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9 Reasons to Consider Weatherby's Hog Reaper Rifle

Weatherby has entered the hog hunting market, and Brian McCombie has tested it. He's offered nine reasons you should be paying attention to the Hog Reaper.


At the 2013 SHOT Show, Weatherby unveiled its entry into the growing wild pig hunting market, the Hog Reaper. Part of the rifle maker’s new Weatherby-X line, the Reaper is available in .223 Rem., .243 Win., 7 mm-08 Rem. and .308 Win. Essentially a carbine-length version of the rifle maker’s popular Vanguard series, the Reaper sports a 20-inch barrel (four inches shorter than the Vanguard), and an edgy, unique hog skull camouflage pattern on its composite stock.

While I haven’t had a chance to give it a thorough bench test, I used two different Hog Reapers on two separate hunts last fall: a .243 Reaper on a Wyoming antelope hunt and prairie dog shoot; then, a .308 model during a central California hog hunt.

My first impressions? Hog hunters in the market for a new rifle should give the new Reaper serious consideration for these nine reasons:

1) It’s accurate. Weatherby gives the Reaper a SUB-MOA accuracy guarantee—a three shot group measuring .99 inches or less at 100 yards with specified Weatherby factory or premium ammunition.

As noted, I haven’t been able to print any paper with the rifle, but I took down an antelope at 120 yards and a 230-pound boar at 180 yards, one shot and done in both cases. Now, those aren’t tiny animals and any respectable rifle should be able to score hits at those ranges. But I also knocked down over a dozen Wyoming prairie dogs with the .243, half of them at 200 to 250 yards, almost all with one shot.

2) The shorter barrel lets you swing quickly on a running target, especially when the shooting’s up close and fast. With the Reaper, I took down a 150-pound black sow running furiously from my right to left at 50 yards.

3) A solid rifle but not heavy, the Reaper weighs 7 pounds and was light on the shoulder, even when hiking up and down some really steep California ravines and slopes.

4) The stock’s hog skull camo, by Proveil Camouflage of Wisconsin, is very cool. At least, I think so. Some shooters probably won’t like it. That’s OK—more for those of us who do!

5) The Hog Reaper has a match-quality two-stage trigger, with a crisp let off, and it is adjustable down to 2.5 pounds.

6) The Mauser-style bolt action, with dual-opposed lugs, works smooth and locks up positively.

7) Since it comes without open sights and is drilled and tapped for optics, you could buy a new scope, too.

8) The rifle’s three-position safety is a real plus. Located to the right of the bolt sleeve, the safety can be set on Safe (S), Fire (F) and “|”for unloading. When set to “S” or “|”, the rifle’s sear is blocked to prevent an accidental discharge.

9) You can own a Weatherby for under $750!

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13 Responses to 9 Reasons to Consider Weatherby's Hog Reaper Rifle

Todd wrote:
June 07, 2014

'I started shooting hogs in TX with a bolt gun and figured out real quick that its was a very bad choice. I ended up getting a SOCOM 16 now that is truly a hog gun. Semi auto is a must.' Semi-auto for hogs a must? Don't believe it unless you're a horrible shot.

Harris wrote:
July 12, 2013

I started shooting hogs in TX with a bolt gun and figured out real quick that its was a very bad choice. I ended up getting a SOCOM 16 now that is truly a hog gun. Semi auto is a must.

Randy Saffell wrote:
June 10, 2013

Pre 64 Winchester 30-30 and iron sights. One shot, One Kill. Anytime. 150 yards. Carry it in my saddle 24-7 Enough said.

Jim wrote:
May 25, 2013

My Tika T-3 in .308 will do whatever this will do.

Mike wrote:
May 05, 2013

Just buy a Howard 1500 same gun half the price

al wrote:
April 25, 2013

Da, were is the Big Bore? 450 Marlin would be nice in this Gun.

DSMbirddog wrote:
March 06, 2013

I have to agree that these dedicated hog rifles are strictly a marketing ploy. In this case this rifle would more likely fit my idea of a "mountain rifle". Light weight and easy to carry long distances.

Vanessa wrote:
March 05, 2013

I liked the prototype better. Bring back the option for open sights. Also, as a woman, I don't want hog skulls on my rifle. Had planned on picking this up in .308, but not now. Too bad, was really looking forward to this rifle

Recon222 wrote:
March 05, 2013

as the man said 1 shot from any rifle in the hands of someone that knows what they are doing is 1 kill. from 22 LR to 50. It's called practice!

R.E. Hafner wrote:
March 05, 2013

Made in Japan, Germany, The Czech Republic or anywhere else, if the quality is good buy it. I have not owned a Weatherby product that was disappointing which is a lot more than I can say for some of the made in the USA products. Also their customer service is excellent!

wm mcdannold II wrote:
March 04, 2013

I'm a retired professional firearms safety supervisor with a lifetime of knowledge about hunting and gun makers - the entire ball-of-wax. This ranks right at the top of industry sucker-bait offerings. Use what you have! Hogs (and anything else) die from bullets sent by ANY rifle of adequate caliber!

Randy California wrote:
March 04, 2013

Is the "Great American Rifle" still made in Japan?

txracks wrote:
March 04, 2013

a hog gun that is not semiautomatic....seriously?