Deer: Buckshot OR slugs?

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I've never hunted deer with a shotgun but may do so this year. Within 50-75 yards, what do you choose for deer and why?
 

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Grew up in Ohio hunting with slugs. Buckshot was not allowed up there for hunting to my knowledge, but I knew guys that did. Quality slugs even out of a basic shotty will hold at 2-4" at those distances. If you opt for that Mossberg bolt action 20ga with good ammo, I've heard tell of it being accurate and effective to 150 yards.
The effectiveness of buckshot would be questionable to me at that range. You'd have to spend time and money to shoot several groups to see how the pattern holds. For me, I'd rather send one slug and know exactly where it's going to land.
 
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I have a shotgun that will cloverleaf slugs at 100 yards. That being said, slugs don't deliver the massive shock and wounding at 1400 fps that a major caliber rifle with premium bullets do. A slug pretty much blows a 1 inch hole wherever it goes. Of course if you don't mind throwing away the shoulders, the slug will anchor them, but I prefer to turn the lungs into jelly and eat the shoulders. 30-06 and 7mm mag loaded with 150's at similar velocities are my favorites for quick kills without destroying too much.
 

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I have a shotgun that will cloverleaf slugs at 100 yards. That being said, slugs don't deliver the massive shock and wounding at 1400 fps that a major caliber rifle with premium bullets do. A slug pretty much blows a 1 inch hole wherever it goes. Of course if you don't mind throwing away the shoulders, the slug will anchor them, but I prefer to turn the lungs into jelly and eat the shoulders. 30-06 and 7mm mag loaded with 150's at similar velocities are my favorites for quick kills without destroying too much.
I use sabot slugs in a rifled barrel that shoot over 2000 fps. They work pretty well compared to a rifled slug.
 

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Only time I’ve ever hunted deer with a shotgun was the one and only dog hunt I’ve ever been on. It was required since there was a slight risk of crossfire. I hunted with a 30-30 from the time I was 14 until about 5 years ago when I got my tikka hunter in .308
 
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used slugs as a kid before I was 17, then got my 30-30. One massive punkin ball we called them.
 

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I used sl
used slugs as a kid before I was 17, then got my 30-30. One massive punkin ball we called them.
I used slugs as a kid too before I was entrusted with a grown up rifle. Looking back now I don’t think they actually expected me to get anything, but just to keep me occupied while they went deeper into the woods.
 
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I have the chance to hunt some utility-property and it's archery only with a few shotgun days as well. I'm good with my crossbow but thought I might try a shotgun.
What kind of shotgun do you have? You can get a rifled barrel fairly cheap and the sabot slugs shoot more like a rifle. I'm pretty comfortable at 150 plus yards with mine.
 

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What kind of shotgun do you have? You can get a rifled barrel fairly cheap and the sabot slugs shoot more like a rifle. I'm pretty comfortable at 150 plus yards with mine.
The Hastings barrel will shoot tighter groups than many lever actions and lesser bolt guns at intended ranges. Mine will touch holes at 100. I have no idea about the cheap tubes though.
 
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I grew up in southern Illinois an we could only use slugs. Sabot slugs are the way to go I used a Winchester 120

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What kind of shotgun do you have? You can get a rifled barrel fairly cheap and the sabot slugs shoot more like a rifle. I'm pretty comfortable at 150 plus yards with mine.
The only 12ga I have at the moment is an AR platforms shotgun. It's got a smooth barrel but can take various chokes.