Both calibers are great, but the .338 Win Mag will be much more expensive and may be a lot more power than you may need for most hogs. That isn't to say that too much power is bad, but only that you may be paying a lot more for what you don't use in terms of power.
Well the 338 will definitely drop em. So will the 77/44 but within 150yds or so. Get what you can in this environment. I had the 458 socom on my short list and could not afford it. But then one day in Nov i just went ahead and did it. Dropped the dime and bought an upper on line and the last lower from the lgs. Put it all together and it is a blast. Is a shorter range gun, <200yds. But if you hit em it is an absolute freight train.
Few loads ready to go
Some I shot yesterday
And a comparison with the .223
But like I said, get what you can and learn how to shoot it. 338, 308, 7mm, any of them and others will work great for hogs.
Funny how that works, isn't it? I have a Savage 116 - 7mm Remington Mag with a great scope, and I've got my heart set on 45/70 much like yours. lol You know how it goes. You think, "And then I'll be happy with that forever!"
If it was me id get the ruger I think the .338 will be to heavy, loud, and overkill. But depending on your environment it may not be ive heard the .338 is a pain with out HEAVY ear protection on the other hand the .44 could shoot 200 yds easy and would have enough power and enough bullet options to drop a big hog.
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