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#712091 - 04/22/08 08:33 PM Shotgun for deer hunting?
6 Point

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 974
Loc: Middle TN

How many of you guys out there use a shotgun w/slugs for deer hunting.

Thinking about getting a rifled barrel for my gun and using it.

What is the range of a shotgun slug or what is the max distance you would go while using one?

#712107 - 04/22/08 08:38 PM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: David]
WestTn Huntin'man
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Registered: 11/19/06
Posts: 11975
Loc: Benton Co.

I have used a shotgun with slugs in the past. With some of the barrels and ammo these days 50 to 75 yards should not be a problem. You just have to get out to the range with some ammo and see what you're comfortable with. A scoped barrel will help alot.
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#712479 - 04/23/08 06:11 AM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 11745
Loc: east tn

i have a rifled barrel & it would be no problem out to 125-150yards,some of the slug only guns & barrels get tooted as 200yd no problem,for me i will stick to 150y max as it is used only on drawed hunts or maybe out of state some day,mike243
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#712547 - 04/23/08 07:42 AM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: David]
12 Point

Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 7064
Loc: Rhea County

Give the Hornaday SST slugs a try if you do, it should help on the range issue.
"Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age,"

#712785 - 04/23/08 11:26 AM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: TN RDG RNR]
8 Point

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2167
Loc: Russellville

I love my slug barrel. I carried it a little last year while hunting the thick stuff. I hear of 200-yd shots but 100-yds would be a long shot for me.
I shot a doe at AEDC 2-years ago at 110-YDS. The deer dropped in its tracks.
Thank god for kids.

#714585 - 04/24/08 01:45 PM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: RussellvilleRob]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27606
Loc: TN

A good slug gun with a rifled barrel, and quality scope, shooting the right slugs, will perform pretty well out to 150 yards!
#716193 - 04/25/08 04:03 PM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: Winchester]
Hillbilly Hunter
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 17883
Loc: Branchville

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slugs are hard on a deer!
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#726076 - 05/03/08 05:26 PM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
14 Point

Registered: 09/12/03
Posts: 8600
Loc: Mount Carmel, TN

I use a shotgun with a slug barrel on WMA shotgun-only hunts. Slugs sure make a big hole in a deer.
The older we get....the better we was.

#730592 - 05/07/08 06:45 PM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: TN RDG RNR]
8 Point

Registered: 08/21/07
Posts: 1084

[quote=TN RDG RNR]Give the Hornaday SST slugs a try if you do, it should help on the range issue. [/quote

I shot a 8pt. @ 95yds. with SST slugs he only went 20 yds. and get real good groups at 150 yds. with my 870.

#731063 - 05/08/08 08:14 AM Re: Shotgun for deer hunting? [Re: JDBinTN]
4 Point

Registered: 07/04/07
Posts: 211
Loc: Shelby county Tennessee

I have 2, 12 ga rifled slug shotguns. I only shoot Hasting laser accurate 3" magnums. They are a 1 1/4 oz slug. Zero'd at 100 yds. At 127 yards I hardley notice the drop and put the slug over an 1.75" deep into an oak tree. The deer I got year before last literally fell over dead. (I am a good shooter, but not the worlds greatest hunter)
High velocity rounds are good, but for knock down, without having to worry about any accidents 2 miles away, you cannot beat a rifled slug gun, in my opinion.
Go to and watch the ballistic video's.
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