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Which is better to use when deer hunting with a 12 guage shotgun, No 4 buckshot or 00 buckshot?

Question by seth.weakley. Uploaded on November 03, 2009

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Neither! You should use only slugs on deer. No acceptions.

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from seth.weakley wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Acceptions? You mean exceptions. Ok but why?

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Yep, thanks for the correction. I mean you shouldn't use shot because it is rather unethical. I mean, if you shoot a deer with a slug (a single projectile) you will be more likely to make a good shot and not tear up any other parts of the deer. If you shoot it with shot, you will be sending lots of projectiles all over in the deers body and probably not as accurately. The pellets will go throughout the deer and cause more damage to the guts and not only the heart. Not to mention you may spoil some great meat.

So what I am saying is one well-placed shot is much better than a dozen not-so-well-placed shots. Either one wil kill the deer, but the slug is much more humane and practical. I hope that helps.

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from seth.weakley wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Thanks. Does anybody disagree? And why?

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from rampageingapes wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If youre going to use shot i suggest that you actually use the 1 buck 24 pellets cause i used 00 for a while and ive found that the 1 buck works better for me.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

keep it under 30 yards and either size buckshot will drop whitetail.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I agree with hjohn that slugs are best but I think there are exceptions. In dense vegetation, where your shots are fairly short & you have a lot of obstructions--branches, etc., the buckshot might be better. I suggest No 1 or 00.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Buckshot is okay for anti-personnel use in combat where you don't care much whether you kill or wound the enemy. But for sporting purposes, the likelihood of wounding big game is too high to be considered humane, IMHO. And the higher the number on the buckshot, the closer it is to birdshot, which is about the last thing you would consider appropriate for deer hunting.

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from WhitetailHunter706 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

i have to agree you need to use slugs especially if you think there is any chance you will be shooting more than 20 to 25 yards. But if you absolutely want to use shot i recommend No 1 but i highly unadvise it and good hunting

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from seth.weakley wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Thanks all. Unadvise? Anyways where I plan on hunting with my shotgun it is very dense and any shots I make will definitely be under 20 yards.

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from minigunner111 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

It's called BUCKshot it was designed for deer 1 or 00 works.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I'm with the majority...use slugs.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Mabey it's called "buckshot" but it should be called "burgerler-shot" or "things-taht-go-bump-in-the-night-shot." Or how about "hornet-nest-shot."

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Slugs and only slugs, I've seen to many deer wounded by buckshot!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Definately agree with the Majority SLUCS!

# 4 Buckshot for Bad Guys and smaller things .

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from seadog wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If money is a big concern, since you're hunting a dense area with short shooting lanes, 00 buck should be an acceptable option for you. It's probably your least expensive option. Keep in mind that a longer shot may wound a deer and a high or low shot could hit the deer with one or two pellets and not bring it down. If you go with the buckshot, you should start saving your money for a slug barrel next year. Good luck & have a safe hunt.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Hey, why'd you guys hit hjohn with the - ? I thought his comment was funny, even though I only partly agree. lol

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from huntnow wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

may want to check your regualtions here. some states do not allow deer hunting with 00 buck despite it's name. at any rate, you will be more successful with a rifled slug and are very unlikely to have a wounded deer and more likely to have a dead deer.

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from seth.weakley wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Ok thanks all. Now what is a good choke to use with 00 Buck? All I have right now is a modified choke and a Undertaker Turkey choke. Obviosly I shouldn't use the turkey choke. Is the modified choke okay to use with 00 buckshot?

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from seadog wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

The modified choke should be good. I'm not sure if the modified or improved cylinder would be better, but modified will give you a tighter pattern, so I think it's better. You're right about the turkey choke--too much.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Use slugs... not buckshot unless you are within 20 yards... even then why?

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

In my parts plenty of deer hunters hunt on the ground, stalking their whitetails, usually still hunting around deer bedding areas in heavy coniferous swamps.Some hunters still use buckshot hunting this way because shots are very close and in thick cover.I usually stick with a .30/30 when hunting this way, in case a longer shot is needed.I believe buckshot has earned such a bad reputation due to hunters over pushing the rounds limits.It is a short range round and when used within its 30 yard max limit is a very effective round.Its the same principal as seeing deer with arrow wounds because an irresponsible or inexperienced bow hunter took a 50 yard shot at a deer when he normally shoots at 30 yards max during practice.

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from Bigeasttx wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I have killed well over a hundred deer and 99% with a shotgun and buckshot. You really need to understand your shotgun pattern. No two pattern the same and you need to fire a minimum of five rounds into a 12 inch by 12 inch target at 40 yards. Rarely will a full choke pattern well with double ought, a full choke usually performs better with No 1 buck or Number 4.
Typically double ought and single ought pattern better out of a modified choke.
Some shotguns won't pattern buckshot well at all, I own eight 12 gauges and four 16's. I have one 12 that doesn'tlike any buckshot as well as one 16.
I still shoot a model 97 with a 30 inch full that will put 12 out of 16 no 1's in a pie plate at fifty yards. I have no clue how many hundreds of deer have been taken with this shotgun as my granfather bought it in 1907. My favorite is a 1937 Model 12 28 inch full sixteen gauge which will put 12 out of 12 no 1's in a twelve inch circle at fifty steps.
In the Big Thicket the shotgun is the prefered weapon. Taking a shotgun into the woods that you have not patterned is unethical way to hunt and a waste of time. Pattern Pattern Pattern your shotgun with different loads and chokes if it doesn't put 2/3's of your shoot in a 12X12 square at forty yards you need another load or a differnt choke. And spme shotguns are better for trot line weights than hunting deer.

