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what is the max effective range of 00 buckshot using 3" shells out of a 12 gauge? i don't know if i feel comfortable shootin past 60 yards with them, but i wanted to get you guys thoughts.

Question by troutslayer. Uploaded on October 27, 2009

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from country road wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from radam wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

a super full choke would increace your distance

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from farmboy4240 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

depending on the choke, full choke would reach out there close to 60 yards. Just gotta try it out

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

40 yds in my opinion, maybe less.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I agree with thuroy.. 00buck is a close qrtrs round best used in home defense or close kill situations.
I prefer slugs to buckshot

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Slugs are more effective at that range than OO.

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from dibsandrew wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Del in KS is absolutely right on.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from country road wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from radam wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

a super full choke would increace your distance

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from farmboy4240 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

depending on the choke, full choke would reach out there close to 60 yards. Just gotta try it out

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

40 yds in my opinion, maybe less.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I agree with thuroy.. 00buck is a close qrtrs round best used in home defense or close kill situations.
I prefer slugs to buckshot

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Slugs are more effective at that range than OO.

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from dibsandrew wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Del in KS is absolutely right on.

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