Hunting pigs with a .22 magnum rifle

.22 Magnum for pig hunting


Q: I own a CZ .22 Magnum like yours and I have read that you have accounted for a number of goats and deer with it. Have you ever used it on pigs? If so, how did it go?

At present I am looking to put a scope on my rifle and know that you have a Swarovski 6x on your gun. What power of scope would you recommend?

Bill Brereton

A: I did have a 6x Swarovski on my CZ .22 WMR, but recently I stalked a pair of sows and all I could see in the scope was a big blur after I got within four metres.

Although I managed to get one sow the other got away in thick cover.

Most of my hunting locally is at 25 to 50 yards and only rarely reaches to 100 yards. I use Federal’s 50gn load exclusively and sight it for a 100yd zero.

After the fiasco with the sows I swapped the 6x scope for a Meopta Optika5 2-10×42 Z-Plex and leave it set on 2x.

This works fine for the close shots and I can crank it up if a longer shot offers.

However, I recommend you get a more compact scope such as a 2-7x or even 1.5-4x.

 

 

 


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The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.

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