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Location: Virginia
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Buckshot Question

I have a question about buckshot that I am hoping somebody can help me with. I have never hunted with buckshot before and but have the opportunity to this year and might. The shotgun I have is a Winchester model 120, 20 gauge. I have hunted dove, quail, rabbits etc with it for 20+ years. I called Winchester and talked with them about chokes for buckshot and the person I talked to said improved cylinder is the way to go. I picked up a box of #4's and took it with me to the range the other day. I fired twice at a 24" X 24" target at 25 yards. Only three pellets hit the paper and they were spread out from corner to corner. I would not even consider taking this into the deer woods. Is there anything I can do to improve this? Different choke? Different size buckshot? I am fixing to retire from the Military and every dollar counts right now so buying something else is not an option at this time. Is the best idea to just wait till I can buy something more suited for this to hunt this area? It is buckshot only by the way. Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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Buckshot Question

I use a modified choke in my 870 patrol/home defense shotty with 00 buck. I wouldn't use #4 buck. I wouldn't use buckshot at all for deer when I could use a slug. If I ONLY could use buck it be 00.

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Buckshot Question

#4 Buckshot is for home defense, but could be used for small game up to as large as Turkey. I would not recommend it for Deer with any choke.

Improved cylinder is the recommended choke for slugs not Buckshot.
Modified is the best choice and it'll help with the tighter pattern. Full choke is also an option but I would still favor the Modified over the full, but with either choke, use 00 Buck for Deer.
00 Buckshot will do well out to 50 yards but me, personally, would not try anything past 25 yards. If the terrain and cover would allow a shot father than that then I would use the Slug out of the Modified or Improved Cylinder choke.

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Location: Virginia
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Buckshot Question

Remington and JTapia, thank you both for the information. I knew that if I sought help here I would get it. I am going to the range this week to help a new muzzy shooter get himself squared away and teach him as much as I can about my favorite way to hunt. I will take the shotgun with me and try out everything yall have mentioned. At least I have a valid starting point this time on what should work. Thank you again.

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