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    Deer hunting Buckshot vs. Slugs I have used both and have my preferences I just wanted to see what y'all thought and why
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    Buckshot
    18.18%
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    Slugs
    81.82%
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    WOODSMAN777

  • #2
    We don’t have the option of using buck but am interested in hearing about it’s effectiveness.
    Endeavor to persevere.

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    • #3
      Only used buckshot on pigs, very close. Poor penetration.

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      • #4
        On deer, buckshot is like throwing a light switch. The ones I've shot meandering or standing still dropped right there. Maybe if they were pumped up running and trying to get away from me before I shot my story would be different.
        Hogs are a different breed of cat, they have that hard shield. I've seen that stuff stop a 45 colt at about 5 yards. Had to end up killing the hog by slicing its throut.

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        • #5
          Even as soft as deer are, get anywhere past bow-and-arrow distance (30-40 yards) and it becomes nothing but a wounder, ESPECIALLY from "reduced recoil" (low-velocity) loadings. Penetration is only fairly described (in polite conversation) as "lousy".
          Add to that the normal spread you get, even from the best loads, and anywhere past 30 yards or so and you start missing with up to half the pellets you throw (which is never very many to begin with), and well over half the ones that DO hit won't be anywhere close to the vitals, they'll be all over the poor critter, from the shoulder top to half way up his neck to half-way to her tail.

          Hogs,,, oh hell no, not unless you can basically screw the muzzle in his ear first. WAY too much muscle in and around those shoulders (I am ignoring those thick bones) and that neck to get to the important bits in between.

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          • #6
            On hogs, I only take head shots. Not enough penetration on head shots at 15-20 yds.

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            • #7
              I voted for slugs. Shot at my first deer 40 years ago with buckshot from about 35 yards and it it ran off. Luckily my Dad and Uncle headed him off at the road and pushed him back to me. I finished the job with a Remington Slugger. 3 of the 00 pellets hit the 4 point buck but none in the vitals. Shoulder, front leg, and one through the ear. I've never used buckshot since. I have killed probably 50 or more with 12 gauge slugs since then. Slugs only make 1 hole but it's a big hole.

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              • #8
                Personally... outside of 20yards in (only work well in real real close quarters)... buckshot is inhumane and a HUGE mess...

                I just shot a doe with a reduced recoil slug from a Pederson designed Remington 29. Being that old I decided to only use reduced recoil rounds as to try not to beat up the action. Shattered a rib and still made a huge mess! That was @ 50 yards. I wouldn't have shot her any further out unless using full power slugs.
                Last edited by Lizardkinged; 11-27-2018, 14:33.

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                • #9
                  Know lots of people here who’ve shot a deer with buckshot, mostly while dog hunting. Seems to be a lot of wound loss, but that’s also a combination of a quick running shot and, IMO, not looking too hard. This isn’t me hating on dog hunting, just my observations of how buckshot has performed there. Most of my stands I can’t see past 20 yards or so, and I wouldn’t hesitate to shoot a deer with 00 there.

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                  • #10
                    I considered this question for a place I used to hunt. It had gotten very thick in the years after logging and ultimately decided to go with slugs but that was as far as it got. Bought a slug barrel but left the lease soon after and never hunted with it. The experience of some of the guys in the club that had dog hunted many years prior reflected what you are guys are saying. In the real close thick stuff buckshot can be effective but slugs are a better choice overall.

                    Out of curiosity, I'd bought a few packs of the 12 gauge Hornady reduced recoil slugs that never got fired. Anybody used those before? When researching ammo it seemed like there were two schools of thought, suck it up and shoot the full power heavy slugs vs avoid the recoil punishment, lighter loads do most of what's needed for deer.

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                    • #11
                      My deer hunting with slugs is basically where required by law. I have a single 20 ga with a 2x scope. I use 2 3/4" Remington, groups 2-3" at 50 yards. My range is usually well under 50 yards.

                      Heat/lung shot deer act the same as if hit with and '06.

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