|"What are you *snort* lookin' at? *snort*"|
Hog Hunting in the South
I haven't been a big hunter in many years, as I've said before. But there's a type of hunting I've been wanting to try for several years but not gotten around to. Hogs. Seems appropriate today, as the Arkansas Razorbacks just bloodied my Tigers, right? However, I might like to bag some venison this year, too; something I haven't needed to do in many years since I was typically given at least one deer by customers every year while working outdoor retail. All of the benefits with none of the effort. Why bother hunting?
|A Winchester 1894 Lever Action Carbine.|
A big-bore heavy thumper that won't change trajectory easily if it nips a branch would seem the way to go. Even if it keyholes, it's still more likely to make it's mark than something like a .243win. A chambering in the .44mag or .45colt realm might be nice. Especially since I have the .45colt six-gun already. These aren't very good for shots beyond about 100-150 yards, though, if the need arises. 200 yards is doable, but is a big arc. There's .45-70, but those are expensive trigger pulls. And all of those are typically lever action, which have skyrocketed in price for good, sturdy examples since the cowboy action craze came about. I still want something that'll hit hard though. Ah, wait...slugs.
This may be the answer. A combo shotgun. I need a defensive shotgun anyway. Being that I can't afford most of the semi-auto shotguns on the market, and the ones that I possibly could afford aren't really that good, I should probably look to pump action. I could go with a
Mossberg 500 pump in 12 gauge with multiple barrels! I've thought of this before, but not to the extent that it just hit me. Mossberg sells this (http://www.basspro.com/
|The Mossberg 500 Dual Combo - My pick as the Best All Around firearm.|
|Example of a Rifled Slug. Notice the rifling molded into the projectile.|
|A Projectile in a plastic Sabot.|
I've solved it. If you can only afford one firearm, are all about practicality, and enjoy hunting as well as needing a defensive piece, a Mossberg 500 with 3-4 barrels is your puppy. I'm going to start saving my change now, since I won't be giving up my AR-15 to get the 500. But I will be getting a 500!