I've never been hog hunting, (I've always wanted to) but as far as the power of the little .17, I know first hand that they will go clean through a quarter at a measured 50 yards. I have the Savage model 93, I love it, its my go to plinker. Expensive to shoot compared to a .22 If hog hunting is any thing like deer hunting where you can get proper shot placement, I would think the .17 should do the job if you are only allowed a rim fire. Like I said, proper shot placement. Happy hunting.