Originally Posted by chloeshooter
were I hunt out west (Montana), typical shots are 200 yards and up. There is absolutely NO comparison on ballistics at 200 yards between my 30-06 150 grain round and a shotgun slug. None. Period. Your slug trajectory past 200 yards is going to be 20-30 inches in drop. Versus dead on for a 30-06, .270., 7mm rem mag, etc
where I live the southern part of the state is shotgun only, north is rifle country. I have hunted with shotguns before, but given a choice for most shooters it really is no choice, unless a shotgun is all you have. A shotgun is a very versatile long gun. IMHO a shotgun as a 100 yard and under deer rifle. Nothing wrong with that but let's not pretend it competes with a hunting rifle for deer....it definitely has it's limits
A rifle has it's limits too. When a landowner tells you no more hunting on my property it doesn't matter what you are shooting you are looking for a new place to hunt.
I never said a shotgun was as capable as a rifle for long distance shots. I have hunted all across the US. I have never been anywhere where you couldn't find a bottleneck created by the lay of the land.
Sabots make a 100 yard shot very easy with a shotgun. I hunted with Winchester XP3 sabots last season. At 100 yards they don't drop enough to make one miss a paper plate. According to Winchesters ballistic table they drop 1" @ 100 yards. I shot a crow this summer with an XP3 slug at a jaw dropping distance of about 150 yards. The Winchester XP3 sabot is not as good as a rifle but it is an improvement over the rifled slug. None of the landowners object to the sabots and everyone that has wrote a permission slip in years past gave me permission to hunt this year with a shotgun.
I have a 30/06 BAR, a Winchester model 70 chambered in 270 and my new partner a 91/30. I hunt with the BAR on my own land and where I can get permission to hunt with a rifle. In most counties in NC you have to have written permission from the landowner to hunt with a centerfire rifle. Unlike most states each county in NC can make local regulations.