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Question by troutslayer. Uploaded on October 27, 2009
I think 60 yards is stretching far beyond the reliabilities of buckshot. True, it might kill something out there, but there is no way to predict accuracy. I'd say 45 yards max. Take it to the range and shoot at the old pie plate at different ranges and see what happens.
a super full choke would increace your distance
depending on the choke, full choke would reach out there close to 60 yards. Just gotta try it out
40 yds in my opinion, maybe less.
Full Choke at 60 yards pattern will be wide but still get a few in the kill zone
Do you have a place to pattern your gun? Use same targets set at variuos distances (30, 40, 45 50 and even 70 yards.
Don't use it unless you want to wound deer. If you are going to use it treat it like your bow hunting and 35 yards or less. They don't leave a great blood trail and I have found way too many deer that have pellets just under the skin. O.K. for coyotes were legal however.
I agree with thuroy.. 00buck is a close qrtrs round best used in home defense or close kill situations.
I prefer slugs to buckshot
Having grown up in Florida I have shot many deer with buckshot. You need to try different choke tubes with different loads to get the best pattern from your gun. IME full choke does not always shoot the best pattern with buckshot. Patternmaster makes a tube that does very well with large shot. If the gun will consistently put 4 or 5 pellets in a pie plate that is your max range whatever it may be. I have seen Florida deer (which are small) killed stone dead by a single pellet thru the ribcage but that is a stunt you should not try. After all is said and done slugs give you more range and a better blood trail.
One other thing if your gun has a fixed choke try different brands and try NO 1, single 0 and double 00 buck. You get more pellets with the smaller shot and they will kill also.
Slugs are more effective at that range than OO.
Del in KS is absolutely right on.
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