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from Winchester 92 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

buck shot of either size will work just dont use it at longer ranges and if you can just use slugs instead.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

keep it under 30 yards and either size buckshot will drop whitetail.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Neither! You should use only slugs on deer. No acceptions.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Yep, thanks for the correction. I mean you shouldn't use shot because it is rather unethical. I mean, if you shoot a deer with a slug (a single projectile) you will be more likely to make a good shot and not tear up any other parts of the deer. If you shoot it with shot, you will be sending lots of projectiles all over in the deers body and probably not as accurately. The pellets will go throughout the deer and cause more damage to the guts and not only the heart. Not to mention you may spoil some great meat.

So what I am saying is one well-placed shot is much better than a dozen not-so-well-placed shots. Either one wil kill the deer, but the slug is much more humane and practical. I hope that helps.

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from rampageingapes wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If youre going to use shot i suggest that you actually use the 1 buck 24 pellets cause i used 00 for a while and ive found that the 1 buck works better for me.

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from WhitetailHunter706 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

i have to agree you need to use slugs especially if you think there is any chance you will be shooting more than 20 to 25 yards. But if you absolutely want to use shot i recommend No 1 but i highly unadvise it and good hunting

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I'm with the majority...use slugs.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

The modified choke should be good. I'm not sure if the modified or improved cylinder would be better, but modified will give you a tighter pattern, so I think it's better. You're right about the turkey choke--too much.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

In my parts plenty of deer hunters hunt on the ground, stalking their whitetails, usually still hunting around deer bedding areas in heavy coniferous swamps.Some hunters still use buckshot hunting this way because shots are very close and in thick cover.I usually stick with a .30/30 when hunting this way, in case a longer shot is needed.I believe buckshot has earned such a bad reputation due to hunters over pushing the rounds limits.It is a short range round and when used within its 30 yard max limit is a very effective round.Its the same principal as seeing deer with arrow wounds because an irresponsible or inexperienced bow hunter took a 50 yard shot at a deer when he normally shoots at 30 yards max during practice.

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from seth.weakley wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Acceptions? You mean exceptions. Ok but why?

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from seth.weakley wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Thanks. Does anybody disagree? And why?

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from seadog wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I agree with hjohn that slugs are best but I think there are exceptions. In dense vegetation, where your shots are fairly short & you have a lot of obstructions--branches, etc., the buckshot might be better. I suggest No 1 or 00.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Buckshot is okay for anti-personnel use in combat where you don't care much whether you kill or wound the enemy. But for sporting purposes, the likelihood of wounding big game is too high to be considered humane, IMHO. And the higher the number on the buckshot, the closer it is to birdshot, which is about the last thing you would consider appropriate for deer hunting.

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from seth.weakley wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Thanks all. Unadvise? Anyways where I plan on hunting with my shotgun it is very dense and any shots I make will definitely be under 20 yards.

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from minigunner111 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

It's called BUCKshot it was designed for deer 1 or 00 works.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If money is a big concern, since you're hunting a dense area with short shooting lanes, 00 buck should be an acceptable option for you. It's probably your least expensive option. Keep in mind that a longer shot may wound a deer and a high or low shot could hit the deer with one or two pellets and not bring it down. If you go with the buckshot, you should start saving your money for a slug barrel next year. Good luck & have a safe hunt.

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from huntnow wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

may want to check your regualtions here. some states do not allow deer hunting with 00 buck despite it's name. at any rate, you will be more successful with a rifled slug and are very unlikely to have a wounded deer and more likely to have a dead deer.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Slugs and only slugs, I've seen to many deer wounded by buckshot!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Definately agree with the Majority SLUCS!

# 4 Buckshot for Bad Guys and smaller things .

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from seadog wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Hey, why'd you guys hit hjohn with the - ? I thought his comment was funny, even though I only partly agree. lol

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from seth.weakley wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Ok thanks all. Now what is a good choke to use with 00 Buck? All I have right now is a modified choke and a Undertaker Turkey choke. Obviosly I shouldn't use the turkey choke. Is the modified choke okay to use with 00 buckshot?

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Use slugs... not buckshot unless you are within 20 yards... even then why?

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from Bigeasttx wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I have killed well over a hundred deer and 99% with a shotgun and buckshot. You really need to understand your shotgun pattern. No two pattern the same and you need to fire a minimum of five rounds into a 12 inch by 12 inch target at 40 yards. Rarely will a full choke pattern well with double ought, a full choke usually performs better with No 1 buck or Number 4.
Typically double ought and single ought pattern better out of a modified choke.
Some shotguns won't pattern buckshot well at all, I own eight 12 gauges and four 16's. I have one 12 that doesn'tlike any buckshot as well as one 16.
I still shoot a model 97 with a 30 inch full that will put 12 out of 16 no 1's in a pie plate at fifty yards. I have no clue how many hundreds of deer have been taken with this shotgun as my granfather bought it in 1907. My favorite is a 1937 Model 12 28 inch full sixteen gauge which will put 12 out of 12 no 1's in a twelve inch circle at fifty steps.
In the Big Thicket the shotgun is the prefered weapon. Taking a shotgun into the woods that you have not patterned is unethical way to hunt and a waste of time. Pattern Pattern Pattern your shotgun with different loads and chokes if it doesn't put 2/3's of your shoot in a 12X12 square at forty yards you need another load or a differnt choke. And spme shotguns are better for trot line weights than hunting deer.

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from Winchester 92 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

buck shot of either size will work just dont use it at longer ranges and if you can just use slugs instead.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Mabey it's called "buckshot" but it should be called "burgerler-shot" or "things-taht-go-bump-in-the-night-shot." Or how about "hornet-nest-shot."

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