Wild hog hunting keeps growing in popularity, thanks in no small part to the astounding expansion of feral hog populations, currently estimated at somewhere between 4 and 5 million strong. With this surge in the hunting of these wild porkers, gun makers have started designing and selling hog specific rifles, as well as ammunition and other gear.
But hogs are found over such a wide geographic area — from North Carolina west to New Mexico, along the length of California, and well into the Midwest — that no one hog gun is going to be able to do it all. What works for the hunter stalking pigs in the swamps of Florida, probably isn’t going to get the job done on hogs strung out along the California foothills.
Traditionally, most hunters just used their deer rifles on feral hogs, and got pretty good results.
Many of these long-time hog killers are still out there getting the job done, like the iconic Winchester Model 94. But in the brave new world of hog hunting, night vision scopes and suppressors are becoming increasingly common gear, and many of the newer pig guns have a tactical edge.
With this in mind, we take a look at some of the best hog rifles out there, the old, the new, the tactical, and the custom.