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Old 08-09-2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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Default Max Effective Range of a 20ga Sabot on deer?

I believe they say a modern 20ga sabot slug will kill a deer at 200yds effectively.

What's the maximum effective range on a whitetail deer you think?
Or if you have personal knowledge of someone killing a deer with a 20ga slug past 200yds, please share what distance/circumstances.

I've heard a 12ga have killed deer at 250-300yds, think a 20 has enough juice at 250? 300yds?

A 20ga Sabot is 260grs@1900fps, I've heard this is exaggerated. I think they're .45 or .50 caliber ML style bullets, so perhaps someone can determine energies at 200, 250, 300yds.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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I believe they say a modern 20ga sabot slug will kill a deer at 200yds effectively.

What's the maximum effective range on a whitetail deer you think?
Or if you have personal knowledge of someone killing a deer with a 20ga slug past 200yds, please share what distance/circumstances.

I've heard a 12ga have killed deer at 250-300yds, think a 20 has enough juice at 250? 300yds?

A 20ga Sabot is 260grs@1900fps, I've heard this is exaggerated. I think they're .45 or .50 caliber ML style bullets, so perhaps someone can determine energies at 200, 250, 300yds.
I don't have any data in front of me but consider this. A 44 magnum generally shoots a 240 gr. jacket SP bullet somewhere around 1300 fps ...give or take 100 fps. If your 20 ga. is shooting a 260 gr. saboted SP bullet at a speed something more than that and the BC of which is close, you would have at least the same effective range. I would suggest considerably more. My experience with slugs/sabots from shotguns is very limited but I would be more concerned about accuracy at 200 yds. than killing power.

My best guess is that your 20 ga firing 260 gr. sabots will quite easily kill a whitetail deer at 200 yds.

To determine actual energy at those ranges you will need to know the actual bullet speed at the muzzle and the ballistic coifficient.

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Old 08-09-2011, 01:49 PM   #3
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X2 on the killing power. I think being able to hit it with a 20 will be another thing. My 12 at 175 puts out about 6" groups.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:23 PM   #4
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I'm getting 5 shot groups, 3/4" at 100 yards and still I'm 4" above dead center, with that I'm at 200 yards, I'm using a Savage 220f and Remington Accu-Tip 3" shells
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #5
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YRD...DROP...VEL...ENER...MOM...OGW
0..... -1.5...1900...2084...70.57...696
50......0.7...1723...1714...64.00...519
100....0.0...1559...1403...57.90...384
150...-4.3...1410...1147...52.37...284
200..-13.0...1280...945 ...47.53...212
250..-27.0 ...1170 ...790...43.46...162
300..-47.4 ...1086 ...681...40.34...130

20ga,
BC-.2
.458 dia

http://www.biggameinfo.com/index.asp...=/balcalc.ascx


1900 fps

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Old 08-09-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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250 yards with a good scope and practice is do-able !
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