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Savage hog hunter in 338 win mag
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:16:07 PM »
I'm really digging the savage hog hunter in 338 win mag. Thoughts?
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Re: Savage hog hunter in 338 win mag
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012, 02:15:35 AM »
Personally, I hate that level of recoil and don't think it is necessary with the good bullets we have today.
I am also not too keen on muzzle brakes to mitigate recoil because the noise is so much worse.
I can see a moderate case big bore like the .338 Federal being a nice hog caliber though.
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Re: Savage hog hunter in 338 win mag
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2012, 02:22:46 PM »
.338 win mag to hunt hogs?  :roll:  kinda overkill
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Re: Savage hog hunter in 338 win mag
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2012, 05:57:46 PM »
This is kind of a crazy Savage rifle model when it comes to caliber choice. It's like a shotgun approach instead of an intelligent and thoughtful approach to what a "hog rifle" should be chambered in.
It comes in .223 - which should be called the "piglet hunter"; .308 Win which is the only sane chambering; and .338 Win Mag which is way overkill on both ends (although as a grizzly rifle it would be okay).

Drop the silly .223, chamber it in either .260 Rem or 7mm-08 Rem for a light recoil version instead. Keep .308, add .338 Federal which is another .308 case-based round, instead of the Win Mag.
All are .308-based and all would use the exact same short action.

The .338 Fed would be a natural with 210-gr Nosler Partitions or Barnes TSXs at 2630 fps. This new caliber is really a pretty handy and user-friendly one offering a heavy big-bore bullet to penetrate well and open a big hole, yet with a reasonable recoil level for light rifles. It's recoil ft/lbs with 210s is between that of the 180/'06 and 175/7mm Mag, but recoil velocitywould make it feel more like the '06 rather than any 7mm Mag load.
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Re: Savage hog hunter in 338 win mag
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012, 07:35:54 PM »
Good article on hog guns. It seems like folks are using just about everything on hogs these days (although no one in this article is using 7.62 x 39 - - even though this round will do the job just fine)

http://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/hunting/2012/05/hog-guns-15-great-hog-hunting-rifles-and-handguns?photo=0#node-1001355211

I think a great rifle/cartridge combo for hogs at less than 200 yards would be an AR in .450 Bushmaster.  I can't think of a better combination of stopping power, flat trajectory, and low to moderate recoil (but if you can think of something better, I'd like to hear about it.)  Top off the upper with a red dot and you would have an awesome hog killing machine.  Downside, is that an AR in .450 Bushmaster is fairly pricey. 

Another nice option for hogs in the brush at less than 100 yards at a great price is the Rossi Rio Grande in .45-70 which can be had for less than $500.



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Re: Savage hog hunter in 338 win mag
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 08:46:46 PM »
I just shot a hog 2 weeks ago with a .243win. It may have been a little light. Probably step up a caliber or two if I ever get to go again. .338 win mag??? That's for dinosaurs!!!
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Re: Savage hog hunter in 338 win mag
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 01:53:16 PM »
If I was living in the north country I mi9might want a 338.  It was popular when I was in Alaska.  For hogs, any of the popular deer rifles will work.  30-30, 7.62x39, 7-08, 308 all come to mind.  I would be quite happy with a SKS going after hogs.
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Re: Savage hog hunter in 338 win mag
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2012, 07:53:03 PM »
I agree it's a little bit of overkill for hogs, but if you want a .338 for any reason it's a great deal. My 110 in 30-06 has a good bit of kick to it so I have to admit I wouldn't be looking forward to shooting it very often. Does anyone have one of these models? I've been considering getting the same gun in .223 for a varmint gun before I move out west next year.