Alrighty shooters, I have a shotgun question for you all. I'm pretty hardcore into predator hunting and have a 22-250 for rifle range shots. But, I have now broken out my Mossberg 500 12 ga to pack on trips for close quarter predator encounters. I have a 28 inch barrel with modified choke and an 18 inch barrel with a cylinder choke.
I've used shotguns a few times over the years for some bunny hunting, but not well versed in all the variables I've found about since considering it for coyotes and bobcats. In going to the stores I've found anything large I've found as in 3 inch BB to T-shot is mainly steel. Now from what I've read steal is lighter and loses velocity quickly and is generally frowned upon by waterfowlers for these reasons. I picked up some of the Remington T-shot in Nitro Steel and patterned it at 30 yards. It left what I would consider an adequate pattern to kill a coyote at that range. But, would I be better served with a lead shot in this size for humane kills on coyotes and bobcats and to extend the range a little further.
I'd be happy to have a forty yard kill range ecstatic with a fifty yard range. I'll have the 250 for anything further. I am shooting a modified choke and ordered a full choke from Mossberg that is compatible with the 500 28 inch barrel. So, what brands and loads can anyone recommend. I can't find a lot of lead is HD just as good or will steel do the job if I keep it within thirty yards.
Another question, I would rather tote the 18 inch barrel on the Mossberg in regard to ease of carrying and handling, especially if carrying two rifles to a stand. With a 18 barrel and improved cylinder choke would this maintain an adequate pattern to kill a coyote out to thirty yards? I know the only way to be sure is to shoot it and pattern it at that distance which I will be doing the first chance I get, but wanted to know if anyone has used or is using a similar set up with good results. If so, what kind of load and such info would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance to anyone who ventures a response!