Deer hunting with a Shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Hadouken, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Hadouken

    Hadouken New Member

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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.
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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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.
     

  3. Sniper03

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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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  4. Hadouken

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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?
     
  5. jpattersonnh

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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.
     
  6. dragunovsks

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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.
     
  7. Hadouken

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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.
     
  8. cgersty

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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.

    Gersty
     
  9. fmj

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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!
     
  10. Hadouken

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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.
     
  11. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    First- my DAUGHTER shoots trap with a 12 g. She weighs 115. As the man said- boxer stance, pull gun into shoulder SNUGLY. A recoil pad can help- but if it screws up the fit of the shotgun to you, not worth it. Firing in a standing position has less FELT recoil that shooting off a benchrest= body can recoil with the gun.

    IF you use buckshot stick to 0 or 00. Your longest shot just became 40 yards. But it IS called buckshot for a good reason- it has taken a TON of deer. Now go shoot some.

    Re: SC games regulations- call these folks- SCDNR Law Enforcement at (803) 734-4002. Legal firearm varies depending on which zone you are in- and type of hunting. One zone allows no buckshot for still hunting, but allows it when driving deer w/ dogs.

    For the rest of you that are not FROM SC- many of the Eastern states do not permit the use of rifles in some areas- and some do not permit the use of slugs at all. Here in Virginia, in my home county I can use shotgun- buck or slugs- rifle .23 cal and larger, muzzle loader 45 cal and up, and handgun- 350 ft lbs and up. Cross over one river into the next county- shotguns w/ buckshot and muzzleloader rifles only.
     
  12. dragunovsks

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    You want to use slugs when hunting deer, you want alot of knockdown power and a slug will deliver on that. Shot spreads out when it exits the barrel which reduces its effectiveness against deer. Look at it this way, the biggest shot available is "000" buck which is roughly the size of a .380 pistol slug. Would you go into the woods with a .380 and try to bag a big buck? If you would you would be wasting your time because all your gonna do is make him bleed a little, or scare him off at the least. You could get lucky with 00 or 000 buck but you'd have to be pretty close. Close enough that your shot doesnt spread out much. Your best bet is to go with slugs, if your gun is a smooth bore (no rifling in leymans terms) id go with cheap "pumpkin" ball slugs. They are like 5 or 6 bucks per box of 5, i have two smoothbore guns and a rifled shotgun. In the rifled gun i use remington coppersolid sabot slugs or hornady sst sabot slugs. The sabot slugs out of a rifled shotgun will go much further than pumpkin balls out of a smoothbore, they also alot harder and they are hollow point. I killed a doe a couple years ago and was able to recover my slug and it had opened up and flew through the deers lungs and clipped the spine. With the hollow point opening up it bored a hole nearly an inch and a half wide. The deer dropped like a sack of potatoes.
     
  13. Hadouken

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    Well, I talked to the guy I am going to be hunting with and he said to go with some 00 Buckshot's since I am inexperienced and with the area I will be in. As my first time I am not really expecting to kill my first Buck (the cynic in me), but more so learn everything I can about hunting.

    I will be picking up some slugs in the near future, just not sure what slugs work best with a smooth bore, I don't have a lot of money to purchase a rifled barrel.
     
  14. purehavoc

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    if your barrel is a smooth bore go buy some 2 3/4' remington rifled slugs , they will do a fine job out to 100 yards , thats what I shoot and they have excellent stopping/ dropping power . I would rather use them over a sabot anyday , you just dont get the knock down from a sabot like you do all that lead in a rifled slug.

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    dont worry about it you wont even think about it when a deer is out in front of you , that will be the last thing on your mind
    Not to mention with the 2 3/4 rifled slugs the recoil isnt that bad anyway , My 13 yr old has no problems or flinching using the 2 3/4 " slugs and never complains about it , just make sure you got the butt tucked in good , the only complaint he has ever had was not getting the butt buried in the right spot and gave him a little kicker ;)
    You can buy the remington rifled slugs all day long for less than $4 a box at walmart and I think a 20 pk box for around $12-14
     
  15. Hadouken

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    I am going to go pick up a box of the rifled slugs.

    Which choke should I be using? Modified or Imported with both the 00 Buckshots and Slugs?

    Anybody know anything about Buck Bomb? i've seen it around not sure what it does though.
     
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  16. purehavoc

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    Nothing against 00 buckshot , but that stuffs for home defense not for deer hunting as stated before . its good at most to 50 yards then its so spread out its pretty useless

    My slug barrel doesnt have a choke its just that a smooth bore no choke slug barrel , I have a field barrel that takes chokes , if your going to shoot a rifled slug thru a choke ,let it be the modified choke . DO NOT USE A FULL CHOKE!!!!
     
  17. Hadouken

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    Just checked and the choke that came already on my Mossy was Mod.

    Have to ask, What would happen is you shot a slug with a Full choke?

    This is the exact model I have just making sure if the barrel is considered smooth and I am not mistake... I am pretty sure it isn't rifled but I just want to make sure. [​IMG]
     
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  18. orangello

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    It would be uglier than salting the slug.
     
  19. purehavoc

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    That isnt a rifled barrel , so your ok just use the modified choke , if you use a full choke it would be bad ,stretched barrel over time and possibly a split barrel and you dont wanna do ,that its not good for anyone :D
     
  20. Hadouken

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    Okay so it wouldn't blow up in my face is all I wanted to know, not that I would even try.

    Okay so Mod with Slugs, and if by chance I don't pick up any slugs and keep my 00BK's should I stick with the mod or improved cylinder?