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What would be a better choice for feral hogs remington 740 (30-06) or a remington 700 .243

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  • WTXWildlifer
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    Use the .243 and make a well placed shot. The 30-06 would be better past 200 yards but you should have a closer shot than that.

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  • WTXWildlifer
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    Use the .243 and make a well placed shot. The 30-06 would be better past 200 yards but you should have a closer shot than that.

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  • PigHunter
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    Thanks Quinton. Just noticed the original post listed a Remington 740 semi-auto. My bad, misread it to be the 760 pump-action. I've had great success with shooting multiple pigs up close with a scoped bolt-action so action and sights are not as important to me as is the projectile size and construction. Going with larger bullets is my preference for pigs.

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    I would carry the 740 if hunting on the ground, or stalking and trailing. If hunting from a stand, either would do the job, but you will only get one shot with the .243. My personal favorite is a '94 .30-30 or .375 Winchester.

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  • PAShooter
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    How do you plan to hunt them? The 740 is not known for its accuracy, but being a semi-auto would have the better follow up shots. The 700/243 is known for accuracy and would be better at longer range. The .243 with 100 grain bullets and good placement would effectively dispatch them. If your style is more "fast and furious", I would opt for the 740/30-06.

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  • Safado
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    I use a bolt action in 30-06 with iron sights for hogs. 180 grain core locks are bad juju on hogs.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Don't know your hunting "method", but the Marlin is quite sufficient for "pigs".
    Iron sights, lever action, short carbine style offers low recoil which helps with quick follow up shots. Quick target reacquisition with iron sights and easy maneuverability. Marlin's the way to go!

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  • Quinton Schmelzenbach
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    PigHunter: I should think you would know...

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  • Brock Holloway
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    I also have a marlin 30-30

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  • PigHunter
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    It depends on how you plan to hunt. The .243 bolt-action will be adequate if hunting over bait and you have leisure in choosing the shot. The .30-06 pump will be better if shots at running pigs are possible. In either case, shot placement is key. Like others have stated, pigs can be tough to bring down.

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  • habben97
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    hey bubba he does have a 30-30. talked to him today and he said he will probably use it or the ought six.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Got a .30-30?
    Then I'd go with the 740 Rem. You need quick follow up shots a bolt can't accomplish.

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  • Quinton Schmelzenbach
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    I would go with the .223. My friend in S. Texas hunts with a .223, just don't aim for the chest. Go for the neck. If you aim for the chest, that bullet will get stopped in its tracks by the armor plate.
    P.s. If you want to have some fun, go after them with a bow. The first animal I ever killed was a +150# boar in S. Texas at 16 yards. At tonne of fun. But I must add, make sure you have that .45 close at hand and loaded. They do charge.

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  • 99explorer
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    My vote also goes to the .30-06.
    Some of those feral hogs can weigh in excess of 500 pounds.

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  • OutdoorEnvy
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    I'd go 30-06 too unless you know they're all going to be little Pigsicles, then the .243 would be fine.

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