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Old 11-12-2013, 09:23 PM   #91
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Default Deer at 200yds see the ASSA

12ga slugs work fine. if your going to hunt with slugs then you gotta be serious and practice, if you can hit a deer at 200yds with a .308 you can do it with a 12ga.
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Shotguns with a rifled barrel are good out to 175 yards with a sabot slug.Cliff
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By far Remington is the most accurate gun out of the box.I would recommend a 30 06 or 308, Remington is not the cheapest brand out there but you do get what you pay for.
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Originally Posted by chloeshooter View Post
think we are talking about apples and oranges here

let's re-frame this shall we?

I am stating this: a rifle is a better deer hunting long gun in every instance that a rifle is allowed. And that would be the only time a shotgun is an advantage over a rifle, when rifle hunting is NOT allowed (I do not choose to hunt those places). Regardless of distance (open sights work great for me up to 175 yards or so)

you wanna argue that one? go for it. I can always use a good chuckle

We drive a lot of thick cover. Each hunter might be less than 40 yards apart. These are high kill hunts. We often kill 15 deer a day by driving areas that are so thick a dog will go around it. If you show up with a rifle you won't be welcome to hunt. I can think of dozens of situations where a rifle is not the best weapon.

Quite often I carry both my rifle and shotgun when I hunt. I usually pull up in a field. I watch the field until the dew dries up. Then I get my shotgun and go into the woods. There is one thing a slug does far better than a rifle, it will bust right through light brush without deflecting. I have seen pine straw send a 30/06 bullet in another direction.

If you have a look at the pictures I posted in hunting 2013 thread you will see brush is very thick in this area. Deer seldom get very far from the thick brush once hunting season opens.
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With these slugs a 200 yd. shot is not a problem as long as the gun & your skills are up to it.

The manufacturer recommends that you zero at 150yds. It is what I use because high power rifles are not legal for hunting deer here.

But if I have my choice I would use a high power on deer because a slug doesn't have the shock power to knock the deer off their feet like a .270 or a .30-06. Even with a well placed shot from a slug you may still have to trail a deer a little way.
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