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Old 10-26-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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I have a Mossburg 500, and I have been planning on going hunting for a while now. I had put my Mossy in the back of my mind and thought about just purchasing a rifle either a 30.06 or a 30-30, that is until today. The main thing I have been worried about is the recoil from a Buckshot, I am not a recoil junkie so I'd like to reduce that as much as possible. For some reason when I think of a Buckshot I think recoil thats going to throw me about 5 feet back... don't know why. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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For starters most people hunt deer or big game with slugs, not buckshot. You can get recoil reduced slugs. They wont knock you back 5 feet at all. Now if you were shooting 3 inch or 3 1/2 inch shells that's a little bit of a different story. I like recoil a lot and when I shoot 3 inche shells or 3 1/2 inch shells I don't get thrown back or have the crap kicked out of me. I get more of just a big push not a punch or smack.

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First lesson in shooting your shotgun is the proper stance. Otherwise you will probably not enjoy shooting it. The proper stance is what is called the Boxer Stance. You can Google the boxer stance for shooting the shotgun and probably find some photos and explanations. Start off with some bird shot until you confirm you have the proper stance and technique. Obviously you seem to be very new and not familiar with your shotgun. And that is fine! We all had to start somewhere. And no better place to ask assistance than here on the FTF. As far as Deer Hunting be sure your shotgun does not have a full choke barrel and I recomend slugs over 00 for deer. Work your way up to the 00 or Slugs. But the ballistics are good on a slug for shots on deer 100 yards and under. You may want to get a Deer Slug Barrel for your Mossy! They are very accurate.

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Thanks guys, I just read on the SCDNR site Buckshots are prohibited, so I am going to have to go with a Slug. Do the reduced recoil slugs have less killing power than a 3 inch? And If I did decided to go with a 3 in, if I bought a limb saver would that diminish some of the recoil as well?

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I shoot 2 3/4" slugs in mine. Recoil is not bad at all. Make sure you have the improved cylinder choke tube in.

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Ive always been told that if you cant kill it with a 2 3/4 shell then you're not gonna kill it with a 3 or 3 1/2.

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Well, now the only thing is finding out whether my state (South Carolina) prohibits Bucks shots or Slugs. I've heard they don't and I have heard they do, can't find an exact answer and the DNR website just rambles on and on.

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Trust me the 2 3/4 will kill em just as dead as the 3" magnum slugs, I have seen 7 deer meet their maker while using my mossy 500 with a fully rifled barrel, all of em have been up to 100 yards and with a well placed shot its usually DRT. As far a recoil goes while sighting in they kick pretty good, but when you have all your hunting clothes on and your veins are throbbing with that addictive drug called adrenaline you do not even notice it that much.

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My Advice?

Put the scatter gun down and step away!!!

If your state allows center fire rifles. THATS your ticket, get a .35, 06, dirty tirdy, etc.!

If not, go get a decent inline M/L like a CVA Wolf or some such.

Scatter guns are for BIRDS not cervids!
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Trust me the 2 3/4 will kill em just as dead as the 3" magnum slugs, I have seen 7 deer meet their maker while using my mossy 500 with a fully rifled barrel, all of em have been up to 100 yards and with a well placed shot its usually DRT. As far a recoil goes while sighting in they kick pretty good, but when you have all your hunting clothes on and your veins are throbbing with that addictive drug called adrenaline you do not even notice it that much.

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I am not that afraid of recoil, just thinking about it kinda gets to me. I am sure if I went to a range and shot off a couple of shells I won't care, but since I've never felt it all I can do is build it up in my head that it's bigger than it really is.

I believe my mossy's barrel is smooth, so that means no sabot slugs, guys at work are saying just go with the 00 Buckshot, it's what they use and works for the short distances i'll be in.
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