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shotgunning for deer

I made it into my new digs in Ottawa and am thrilled that this place is crawling with deer. The problem is that there are so many farms around that rifle hunting is just too dangerous (and may be illegal...I haven't found that out for sure yet, but still wouldn't risk it).

I have never hunted deer with a slug, what is the effective range 50yds? 100yds?. The reading that I have done so far it looks like I'll be using a wadded slug for my 12ga. (smoothbore - can't afford any new purchases like a rifled shotgun or insert).

Any input on shotgunning deer would be appreciated

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saskie, I live and hunt in florida so as you can imagine I hunt almost exclusively in swamps and it can get rediculously thick with vegatation at times forcing me to use a shotgun. It took many hours and sore shoulders to find what worked for me with my gun, a Mossburg 500 12 Ga, the best. 1st my setup is the 500 with a 26" improved cylinder barrel and I shoot a remington rifled slug, around 400 grains I think (i dont have one in front of me) or a 3" 00 buck shot according to what the conditions I'll be hunting in, heavy, thick brush and I use the buck shot, cleaner, more open areas and I use the rifled slug. I have no rear sights so what I did was set a target with a 5" diam kill zone and aimed(dont over aim, aim like you shoot) for center at 25 yards and noted slug position, in my case I was high and out of kill zone by about 2 1/2" so I moved target to 50 yards and found I was in kill zone but slightly low which is close enuff to center for me to say I am sighted in at 50 yards, a very long shot in the swamp. Now I just judge the distance and aim accordingly. With the Buckshot there are no shots longer than 25 yards, 15 to 20 are more like it so there aint a whole lot to do except to aim at heart or neck and pull the trigger and you'll kill him for sure. Key here is to try all the ammo you can get your hands on cause there is a huge differance between regular slugs and rifled slugs and even between manufacturers. I hope this has been some help to you. Here is a link that a friend sent to me a while back when we were discussing the finer points of shotgun hunting, I think you'll find it informative Good luck !! http://www.angelfire.com/tx/ShotGun/

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Thanks - great site!

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I agree, great site!! Thanks for the link!!

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ive hunted with a shotgun all my life and the best gun i have ever owned is a remington 1187 12ga. autoloader. it has a cantilever scope mount with a bushnell 3x9power scope. it has the remchoke system.i have the rifled slug choke in it now ,but i can change it to an xtra full turkey choke to hunt turkeys without changing the scope settings or vice versa.it is a very accurate gun!!(im sighted in 2in. high at 50yrds and about an inch low at 100yrds. i use Federal slugs. a slug delivers a hell of a lot punch!! the recoil from an autoloader is a lot less than a pump,a bolt action,or a single shot!!

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If you are going to hunt with a smooth bore shotgun you should use the riffled slugs and not the sabots they will shoot much better. My remington shoots the Remington sluggers the best. If you cant afford the barrel with the caniliver scope mounts with the scope (highly recomended) I would put a set of fiber optic sights with an adjustable rear sight on the gun. These are very effective and gives you a great deal of confidence when pulling the trigger. I just set up a smooth bore gun for my wife like that and it easily shoots a 2inch group at 50yds. and I would feel very comfortable useing it out to 80yds. If you put the riffled barrel with the cantiliver scope mount and try different sabot slugs till you find the one that shoots best out of your gun, (I like the winchester supremes, platnum tip)you can increase your effective range out to 100 yds or a little more. (some companies claim you can put 5 slugs "back in the box" at 125yds.)
Don't fire riffled slugs out of a riffled barrel. They will damage the barrel and when you buy the barrel it comes with instructions that say the same thing.

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I have to agree. I shoot Winchester rifled slugs out of my Remington 1187 smooth bore slug barrell. I wouldn't shoot much farther than 75 yards... give or take... I have a Tasco Pro Point Red Dot on that shotgun.
I also just inherited my father's retired Remington 1100. That has a rifled barrell on it and I shoot Winchester Partition Gold 385 Grain Sabot slugs out of that. I would not hesitate taking a 100 yard shot with that. That also has a Red Dot scope on it which I will be switching off with a straight 4 at the end of this season.

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I hunt with an 1187 rem auto with 1 1/4 breneke 3' mag. slugs in a rifled barrell and 2-7 Leupold scope. A slug gun with rifled barrell and decent slugs is very effective out to 100-130 yards maybe more. Much past that and I don't have any experience. Slugs are also not very aerodynamic and drop fast so sight in at 75 or 100 yards and you will be ok at any distance up to that point for deer. Slugs leave a big gaping hole and are very effective. I have had poor results witht he remmington copper solid sabots. (leave tiny hole, no expansion). I like breneke and lightfields the best. I live in a shotgun or Pistol only area. Many of my freinds are using muzzle loaders loaded hot with sabots and now scopes are legal durring all season on muzzle loaders so they like the additional distance over a slug gun even though they give up a quick second shot. Good luck.

P.S. I hunt with some guys from New Hampshire who come down due to the high deer densities here (fingerlakes region, Central New York) and they hate the fact that they can't use their rifles when they see a nice deer 200-300 yards away which would have been an easy shot for them back home.

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I have hunted whitetail deer a time or two with a Shotgun & Slugs! A shotgun is very wicked for hunting in the woods during the season in my state. The average deer shot, is under 40 yards and both my deer taken with slugs were under 30. A quarter size hole going in and a silver dollar size hole on exist!

I once upon a time cut a 4 inch tree down with a missed shot using my 12 gauge and Remington slugs. They are extremely leathal under 75 yards on any game in North America.

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id say about 50yrds is the longest shot you wanna take but about 90 is your limit if you dont wanna aim 5 feet over it i like the winchester 1195 model S competition 12 ga semi auto pump...

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