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#3064209 - 12/05/12 07:07 AM Buckshot advice

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 32
Loc: Lakeland/Stanton

I dont expect much feedback but figured i would ask.
I am going to Arkansas next week to hunt deer with dogs. This will be my second hunt and I took my .270 last time and this time I will be taking the ole mossburg 500. Any input on 00Buckshot?

#3064228 - 12/05/12 07:20 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: WTN_Hunter]
4 Point

Registered: 10/21/09
Posts: 159
Loc: Chattanooga, TN

3" OO is what I killed my first deer with. 40 yd shot put him down immediately. If I remember correctly on a 3" it has 15 pellets in it. I found 10 of my pellets when I butchered the deer.
#3064269 - 12/05/12 07:41 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: MooreEagle]
Boll Weevil
8 Point

Registered: 06/26/11
Posts: 1332
Loc: Hardeman

00 and 000 are absolutely lethal within their effective range; just try not to be tempted by a marginal shot opportunity and think "pattern" vs. "a single point." On a shot coming at you, aim just below the white throat patch. Broadside shots; try to center the pattern just forward of the shoulder as opposed to behind like you might with a rifle.

As a kid in MS we ran dogs...good memories.

#3064287 - 12/05/12 07:56 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: MooreEagle]
10 Point

Registered: 08/19/08
Posts: 3974

 Originally Posted By: MooreEagle
3" OO is what I killed my first deer with. 40 yd shot put him down immediately. If I remember correctly on a 3" it has 15 pellets in it. I found 10 of my pellets when I butchered the deer.

My exact thought. And enjoy yourself. I miss dog hunting back home in South Bama.

#3064346 - 12/05/12 08:31 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: REM7]
12 Point

Registered: 06/03/04
Posts: 5133
Loc: Southern Wayne CO and NW Alaba...

Growing up we dog hunted with rifles. We were spread out more so than some dog clubs were.

Pickens Co, AL was buckshot only but the drives were more organized but we also had a lot more hunters. I was impressed how deadly that stuff was. Rarely and I mean rarely did you hear a shot and a dead deer not be at the other end. Rarely. I was impressed. Those guys knew their guns and how to shoot that stuff.
Official BTR Scorer in NW Alabama and southern middle Tennessee

#3064360 - 12/05/12 08:43 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
Bayou Buck
10 Point

Registered: 05/11/09
Posts: 2725
Loc: Spring Hill / Perry Co

I would recommend shooting both through your gun and see what shoots better. My old rem 870 express couldnt shoot 000 worth a darn. 00 buckshot was lethal though out to about 40 yards. I also use to use the copper coated loads and liked them.
#3064473 - 12/05/12 10:02 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: Bayou Buck]

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 32
Loc: Lakeland/Stanton

We have 22,00 acres to hunt and a bunch of well groomed dogs and they have been avgeraging 1 Buck a day since last saturday. I am leaving friday and appreciate all the advice. I have hunted TN all my life so Buckshot is new to me
#3064499 - 12/05/12 10:19 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: WTN_Hunter]
Mississippi Boy

Registered: 01/05/11
Posts: 68
Loc: Johnson City, TN

I've killed quite a few deer with buckshot and the best size to shoot is whatever your gun likes. I would at the very least pattern some 00 and #1 buckshot with a couple of different chokes (sometimes the smaller sizes like tighter chokes and vice versa). A load that many people over look is #4 buckshot. In a 3" shell, I believe it contains 41 pellets. I used to use that load in a browning pump and anything inside 40 yards looked like a collander after you shoot it.
#3064501 - 12/05/12 10:19 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: WTN_Hunter]
WestTn Huntin'man
16 Point

Registered: 11/19/06
Posts: 12099
Loc: Benton Co.

3" mag OO is what I killed my 1st deer with in La.There are not many critters that can take a load of 00 at 40 yards and remain standing.Dogs, swamps, and drives sure brings back memories.
Proverbs 3:27 Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it

#3064518 - 12/05/12 10:41 AM Re: Buckshot advice [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

I hunted in VA but never had the chance to hunt with dogs. I also never had a chance to shoot buck shot at a deer, but i know like someone else mentioned you have to lead them in front of the shoulder.

It is deadly when applied correctly ;\)
Semper Fidelis!

“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
General James Mattis

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