It was a clear cool morning in South Florida, just West of Lake Okeechobee. The moon shed little light in the sky which provided our hunting group a beautiful view of the stars and their constellations. Almost an omen, Orion, the celestial hunter, shined brilliantly up above. We quickly climbed up into the Chappy's Outfittersswamp buggy and zoomed through the congested tropical terrain of the Florida Everglades. I was the last to be dropped off. It was dark and extremely quiet. That would change after the sun rose.
After moving down a narrow path, fifteen yards in front of me a black wild hog suddenly crashed through the saw palmettos to my left sprinting toward the right side of the path. With only a fraction of a second to react I immediately identified the target and unleashed two consecutive shots of Remington 130 grain 300BLK Hog Hammer loaded with Barnes TSX bullets. Double Taps aren’t just for range days!
On a recent deer and hog hunt with Mellon Creek Outfitters near Corpus Christie, Texas, I and three other writers on the hunt were given out choice of rifles: several bolt actions, a couple different DPMS AR’s in .308 Win, and a neat looking little AR done in a camo finish. I picked up the AR and examined it. It was a brand new Remington R-25 chambered in .243 Win and topped with a Trijicon AccuPoint 2.5-10x56mm scope.
Given my preference for tactical hunting, I figured I had found the rifle to start my hunt. A hog, three deer and a coyote later I knew I had to own this kit. Keep reading and you'll understand why.
“You have an AR-15. You’re coming.”
So, despite my naïve protests about being a shooter not a hunter, I was dragged into the world of tactical hunting. A pile of dead hogs later, I was hooked. I no longer own any of the gear I used that day. I’ve gone through many iterations and changes in my kit. Thanks in part to my role here at SHWAT.com I’ve had opportunities to try all kinds of configurations for hog hunting guns. So when I was recently asked about how to set up an AR-15 for Hog Hunting, I readily agreed to answer here. While I’ll be the first to say that there’s no one size that fits all, when you’ve finished reading I think you’ll have a better idea of how to set up your own AR-15 for some tactical hog hunting. Then it’s time to chase some wild boar!
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