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Question by if its brown it.... Uploaded on August 05, 2011
I'd say use a slug unless if brush hunting, if so OO seems to get the job done.
IMO, the best choice is No. 1.
More shot in the "kill" zone relates to "quicker" kills and more hits/damage to vital organs.
I leave buckshot to home defense. Choose a good slug and wait for a good clean killing shot. Even if you are busting brush, you still need to have a good shot to get your deer. In Indiana we can only use slugs and i have shot and killed many deer that were moving with well placed shot from a slug.
Forty years ago, I killed a lot of deer with #1 buckshot when I used to participate in dog hunting drives. The consensus among hunters back then was that #1 buck tended to pattern more consistently than larger buckshot. My own test patterns tended to support this with double ought tending to clump to one side of the pattern or the other. No matter what you use, keep the range thirty yards or closer. Good hunting.
#1 short magnum, 20 pellets. Killed a bunch of deer with it back in the day. Keep your shots inside 50 yards, find which choke patterns them best and how far it will provide a killing pattern. I used a 30 pound feed sack which replicated the size of a deer.
You want at least 9-12 #1's, find out how far you can shoot till your shotgun won't do it.
IND_NRA DITTO"S, leave buckshot to home defense!
It's illegal to use buckshot in PA (except for one special area)... dunno where you are though. Consider a Foster-type slug out of your smooth barrel.
The question was not should I use a slug or buckshot. So to answer your question 00 buckshot is what I would use if it was legal where I hunt, and I wanted to use buckshot. That said, unless you are hunting very thick cover, best not to use it.
IND-where are you from in Indiana?
Nothing smaller than OO buck. There is a reason that the police use it.
@ countryroad: You reckon how many deer these guys have killed with buckshot that are touting 00 Buckshot? In a 2 3/4" gun, I'd rather have 20 pellets of #1 every time than 12 00 pellets.
The object with buckshot is to ventilate the lungs with as many projectiles as possible. Your not gonna kill with kinetic energy, but by hemmoraging (sp) and blood loss, much like an arrow, unless the target is VERY close and the entire load can be delivered to the target.
All in all, buckshot is a poor choice of a deer killer, but can be surprisingly effective if used properly.
I think the preference for OO Buck has more to do with penetration, esp. at unfavorable angles. I have never compared patterns.
My experience with OO Buck has been acceptable, but not exceptional, at ranges not exceeding 30 yards or so.
I should add that I do not like buckshot for deer at all. I am not a dog hunter, and do not take shots at running deer.
I think the reason buckshot is illegal in so many states is its capacity to wound, which makes it more suitable for military combat than the game fields.
It seems to be popular for following up wounded leopards in Africa, where a crippling shot at a charging leopard with the edge of the pattern is better than a complete miss.
last time i checked buckshot was illeagal for all federaly protected game ( deer, turkeys, elk ect) but you can shoot coyotes with it
00 buck shot, if it is legal to use where you hunt.
Res1956, I do not use buckshot to hunt deer, but I have seen it done, and I have seen deer wounded with #1 and get away. I have seen alot of deer killed with 00 buckshot.
I have used it very effectively, but you MUST be smart about it. Don't go shooting 50 yards with it. I limit myself to 25 yards max and never go beyond that. I know my gun and how I shoot and I know I can deliver a killing shot inside that range. I would add a rifle sight also. I think alot of the stray shots are from people not drawing down on the bead; causing wounded deer from in-correct aiming.
^^^ Oh and 00 or 000 buck for me... I like the idea of less but bigger shot size
I like number 1 in my 16 gauge and devastate broadside deer with it up to 50 yards with improved cylinder 870 wingmaster. Most 180 lb bucks,or smaller die within 35 feet, or less when a nice pie size patterns hits their vitals. At 80 yards 1 00 buck pellet WILL kill a deer if it hits the vitals, but you are going to want to wait for the deer to lay down and die nearby. I have also used #4 3 inch buck shot effectively on a buck and he went 30 yards and crashed dead. My stands are set up for bow hunting and provide shorter shots so buckshot is ideal for me. Pattern your buckshot of choice before you hunt with them. Shotguns are the ONLY REAL brush guns.
I don't use a shotgun for deer, also I plan to use #7 1/2 shot for close in self defense (have not had to do so yet) followed up with # 5 if that did not work. Buck and Slugs can penetrate too many walls and barriers .
Southern Jackson county
00 buckshot is good. I have killed a few with it and seen others kill deer with it. I normally don't use a shot gun since where I hunt I am allowed to use a muzzle loader during firearms deer season and I kill several every year with my muzzle loader.
I use #4 buckshot in a 2 3/4 it's got 27 pellet's so you can't go wrong #4 is the best in my book's.. have never in life killed a Deer with a shotgun till this year.. and have drop them in there track's using #4...
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