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Question by jerseyboy1316. Uploaded on December 11, 2009
IMHO, based on actual experience, not more than thirty yards. In combat, where it doesn't matter much whether you kill or wound an enemy soldier, one hundred yards.
I wouldn't shoot past 80 yards with a full choke in the gun.
it depends on size of round cause I shoot 3 1/2in shells and I could drop a deer @ 75yds
35 yards MAX.
It depends on how well the gun patterns the shot you use. Shoot the gun at different ranges to see how far it will consistently put 3 pellets in a pie plate. That should be your max range. Although I have seen deer in Florida killed by a single pellet thru the lungs at long range. Those are small deer and you are more likely to just wound the animal when stretching the range. Number 1 or single 0 has more pellets and may pattern better in your particular gun and choke. Deer usually run a ways and drop just like with a rifle bullet but, the small holes don't usually leave much of a blood trail.
I know their are guys that swear by buck shot. But, I like the nock down power of a slug. After hunting with slugs for 20 years I have not had to track any deer. To add to Del's story I know of a guy that shot a nice big buck with one pellet in his rump. Hit his femoral artery WALKED away and dropped 20 yards away. Would not have believed it if I was not there.
I try to keep my buckshot shots around 50 yards. Have a full choke on my 12ga. Anything over gets a little sparse. I try to keep at least 3-4 pellets in the kill zone. Try some shots at the range and see how your spread is.
i have a 835 with the oversized 10 gauge barrel and i take deer at 80 yards with 3 1/2 inch 00b its all about the pattern you buy sight and adjust them for the pattern what it all really comes down to is how well the gun shoots and how well you shoot.i know a guy who shoots a 10 gauge and he took a deer at 180 yards after he shot he didnt think he hit it but we took a look and sure enough there he layed 20 yards in the woods a nice 8 point 3 pellets in the neck
Wow gman 180 yds is a long way for a buckshot kill!
i wouldnt have shot but he did i guess some people have luck on there side thanks for the -1 lol
use a slug. I don't see any advantages of using buckshot at all.
As another mentioned that depends on the chock and what pattern the shotgun has with different brands of buckshot. I rarely take a shot over 35 yards and only then if the deer is standing still and there is nothing in the way. I use an 11-87 with a PatternMaster choke and 3" Winchester 00.
Check out the buck I shot this year in Colorado, during the plains rifle season. This big guy took 1-12ga. slug at over 120 yards and dropped. I think if I had used buck shot I would have lost him as he was only 100 yards from private property.
Mebbe 50 yards. But you better hit him on the first shot. I think my gun dealer tried to give me hand signals or even kick me under the table, but I stupidly believed their advertising about reliability.
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