Discussion Topic: Are Shotguns Really Safer than Rifles?

This question has long been on the lips of the many deer hunters restricted by regulations based (at least in … Continued

This question has long been on the lips of the many deer hunters restricted by regulations based (at least in part) on the assumption that shotgun slugs travel farther than rifle bullets under hunting conditions. But a new study offers hard evidence that turns certain conventional wisdom on its ear.

From Pennsylvania’s The Morning Call:

_Most shots fired by hunters are relatively flat . . . . When shots are fired holding the guns level 3 feet off the ground, the shotgun slug will travel 0.99 of a mile, 16 percent farther than the rifle bullet will travel under the same circumstances.

The reason, Bacastow said, is that slugs tend to hold together better and lose less energy during ricochets than rifle bullets. Therefore, slugs often can travel farther than rifle bullets in common hunting scenarios._

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