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Old 10-20-2003, 07:05 PM
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Would like to know,which caliber rifle to use in hunting hogs in calif.Thank you
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Old 10-20-2003, 07:16 PM
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The caliber argument on here is ongoing. There is a daily question about which caliber is best for deer, elk, moose, hogs, you name it. But that' s what the forum is for I suppose! The answer most common on here is any reasonable caliber that you can shoot well. Shot placement is more important than caliber etc... I personally use a 45/70 for most of my hunting needs, sometimes something a little longer range, sometimes a .45 colt or a .44 mag. I would venture to say that if you are going after large hogs, anything in .270 or larger with a controlled expansion bullet would suffice. For smaller hogs, in this month' s issue of Guns and Ammo, Craig Boddinton took his daughter on a hunt in CA and used a .260 with great success, and chose the 7mm-08 as the gun that she would use in the future. Good luck with the hunt, and welcome to the forum!
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Old 10-20-2003, 07:28 PM
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There' s a lot of folks like their " big bores" in medium power for the close range shooting. I like my 12 ga slug gun!!

If you anticipate 100+ yard shooting, a .270 and bigger is in order. A .30-06 is always in order...it just always seems applicable.
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Old 10-21-2003, 03:31 AM
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358win
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Old 10-21-2003, 08:37 AM
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As a hog hunter in the WV, I go with my slug gun. I used to take my 270Win, but decided penetration for that breast plate is what I need.
 
Old 10-21-2003, 10:45 AM
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I' ve hunted hogs in Cali more than a few times, and I would say that you better be prepared for some rather long shots. It is not uncommon to have opportunities presented out to 250 yards or so, and I would recommend the .308 class of cartridges (.260 Rem, 7mm-08 Rem and .308 Win), and the .30-06 class (.270 Win, .280 Rem, .30-06 and .338-06) as the best all-around choices. I hunted mostly with a .270 Wby Magnum and it did a fine job, so don' t exclude things like the 7mm Rem Mag.

Remember to use the heavier bullet weights for whatever you choose, and make sure they are of the controlled-expansion type. A .270 Win shooting 140-150gr bullets is a very good benchmark and you can base your decision off of that.
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Old 10-21-2003, 10:57 AM
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Sounds like a place to use a good 338 win with 250 grain partitions
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Old 10-21-2003, 11:39 AM
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I use 308 and to this time I´m not a disappointed...
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Old 10-21-2003, 01:43 PM
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Thanks for all the replys,I' ve been talking with my brother and he suggested a 300 rem. ultra mag yes- no ? thanks
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Old 10-21-2003, 02:01 PM
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Well, the 300RUM would work. Only reason I don' t take it in WV is the 26" barrel. I know the CA hunting is different however. In WV, basically they are on a steep mountain with alot of briars with no shot over 30 yards. Not a place for a long barrels. I wouldn' t mind to try my hand at that long range hog hunting however
 

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