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Maximum range of "00" and deer?

Old 11-27-2005, 05:44 AM
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I never shot at a deer using a shotgun and hope you can answer this question for me. What is the maximum safe range for good kill shot on a deer with “00” load using a 12 ga and a 20 ga?
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Old 11-27-2005, 06:49 AM
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DEPENDS ON THE GUN CHOKE AND HOW IT PATTERNS, When i use buckshot i use 3in.#1 mags with a xtra full choke. The buckshot can be deadly way out there,but to make a clean humane kill on deer don't shoot more than 40 yards and thats pushing it. Try and hunt a spot that your shot will be 20 yards or less.
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Old 11-27-2005, 09:01 AM
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I'd agree that after 40 yards, your pushing it! The bad thing about buckshot, is it doesn't expand, so if the deer runs off, you probably won't have a good blood trail! I think they have banned buckshot on public lands here in Tx.
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Old 11-27-2005, 09:06 AM
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BTW, if your going to use buckshot, you might try #1 or #3 buck, it patterns better than 00! 00 buck is .30 cal. and will travel further, but the small number of shot, patterns terribly! While if I remember right, #3 buck is .24 cal. and holds together much better!
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Old 11-27-2005, 11:35 AM
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They don't sell Foster(rifled) type slugs in Va. ?
I get very good accuracy with them from my 20 ga. smoothbore with a modified choke . A 3/4-1 oz. slug trumps a bunch of overgrown BBs any day for stopping power and you'll get far less damage to the meat and hide.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:28 PM
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BTW, if your going to use buckshot, you might try #1 or #3 buck, it patterns better than 00! 00 buck is .30 cal. and will travel further, but the small number of shot, patterns terribly! While if I remember right, #3 buck is .24 cal. and holds together much better!

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