Originally Posted by JTJ
I have to respectfully dis agree with your definition of "brush gun". I have been taught that it is a light handy carbine designed to ease maneuvering through brush. Brush will deflect even heavy bullets. Lots of variables in shooting through brush and should be avoided. I probably just opened a can of worms.
JTJ, I have to agree with you and I was going to say something too about the brush gun comment, but I seem to stir up enough trouble on this forum so I thought I would pass. But now that you have broken the ice...
The dean of all gun writers, the late Jack O'Conner, once did an extensive study on so called brush guns and came to some unpopular but true conclusions. He found that any bullet from any rifle can be and usually is deflected by brush. He said that the only projectile that even came close to busting through brush and even then was not very effective was the 12 gauge shotgun slug.
He concluded that the best solution was to try to shoot through holes in the brush and not into the brush at all. He then stated that the best brush gun was something like a .243 (or something similar) that was very accurate so that the hunter had a better chance of hitting the game by shooting through openings in the brush and not through the brush itself. If there are no openings, then don't take the shot. Now don't everyone crucify me, I am just reporting what I read. It was in an article in Outdoor Life in the 1960's.