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Old 01-24-2005, 10:27 AM
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Hello,

I am new to hunting deer, and have been reading alot of articles, but wanted to post for more information. I will be hunting white tail this fall and recently purchased the Remington Express 870 Deer Gun (http://www.remington.com/firearms/shotguns/870expdr.htm) Its the 20" smoothbore 12 gauge. What would be th recommended shot for this gun when hunting deer? And effectively how far away can I be, what would the range be that would still allow for an ensured kill? I chose this gun mainly because of the price, it was only $326 brand new oppsed to a rifle, which is closer to $1000. Thanks in advance for any advice...
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:30 AM
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i use triple ought buck shot and it has been effective in stopping deer up to 50 yds for me but u may be anle to stop them at maybe 60yds with yours because your barrel is slightly longer. Good luck and read all you can.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:36 AM
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Rifled slugs, should be fine out to about 75 yds.

http://www.remington.com/ammo/shotshell/slugger.htm
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:38 AM
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Thanks, can I use the rifled slug in with my smoothbore barrel?
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:42 AM
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rifled slugs can be used on almost any shotgun barrel it is the sabots you have to be careful with. Winchester sells them at your local wal-mart in boxes of 15.Good luck hunting
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:44 AM
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Great! I had one more question about shot. The barrel on my new gun will take 2 3/4 as well as 3".... Does it matter what size shells I choose or is either fine for any condition? Thanks so much, this place has provided me with so much info the last few weeks!!!
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:45 AM
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Yes, Rifled slugs are made to use in a smooth bore.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:47 AM
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2 3/4 or 3" both will work fine.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:49 AM
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3 inch shells have more pellets for longer distance shots and when deer are hidden in brush. I use 3 inch all the time they may have more kick but it is worth it.
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Old 01-25-2005, 03:14 AM
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I use a combonation of slugs and buckshot. The first shot is a slug, second is buckshot, and third is slug. Usually it only take on shot, but if the shot is close and the deer runs you can take a shot with the buckshot.
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