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    Got invited hunting

    I got invited boar hunting today. I haven't been hunting before so thankfully it's a while down the road. Gives me an opportunity for some range time, and maybe a few smaller hunts. Since the rifle range I use is closed for the next 2 months I am out of luck when it comes to shooting, but this gives me a chance to figure out a rifle.

    I do not own any hunting rifles only an AK. My shooting with rifles has typically been more relaxed. Looking for hits on my shoot n see's was enough for me. Going to have to change my focus a bit. Aim for a little more accuracy.

    So now I have no idea where to start. No idea what calibers to look at, what actions etc. Really any input is useful at this point. What calibers would you recommend? Any guns specifically? Bolt vs. Semi.

    Just testing the waters and trying to get a direction here.
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    A guy at work hunts boar with an AR chambered in .308. Seems like a suitable caliber for the job. 30.06 would probably do well also.

    Just remember, a bad day of hunting always beats a good day of work!

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    Just use the AK, it'll do fine. Quick second shot capability is a plus. That 7.62 will kill that pig dead. Lots of people here use SKS's for hog hunting and it works well.

    When and if you do see a pig, dont make a rookie mistake by shooting at the whole pig. A pig is a bit different in anatomy than a deer, shoot right behind that front leg into the heart/lung area and even if it runs off it will die.

    Pick a spot, aim and fire. Remember, aim small, miss small. Chances are, your shots will be close, in the brush, and you'll have at most a few seconds to sight and fire. It'll be fast and furious and then the fun is over and the work begins.
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    Make sure what your shooting at before you pull the trigger! Also be aware of where your shot will go should you miss. Be careful, and enjoy yourself.
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    .44 Mag hand gun should do.

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    Lucky SkunK!

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    I guess if the AK is adequate the bigger issue is optics. My AK is a saiga that I converted. I intend on getting a scope mount for the side rail anyhow.

    Need to figure out some nice glass and some good ammo if I go with the ak. or maybe this is a good excuse to look into a bolt action.

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    Hope it wasn't Dick Cheney that invited you.
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    Might want to pick up a hunting license too.
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    I'd hate to talk a guy out of getting a new gun, but the AK will do the job. Just stay away from surplus ammo and it'll do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C hawk Glock View Post
    Might want to pick up a hunting license too.
    Good Idea!!

    Anyone know of some decent scopes that I can mount on an AK?

    With the side mounts am I better off going the the 30mm tube scope mount or the picatinny.

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    I wouldnt use a scope as most shots are liable to be short and quick.

    If you are hunting from a stand or over a field, maybe, otherwise no.
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    This is turning into a huge disappointment. No new gun, no optics. Will have to put that money into ammo and shooting.

    Was thinking of getting a peep sight and red dot for my ak. Wonder if either of those would be of any use. Otherwise sounds like I am well set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelin03 View Post
    This is turning into a huge disappointment. No new gun, no optics. Will have to put that money into ammo and shooting.

    Was thinking of getting a peep sight and red dot for my ak. Wonder if either of those would be of any use. Otherwise sounds like I am well set.
    If you got the cash get an aimpoint. If you want something that will perform about 99 percent of the aimpoint, get a vortex sparc. It would be a great hog killer.
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