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    Boar Calibres

    Seems opinions vary greatly on what is a sensible boar calibre for traditional european style shooting.

    Some are very capable of taking clean 1 shot kills with .270, 7x57, etc(similar sizes).

    Some feel you need at least a 30 mag or ideally a 9.3 or .375H

    I have even read thoughts of 404J on boar.

    Is there a general trend perhaps to overgun on boar a bit, yes, it can't be 'too' dead..but too much gun isn't going to give you any benefits in the quality of your shooting due to tiredness in shoulder and arms and/or fear of recoil.

    Not looking to stir things up, but would genuinely like to hear peoples thoughts and experiences, especially since the military calibre ban being lifted in France and boar hunters starting to significantly downsize their calibres..that to me begs to be explored a bit further, especially when you look at how effective a .270 with a 150g bullet or a 7x57 with a 175g bullet can be,,then why bother with big heavy hitters if performance isn't really superior/ammo costs/etc.
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    You may have seen it before (several times maybe), but I always like to view it again & again, this fella with a .270... https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...69eCZ7I-3_GG3Q
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    9.3 x 62 built on a '98 action. What more does one need to say.

    David.

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    I have used a .308 for years with success. However there is more margin for error with the bigger 9.3s on the driven stuff in my opinion.

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    David, I agree with you, it's a lovely calibre. I am putting one together as we speak on a beautiful persian (VZ24) 98 action. I have only a couple of issues with Otto's rifle is that it's a touch more than needed for roe, when you leave the woods and continue onto the hill for reds it's leaving itself a bit short for 200+yd shots if needed, same with PG, and for buff it's probably far from the knockdown effect of a 600 Nitro Express. So it's a beautiful calibre, but a bit of a jack of all trades master of none (apart from boar) LOL.

    This one will have a ghost ring and front ramp only, no scope, but it will be a close range woods rifle nothing else.
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    There's a lot to be said for 30.06 - very versatile and doesn't leave you wanting IMO although I know of a couple of guys considering .375H&H at the moment although they need definite Boar permission to satisfy the Beak (Wiltshire) - no such issues with 30.06
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    I've never shot a Boar to be fair but I believe it depends on what type of boar you intend to shoot as some boar are considerably bigger than other boar depending if your in the UK or Europe etc

    a .308 or 3006 will be relatively easy to add to a cert for boar ( and would probably cover most sizes ) but if you want a bigger cal such as .375 H&H ( and who doesn't ) you would probably have to fight your case that you need one for bigger boar in Europe etc

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    6.5x55 with 156gr ammo will do the job nicely. I'd rather use the same rifle for everything than grab something that's used maybe once a year, and have no muscle memory for the safety catch and trigger pull with 200kg of p*ssed off pig coming at me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by I. Farticus View Post
    6.5x55 with 156gr ammo will do the job nicely. I'd rather use the same rifle for everything than grab something that's used maybe once a year, and have no muscle memory for the safety catch and trigger pull with 200kg of p*ssed off pig coming at me!
    .

    There's a lot of truth in the above. To my way of thinking its more important that you are 100% familliar with your rifle. I've never been of the opinion that a larger calibre makes up for bad shot placement. I've also never understood why anyone would book a driven game trip and not put in a fair bit of practice before they went. With any type of driven game its all about shot placement. There are very few people if any who are natural shots. Plenty though who watch young Franz and think they are as good though.

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    Gentlemen,

    I use a 8x68s, with a 195gr SP. Spectacular performance on driven boar and more than good enough for moving away from the Boar front to the hill or even African game it has proven it self to be a very capable combination. Very moderate recoil more of a push than a kick.

    Regards

    JS

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