Shotgun vs. Rifle for deer hunting

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Prorebel, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Prorebel

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  2. marc29th

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    It all depends on the terrain you are hunting in. You should have both a good rifle and shotgun to choose from.
     

  3. gmaster456

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    Depends where you are and what your setup is.
     
  4. Highhawk8

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    I'll take a rifle.
     
  5. Blueguns

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    A lot of people use shotguns because of the challenge. I'll take a rifle, just because it's far more accurate.
     
  6. tonydewar

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    some hunters use shotgun because of the state thay live in
     
  7. Blueguns

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    Isn't that only NY though?
     
  8. gmaster456

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    Nope, Michigan and Ohio also have such laws as well as a couple of others I believe.
     
  9. spittinfire

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    Why are you asking the question? Trying to decide?

    I personally would pick a rifle. Any decent rifleman can out gun a shotgunner in the field. If we are strictly talking game here, I'm all over a rifle.
     
  10. Old_Crow

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    Most shotgunners are just as good with a rifle as a shotgun. Plus they practice shooting things besides static targets.
     
  11. canebrake

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    Rifle........but it depends on your state's regs.
     
  12. tonydewar

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    illinois is shotgun or bow only at least when i lived there. some areas of fl are shotgun only also depending on the season
     
  13. kfox75

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    With NY, it depends on the county you hunt in. In the area I live in (for now. Wife and I are planning a move in the next 10 months.) the county to the east does not allow rifles, the county to the south-east allows them throughout the cpounty, and the one I live in we can use rifles south of US RT 20. All of my spots are in the county I live in and south of rt 20, so forme, it depends on where I'll be that day. Open fields, rifle. Deep in the woods, pistol and\or shotgun. As a bonus, if you have a rifle caliber pistol and a pistol permit, you can use it in the non-rifle areas.
     
  14. ninjatoth

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    Here in michigan the state is cut in half right in the middle of the mitten,south half has to use only shotuns or straight walled pistols (44mag etc)and I think recently they began allowing straight walled rifles as well such as 45-70.Northern michigan is all rifle zone,you can use any kind of gun,rifles,pistols,shotguns,muzzleloaders,crossbows,bows all in the firearms season.
     
  15. gmaster456

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    Yup. I live in this beautiful state. As a matter of fact, I'm only about 30 miles from the zone line that separates shotgun from rifle. Guess which side I'm on :rolleyes:?
     
  16. Old_Crow

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    Lots of people are quick to say shotguns are inaccurate. Just like any gun you have to have the proper equipment. If you have a rifled barrel and good sabots, your shotgun is a low speed 50 cal. It's not target shooting accurate but hitting a paper plate isn't difficult at 100 yards, the same distance that all but gifted shooters are accurate with a rifle using open sights.
     
  17. Tiny_MN

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    Exactly. To me, I don't see a need to hunt with a rifle where I'm at. I have plenty of WMA's to go to and they are heavily forested and shots of 100+ yards are difficult at best (also, many of them are shotgun or archery only). I hunt more than just deer, so having multiple barrels fits the bill and is less expensive than multiple rifles.

    Though, should I decide to go hunt elk, etc on the open range, a rifle would work better. Then again, I'd just stalk them and shoot with my bow. I enjoy the hunt more than I do actually killing an animal.
     
  18. Old_Crow

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    I enjoy eating tasty critters more than hunting them. Pass the gravy please...
     
  19. dragunovsks

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    Yep, here in Indiana its shotgun, muzzleloaders or rifles that fire straight walled cases, like .45 long colt. We cannot use high powered rifles with bottleneck cases. I use a 12 gauge shotgun, either my NEF single shot with scope firing Remington Copper Solid sabot slugs or my NEF pump using cheap "pumpkin ball" slugs.
     
  20. locutus

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    My preference is a rifle if it's legal in the area I'm hunting.

    I've never hunted anything but birds and men swith a shotgun.

    If I had to use a straight walled pistol carridge, I'd use my 16 inch barrel Winchester lever gun in .44 magnum. Another good option would be an AR-15 with a .50 Beowulf upper. But I don't have one of those! (Yet!)
     
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