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    7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    I want to use my M-44 Nagant Carbine to hunt feral hogs. I'm looking for a good reasonably priced round for that. I know all the surplus ammo is cheap but I'm thinking it's probably not the best choice the feral hog. Suggestions ?

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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Winchester's got a 2600fps 180 grain soft point load for you: http://www.winchester.com/Products/r...s/MC54RSP.aspx

    Should solve your problem.
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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    There's plenty of soft point hunting rounds out there from 150-203gr.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/find?&sortb...mensionid=9826

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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Won't such a gun shoot .308 win? Take your pick.
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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Quote Originally Posted by NN View Post
    Won't such a gun shoot .308 win?
    Not unless he figures out how to put a rim on the case and change the taper.


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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Cool, that will work out nicely. Never thought about hunting with this one but it's a handy little rifle and ammo seems pretty cheap.

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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Quote Originally Posted by NN View Post
    Won't such a gun shoot .308 win? Take your pick.
    Hence the R (Rimmed) on 7.62 X 54R...besides you know the rule about shooting ammo other than that for which your rifle is chambered...
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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Well then it won't
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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Quote Originally Posted by NN View Post
    Won't such a gun shoot .308 win? Take your pick.
    No.

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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    If you miss, use the pointy, staby thing like the nobles of olde. Or, opt for the Freidrick IV Boar spear from Armor.com

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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawker View Post
    Hence the R (Rimmed) on 7.62 X 54R...besides you know the rule about shooting ammo other than that for which your rifle is chambered...
    It's not the same anyway. The .308 case is 51mm and the Nagant cartridge is 54mm long. Never put a round that you're not sure of in your rifle. It can have devistating effects. Just because the name is similar, that means nothing. It's like the difference in a 7-08 and a 7mm Mauser. Not much difference? Enough to blow a hole in your head or blind and mame you.
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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Getting back to the original question, this would make a great hog gun. I would think the performance is about equal to a .308 Win. or at least a .300 Savage and either would be great for hogs. I wouldn't mount a scope because of the likely ranges. Also, there are problems to overcome to mount a scope. If you want a rifle to scope, get a Yugo Mauser. it is more receptive to such modifications.

    But if you want a scoped rifle my suggestion is just get a Steven's 200 in .308, because any mil surp will cost you at least the difference in price to modify. I build Mausers because I'm partial to the action, not for economics.
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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    The Wolf Gold Line stuff works great in my 91/30 Mosin, and hits right at point of aim. I have taken it hunting a few times, but never had the chance to shoot with it.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/989...oint-box-of-20

    The only thing that will limit you is that a lot of hog hunting is in low light. Scope mounting is not as easy on a Mosin as it is on other bolt guns.
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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    I'm loading some 125 gr. Softpoints (311) bullets for my M/N.

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    Re: 7.62x54 round for hunting Feral Hogs

    Quote Originally Posted by bullsi1911 View Post
    The Wolf Gold Line stuff works great in my 91/30 Mosin, and hits right at point of aim. I have taken it hunting a few times, but never had the chance to shoot with it.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/989...oint-box-of-20

    The only thing that will limit you is that a lot of hog hunting is in low light. Scope mounting is not as easy on a Mosin as it is on other bolt guns.
    I love Wolf Gold. I bought a bunch of it a couple years back for my Mausers. Although I haven't reloaded any of it yet, the brass seems to be good quality and the loaded factory rounds are pretty consistent shooting too. I can't complain.
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