pump action 12-gauge shotgun like the Mossberg 500 (or the Remington 870) is tough to beat as a hog hunting gun in extremely thick conditions. Though a slug will certainly work, 00 or 000 buckshot is devastating on a hog at close range and even the biggest hog will not go very far after receiving a load of buckshot from a shotgun.

What do you think of our choices for the best hog hunting guns? Did we miss any?

Like what you see here? You can read more great hunting articles by John McAdams on his hunting blog. Follow him on Twitter @TheBigGameHunt.

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