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Question On Shotguns

I'm looking to buty a new 12ga shotgun . Wondering ,is there more range with a 28 " barrel as oposed to a 26 " barrel ??? .. What would be the best long range shells for coyote . Our rifle season is over on the first of April and it's shotgun from the first of April to the 15th of October . Any info would be greatly appericiated .

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Re: Question On Shotguns

Nail, I used to think a longer barrel was necessary for effective kill pattern and velocity. I then read from a few different sources that wasn't true. Check this link, http://www.biggamehunt.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=83&t=25735 my last bit of info was on my Mossberg with a 20 inch barrel and a Carlsons Dead Coyote Choke using both 3 inch lead BB and #4 buckshot. This is what I use for coyote killing. Lots of good reviews on the Dead Coyote Shells and kills to 60 yards but at 30 or 40 dollars for ten rounds it's too rich for my blood.

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Thanks SoCo ,for the link and the info .The coyote shell sound a little too rich for my blood to . They may not be leagle for us . AAA and #4 bucks is the heaviest we can use ,so I'll have to look into that to make sure their leagle . I think they mean that we can't use SSG in Nova Scotia ..I do know that . I'll have to call on the coyote shells to be sure .I'll look into the choke when I find my shotgun . Thanks again ...

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Re: Question On Shotguns

The only real advantage of a longer barrel is a longer sight picture however, the shorter barrel swings faster.

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CG thanks for the info . I hear the 28" barrel seems to be the most popular . I'm thinking that is where I'll be going ..Shells and chokes will be something I will have to test for to find my best pattern for coyotes .Some of the info I obtained ,says that they can shoot them at 60 yards . That's wicked for a shotgun ...........

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60 yds. with shot is a long distance. Was that with buck shot or slugs? I would think that we would have a max distance of 40 yds with the ammo restrictions we have in NS.

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CG , some of the info that i obtained says there is a shell called dead coyote . I'm asuming that it is shot and not a slug . there is also a choke tube called ,coyote choke . probably that combination would be taking them at 60 yards . The recoil could be hard on a poor old fella like me ..LMAO.. It's hard to find the buckshot . My son was looking for some,but the largest he could find was the BB's . We done a little shooting the other day and the pattern at 30 to 40 yds was very scattered I think that disscouraged him with the shotgun for coyotes . When I order my new one I'll order a coyote choke for him and 1 for myself .Be aweful nice to be able to carry the 22 mag. year round . Even if we were issued a special permit . OOOH,, that might be the plan .More money for the Government ..They could bleed more money out of our pockets with a fee for the permit and only the devoted hunters would apply for one . With a bear snaring license we can carry the deer rifles from the first of Oct to the end of March .The bear season ends before that but we can still carry it when the deer season is over . With all the encounters with coyotes, they might just make some changes to coyote hunting .. He'd be one happy kid .He got into the calling and had one come run out in front of him about 40 yards .The 300 mag was just a little too much for the fur to be saved for market ...LMAO...

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There are  lot of new chokes

There are  lot of new chokes on he market now, 10yrs ago you never heard of a coyote choke,mush less all the compaies that sell these spcial chokes. Dont get me wrong the proper choke helps. As for barrel lenght, it's what fells good to you, as stated before barrel lenght is a sighting plane. In comp. I shot a 30in barrel for skeet and 5 stand, for coyotes I shoot a Rem. 1100 with 28in barrel with a "Kicks" cardshooters choke at .650 constrictions, I have rolled yotes at over 50 yds. I'm not sure what the constrictions of the coyote chokes are but I dont thing they are that tight. I reload #4buck for yotes.

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I wouldn't worry about those

I wouldn't worry about those two inches. Especially in a pure coyote gun. I prefer a 28in for waterfowl but for coyotes I think I'd go with a shorter barreled option.

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