I am 18 and I am looking to buy a rifle that i could use to hunt pigs. I was woundering what would be the best gun to buy and would a lever or bolt action be better. I dont want anything more powerful then 270 calibre or over $1500.
The question you have asked is a big one and certainly a controversial one. I’ll start by asking you a question:
What sort of pig hunting will you be doing?
Will you be crawling around in thick scrub? Will you be working with dogs? Will you be on foot and watching over dams to find them?
If you are going to be shooting pigs within short distances under 75m it really is hard to go past a Winchester or Marlin lever action in 30-30 these can be picked up for well under $900 used and I don’t think they cost more than that new. The 30-30 is a proven pig hunting cartridge under 100m and the lever action will allow you to perform quick follow up shots.
If you are hoping to come across pigs at a bit more of a distance, lets say 100-200m then consider a Ruger GSR with a 2-7 or 3-9×40 scope, it is a short, lightweight and accurate bolt action rifle in .308win with a big 10 shot mag which is handy when you come across a big mob of pigs, this will allow you to carry the GSR around all day as well as giving you a rifle that will comfortably take a pig out past 200m. It will also be good for taking pretty much everything but the largest of game Australia has to offer.
Now I know you said you didn’t want anything more powerful than a .270 but both the 30-30 and the 308 are less powerful (but a larger projectile) than the .270 and the .308 has the advantage of being one of the most popular cartridges in Australia so you will never not be able to find ammunition for it as every ammunition retailer will carry a boatload of .308 but likely lesser quantities and variety of .270win and 30-30 ammo.
I hope this helps.
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Jason Lownds with a Good Size Pig.