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20 gauge buckshot

I am thinking about starting my son with a 20 gauge for deer hunting next year, but have no idea the difference in buckshot options. I have never hunted deer with a shotgun and want to know as much as possible before I make a decision for him for sure. Does the choke in the gun make a difference with buckshot? I have a full in it now but can change to improved cylinder or modified, which is best? Are any of these a good idea? Does having interchangable chokes make a difference? What are the max ranges that this would be lethal on deer? I deer only hunt with my muzzle loader and using a shotgun for anything other than birds/rabbits is foreign to me. Pretty much any advice offered would be appreciated.

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As far as I can tell, the largest diameter buckshot Remington has for a 20 gauge is # 3 shot, twenty pellets per round...Federal buckshot has 18 pellets of # 2. i would not use a 20 gauge with buckshot for deer, with a slug I would and HAVE.

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Hammer, I have always heard that slugs with interchangable chokes was not recommended as it could damage them. Not true??? If not then what choke to use?

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Sugs should only be used with a cylinder bore barrel (slug barrel) NOT in a choked barrel.

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If the gun is a remington it may be possible to get a rifled choke tube wich will enhance accuracy with slugs. The best option IMHO if you would like to have him hunt deer with a shotgun would be to get a dedicated slug barrel with either rifle sights or a cantalever scope mount. either would make hitting targets at any distance easier and give him greater confidence in his abilities. Another option would be to allow him to use your muzzle loader, I know one of my fathers proudest moments was watching me take my first deer with his rifle.
Forgot to mention rifled slugs are the way to go in a smooth bore and I've found they do respond to choke, my best accuracy with a smooth bore is from my fixed full choked ithaca, but my 870 is no slouch no matter what choke it has in it, remember with a bead on a shotgun having any accuracy outside of 40-50 yards will take a lot of practice.
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I wouldn't use buck on deer. From my expernce they don't bleed real heavy. Slugs really are the way to go. Screw in chokes are fine so long as you use a cyl, bore, imp cyl, or mod choke in them.

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whitetailfever,
Are you in an area of Virginia that only allows buckshot? I know it was that way when I lived in Chesapeake.

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WyoJoe wrote:
whitetailfever,
Are you in an area of Virginia that only allows buckshot? I know it was that way when I lived in Chesapeake.

WyoJoe, I am stationed in Virginia Beach and do most of my deer hunting on the Navy Bases here. My favorite one to hunt at only allows buckshot.

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All, thank you for all the input you have given me on this. Yall have definately given me lots to think about. I am not sure yet what route I am going to go but I will let you know in the future. The proud dad in me says let him use your muzzy but the other half says let him be independent and use his own. Either way, hopefully this time next year I will be posting pictures on my son and his first deer. Thanks again

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whitetailfever wrote:
WyoJoe, I am stationed in Virginia Beach and do most of my deer hunting on the Navy Bases here. My favorite one to hunt at only allows buckshot.

I used to be stationed at D&S piers over at NOB. Glad to see they are allowing hunting on the bases.

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WyoJoe wrote:
whitetailfever wrote:
WyoJoe, I am stationed in Virginia Beach and do most of my deer hunting on the Navy Bases here. My favorite one to hunt at only allows buckshot.

I used to be stationed at D&S piers over at NOB. Glad to see they are allowing hunting on the bases.

Yeah, we hunt Oceane, Dam Neck, Fentress and Northwest Annex. I don't hunt Oceana a whole lot because of the QDM they have in place is so strict and you can get suspended from hunting for honest mistakes. A 3/4" tine that makes and 8 pointer a 7 will cost you a year. Dam Neck is my favorite, no QDM and enough deer to put meat in the freezer, plus I only have to drive 2 miles and I am in the woods hunting.

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