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I just bought a Savage model 11 hog hunter in 308 and I was wondering if I should put a scope on it or just shoot it the open si

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  • I just bought a Savage model 11 hog hunter in 308 and I was wondering if I should put a scope on it or just shoot it the open si

    I just bought a Savage model 11 hog hunter in 308 and I was wondering if I should put a scope on it or just shoot it the open sights? Thanks.

  • #2
    Iron sights or a red dot would be my choice.

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    • #3
      There are lots of differing ideas on "hog" hunting. I've shot several hogs from a deer stand. I've killed even more "busting" thickets. I've taken the most ferals with a Ruger "Single Six" with the .22 LR cylinder in place.

      From a stand/blind, a scope (low power) is a nice addition.
      From the "brush busting" aspect, a medium (.30-30 Win class) caliber in a short, carbine"ish", iron sighted lever/semi-auto weapon shines. Btush busting ferals is a close-quarters-combat situation so "quick" second/follow up shots are necessary.
      As for the .22? Hog trapping!
      So outfit your rifle to fulfill your personal likes.
      For a scope, I'd consider a variable. Low power for up close and high power to compliment that rangy .308.

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      • #4
        My dad has one (308 too)for deer. I had a scope put on for him. FirstBubba said it best. This is a nice rifle, but it does seem a bit chunky.

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        • #5
          My go to hog rig is a light, handy 30-06 with iron sights. I've never used it over 100 yards on hogs. For up-close and personal iron sights are hard to beat. If I were to scope it I would use a 1-4X.

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          • #6
            I recommend open sights. Big boars are fast and will charge at times. By the time you acquire one in a scope, you might be missing a leg. Hog hunting is close range brush busting with fast moving and dangerous prey. If you do use a scope, make sure it is a low power like a 2x with an exceptionally large field of view.

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            • #7
              The biggest factor to keep in mind is application. Some key questions to ask yourself are: what's the terrain like? How far would the shots be? Are dogs involved or not? Am I pursuing the hogs at night or during the day?

              If you're gonna hunt hogs like you would deer, then a decent scope is justified. However, if your gonna hunt in brush where the furthest shot is 30 yards, stay with iron sights. I know red scopes. Are popular, however, unless your in a tactical type setting, they're pointless. Why spend money on a red dot scope when the iron sights do exactly the same thing. The biggest factor of all is comfort. The key is what are you comfortable shooting with.

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