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Old November 29th, 2013, 07:41 AM   #1
 
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Deer hunting with buckshot

Well after trying to take my first deer with buckshot I believe I'm done hunting with it. When hunting with a shotgun I've always used slugs but I've always wanted to try buckshot so I did. This morning I shot a deer at 20-25yds. with 000 buckshot and failed to kill or even find the deer despite hitting it hard as I saw the impact and the deers response to being hit. I couldn't believe the deer didn't drop or die a short distance from where it was shot. I looked for 2hrs. but couldn't even find a drop of blood. I'm 100% positive I made a good well aimed shot. I've killed truckloads of deer so I'm not exactly a newbe to deer hunting as I've been hunting for about 30 yrs.. Now I understand why some despise buckshot while others sing its praises. What are your thoughts about the effectiveness of buckshot and do you hunt with it? I know it's not legal everywhere but it is here where I live. Back to slugs...they seldom run anywhere after being hit with one of those.



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Old November 29th, 2013, 08:10 AM   #2
 
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I hunt with a rifle but if I used a shotgun I would use slugs and not buckshot. I would think buckshot would be too likely to spread out and not provide adequate hits to the vitals. I don't even think buckshot is legal where I hunt.
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It's illegal in PA for Deer except for a very few specific areas. Probably for the reason you mentioned. I would stick with slugs.
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Not legal in my area but wasn't always that way. I have killed one deer with buckshot with I was a teenager and you have to keep shooting until they go down. I don't like it and wouldn't use it even if it were legal, especially now in the age of rifled BBL's and saboted slugs.
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Buckshot should be renamed to "Badguyshot". I'm sure it would work well on an unwanted human target at 3 a.m.
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I have always used slugs as I never seem to get close enough for buckshot.
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In my limited experience with shooting deer with buckshot, I found it to be a very ugly method for killing a deer. Wouldn't think of using it again.
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Maybe I'm the only one here that has used buckshot successfully. I grew up dog driving and buckshot is all we used. I've taken deer out to 100yds with buckshot, multiple shots usually, only 2 does that were one shot wonders at 90ish yds. We just patterned my wonderful 870 with full choke and it will put 12-13 pellets (out of 15) in a deer shoulder sized area at 30yds, and about half that at 50yds. I have had to track deer A LOT more when shooting buckshot. I've shot deer with buckshot that showed no sign of being hit, but knew I connected and usually find blood or body within a short distance.

I have used slugs also, out to 100yds and lost deer with plenty of blood on the ground. To date, I've only harvested 2 deer with slugs.

I can't count the number of deer I've harvested with buckshot. If given the choice, I'll take my 28" full choke 870 and a box of 3" 00 buckshot over slugs any day of my life as long as it is legal to use buckshot.
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My experiences have all be bad also
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I've shot 1 deer with buck, being 00 3" mag load, at aprox 30yrds coming down the trail toward me(I was walking to my sitting stand that early morn). Was using a Mossberg 18" 500 open choke. The deer(aprox 95-100lb 4 pt) went down like a silhouette.
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Doesn't seem ethical to me. I've heard more than a handful of stories of humans being shot, point blank, in the head/face, with 00 Buck and lived. It seems that those pellets don't have the sectional density to reliably create adequate penetration, even at full muzzle velocity, let alone downrange when they lose a significant amount of velocity due to their low BC.
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The only way I'm gonna shoot a deer with buckshot is if he breaks into my house on a dark night. In the woods, it's my Marlin 30-30.
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Deer Hunting with Buckshot is illegal

here in Missouri. It is not a good way to get a clean kill. I've seen a couple of people shot with buckshot. Bring the mop and a sponge. It has a real tendency to remove large sections of a human body completely at 0 to 50 feet.
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Doesn't seem ethical to me. I've heard more than a handful of stories of humans being shot, point blank, in the head/face, with 00 Buck and lived. It seems that those pellets don't have the sectional density to reliably create adequate penetration, even at full muzzle velocity, let alone downrange when they lose a significant amount of velocity due to their low BC.
I'm not entirely sure I would so quickly believe those "stories" you've heard. If you were to shoot a human "point blank" with even a 2-3/4" standard factory buckshot load, it would kill that person 99.999 percent of the time. If someone were to survive a buckshot load, from any gauge, at point blank range, it would be nothing short of a miracle. Granted there are circumstances to each particular gunshot wound, angle of impact (grazing) and other variables such as an improperly loaded cartridge or shell, in which case the recipient could possibly survive. A "point blank" direct head, facial or even a body mass shot from any gauge buckshot will inevitably prove fatal. I have one of my nephews forensic science textbooks from college and it includes actual pictures taken from various crime scenes around the world (not for the squeamish!) I do think more shooters should see the real life gunshot wounds contained in the pages of this book so as to gain a realistic look at what the various cartridges that we use everyday are truly capable of when used against human flesh. There are three different pictorials of buckshot homicides that rendered the victims unrecognizable. Death was immediate. One look & you can see that buckshot is not to be toyed with. Yardage does work against buckshot, it releases most of it's useable energy at relatively close ranges when compared to centerfire rifle projectiles. I do not use buckshot for deer hunting, I prefer slugs, but I do use it in my personal protection (HD) shotguns, I believe the shotgun is the single best option for home defense available.
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Old November 29th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #15
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I'm not a hunter (yet) but I would probably opt to not use buckshot and go with a sabot or a slug.
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