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What aer the advantages/disadvantages of using rifles over shotguns?

Question by pascal. Uploaded on May 10, 2009

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

whatcha talkin bout pascal?? the advantages and disadvantages? for what game? obviously for geese and pheasant and etc, a shotgun is superior over the rifle for the reason that it's not gonna tear your goose in half like a rifle would. shotguns for deer hunting are an advantage to have because you can shoot slugs instead of buying a rifle. a rifle is a much better choice to have for deer hunting in my opinion, because of increased accuracy, longer range, and in my opinion it's more traditional.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Same as Reid, what applications are you talking about using them in. Rifles and shotguns are totally different in how they perform and what their perspective jobs are. Tell us what you want to hunt and we can help you out with a little more info.

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from pascal wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Well...I don't know much about hunting. I do know that I don't want to hunt rabbits, squirrels, etc, or elk, moose, etc. What is a medium between them? I also don't want to spend a lot of money on ammo. Which is cheaper, shotshells or bullets?

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

you don't want to hunt rabbits, squirrels elk moose and etc? well friend, there's not much else to hunt! actually there is. geese, duck, pheasant, turkey, deer, etc. shotgun ammo is cheaper because plastic is cheaper than brass. if you were looking into only buying ONE gun. from the information i've recieved in your most recent post, i would buy a Remington 870, or a Benelli Super Black Eagle 2 for those guns are capable of accuracy in waterfowl, turkey, and shooting deer with slugs. but that's only if you would buy ONE gun. if you were to buy 2, a rifle and shotgun. i would take one of the earlier shotguns i stated in a 12 gauge, and maybe a Remington 700..Ruger M77..Tikka Models...270 caliber, 30-06, 25-06, 308. do some studying on those calibers and find out what you want.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Rifles, you can shoot larger game at further distances. Shot guns are good for shorter distances a game that flys or has a small head such as the turkey.

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Advantages: longer shots, more accurate, less kick
Disadvantages: cant shoot any birds or small game unless you use a 22 or a 17.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I would go with a rifle if you want to hunt all those things. But, you are going to need two different calibers if you want to hunt the variety you stated. But you could also get a small .410 gauge for the small game and a rifle for the bigger game. It is all up to you, but you are going to be spending money on ammo regardless with all the lack of ammo.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

A shotgun is the only way to go for birds and rabbits. A .22 is a great rifle to start on... you can shoot it cheap and learn to hunt with it. For hunting animals the size of deer and preditors, a centerfire rifle is best because of accuracy at long range. Although you can shoot slugs in a shotgun, a rifle is much more accurate and can be used at much longer range. Check your state and local regulations though... many states don't allow rifles for deer hunting.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

for shotgun you get faster shots and less distance with rifles you get slower shots, more accurate and more firepower.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

pascal-
Everyone has covered just about everything I could suggest to you; decide what game you plan to take, shotgun for small game to include rabbits and game birds. Shotguns can take out BIG GAME animals but are limited in long range effectiveness compared to Rifles.
Shotguns, on average, are cheaper to shoot then rifles.
The only thing I would recommend is looking into a used gun to not make too much of an investment in your new found interest.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Rifles shoot farther and are probably faster and more accurate.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

you don't want to hunt rabbits, squirrels elk moose and etc? well friend, there's not much else to hunt! actually there is. geese, duck, pheasant, turkey, deer, etc. shotgun ammo is cheaper because plastic is cheaper than brass. if you were looking into only buying ONE gun. from the information i've recieved in your most recent post, i would buy a Remington 870, or a Benelli Super Black Eagle 2 for those guns are capable of accuracy in waterfowl, turkey, and shooting deer with slugs. but that's only if you would buy ONE gun. if you were to buy 2, a rifle and shotgun. i would take one of the earlier shotguns i stated in a 12 gauge, and maybe a Remington 700..Ruger M77..Tikka Models...270 caliber, 30-06, 25-06, 308. do some studying on those calibers and find out what you want.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

whatcha talkin bout pascal?? the advantages and disadvantages? for what game? obviously for geese and pheasant and etc, a shotgun is superior over the rifle for the reason that it's not gonna tear your goose in half like a rifle would. shotguns for deer hunting are an advantage to have because you can shoot slugs instead of buying a rifle. a rifle is a much better choice to have for deer hunting in my opinion, because of increased accuracy, longer range, and in my opinion it's more traditional.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Same as Reid, what applications are you talking about using them in. Rifles and shotguns are totally different in how they perform and what their perspective jobs are. Tell us what you want to hunt and we can help you out with a little more info.

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from pascal wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Well...I don't know much about hunting. I do know that I don't want to hunt rabbits, squirrels, etc, or elk, moose, etc. What is a medium between them? I also don't want to spend a lot of money on ammo. Which is cheaper, shotshells or bullets?

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Rifles, you can shoot larger game at further distances. Shot guns are good for shorter distances a game that flys or has a small head such as the turkey.

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Advantages: longer shots, more accurate, less kick
Disadvantages: cant shoot any birds or small game unless you use a 22 or a 17.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I would go with a rifle if you want to hunt all those things. But, you are going to need two different calibers if you want to hunt the variety you stated. But you could also get a small .410 gauge for the small game and a rifle for the bigger game. It is all up to you, but you are going to be spending money on ammo regardless with all the lack of ammo.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

A shotgun is the only way to go for birds and rabbits. A .22 is a great rifle to start on... you can shoot it cheap and learn to hunt with it. For hunting animals the size of deer and preditors, a centerfire rifle is best because of accuracy at long range. Although you can shoot slugs in a shotgun, a rifle is much more accurate and can be used at much longer range. Check your state and local regulations though... many states don't allow rifles for deer hunting.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

for shotgun you get faster shots and less distance with rifles you get slower shots, more accurate and more firepower.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

pascal-
Everyone has covered just about everything I could suggest to you; decide what game you plan to take, shotgun for small game to include rabbits and game birds. Shotguns can take out BIG GAME animals but are limited in long range effectiveness compared to Rifles.
Shotguns, on average, are cheaper to shoot then rifles.
The only thing I would recommend is looking into a used gun to not make too much of an investment in your new found interest.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Rifles shoot farther and are probably faster and more accurate.

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