Measured Buckshot Kill Shot....

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LT6767

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Just went and measured where I took a 5pt buck this past November... 45yds with 00 buckshot!!

Didn't think it was that far out. Not bad for an old Remington 1100 with a fixed Modified choke and a 2.75 Federal Copper plated 12ct 00 buckshot..
 

model88_308

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Thanks for the pics! That was a lot of damage at 45 yards! :rockon:

I happen to have a combination with 12ga over .308 that I have used for the taking of my only deer with 00 buck. I need to get it to the range and get it ready for a bear, hog or deer hunt in the near future. It will be slugs for bear or hogs and slugs or buckshot for deer.
 
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LT6767

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Did it drop him Was he standings still when you shot I only have experience with running targets
Decent walking pace... knocked it down and got up and casually walked like I never hit it. Knocked it down again at about 35yds and the same thing again. It walked 10yds in front of my stand and finished it with a neck shot. How that deer got back up twice I'll never know..... it was dead on it's feet after the first shot. Weird...
 
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LT6767

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Thanks for the pics! That was a lot of damage at 45 yards! :rockon:

I happen to have a combination with 12ga over .308 that I have used for the taking of my only deer with 00 buck. I need to get it to the range and get it ready for a bear, hog or deer hunt in the near future. It will be slugs for bear or hogs and slugs or buckshot for deer.
I use a shotgun with buckshot because of all of the low lying brush and small twigs you can't see through a scope. I've missed more deer than I care to remember only to find a small broken twig where a bullet hit and deflected. After missing a coyote on what I thought was an open 30yd shot 4yrs ago, I pulled out my old single shot 20ga and loaded it with rem #3 buck. Dropped a nice 8pt buck a few weeks afterwards at 35yds with that combo. Been using shotguns with buckshot ever since in the thick stuff. Haven't missed a deer within range with a shotgun yet...
 
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sleepr71

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Cool.I’d hate to be on the receiving end! I have taken Coyotes at a measured 65-70yds(from my porch,to two huge Persimmon trees they frequent when fruit is dropping).That was with #4 Buck & PatternMaster choke though. A well patterned Buckshot load is potent medicine!
 
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LT6767

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Cool.I’d hate to be on the receiving end! I have taken Coyotes at a measured 65-70yds(from my porch,to two huge Persimmon trees they frequent when fruit is dropping).That was with #4 Buck & PatternMaster choke though. A well patterned Buckshot load is potent medicine!
Some people think #4 buckshot is too small for deer.... lol, keep a tight pattern and it'll take a deer at 40yds very easily. It always amazes me on the negative comments on hunting with buckshot. They always come from someone with zero experience and knowledge of how to use it.... and more often than not they're familiar with patterning a shotgun.
 
Decent walking pace... knocked it down and got up and casually walked like I never hit it. Knocked it down again at about 35yds and the same thing again. It walked 10yds in front of my stand and finished it with a neck shot. How that deer got back up twice I'll never know..... it was dead on it's feet after the first shot. Weird...
Am I reading this right? Shot him 3 times before he was down for good?
 

Mark K

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Well I’m now convinced not to use buckshot. 3 times and that’s it on the holes through the ribs.
I don’t think you can count that as a 45 yard kill, lol. If it’s 45 yards and it drops dead then yes...45 yards and you have to keep shooting until he gets 10 yards away then NO. May want to pattern that choke and shell combo before trying for another next year.
 
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LT6767

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Well I’m now convinced not to use buckshot. 3 times and that’s it on the holes through the ribs.
I don’t think you can count that as a 45 yard kill, lol. If it’s 45 yards and it drops dead then yes...45 yards and you have to keep shooting until he gets 10 yards away then NO. May want to pattern that choke and shell combo before trying for another next year.
Lol, it was dead on its feet after I hit it the first time. I've hit deer with a .243, .300Sav, 30-30 and .35Rem all perfect heart and lung shots and still had them run 50-60yds or go straight down. Same thing with #3, 00 and 000 buckshot. There's no perfect formula for a bang flop shot every time unless you whack it in the melon or break the spine. Some deer are more sprited than others and they don't want to go down while some instantly go down.

That combo patterns very well, I just misjudged the distance on the first shot...
 
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Mark K

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Your post stated it went down and got back up walking like it wasn’t even hit. Or did I read it wrong?
Yes, I have had deer run with a rifle and a bow, but never had to shoot one three times to kill it, then brag about the distance.
If it was “dead on the first shot” why keep shooting. In fact you “knocked it down again” with the second shot and it kept going.
9 pellets in 2.75 00Buck...so you had 27 holes in the deer?
My son uses buckshot for work all the time and has knocked them down dead at 60+ yards...but a choke was made and shells patterned to achieve that. Just to throw buckshot in a shotgun doesn’t make it a viable option for deer at 45 yards.
Some things just don’t need to be posted, lol.
 
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LT6767

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Your post stated it went down and got back up walking like it wasn’t even hit. Or did I read it wrong?
Yes, I have had deer run with a rifle and a bow, but never had to shoot one three times to kill it, then brag about the distance.
If it was “dead on the first shot” why keep shooting. In fact you “knocked it down again” with the second shot and it kept going.
9 pellets in 2.75 00Buck...so you had 27 holes in the deer?
My son uses buckshot for work all the time and has knocked them down dead at 60+ yards...but a choke was made and shells patterned to achieve that. Just to throw buckshot in a shotgun doesn’t make it a viable option for deer at 45 yards.
Some things just don’t need to be posted, lol.
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