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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-19-2019, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Many guys use buckshot on deer drives. Personally, I think many hunters that use buckshot do not recover their deer. The deer run too far and don't bleed enough for good tracking. There is a lot of unnecessary waste. What am I missing?
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-19-2019, 11:15 PM
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What state are they using that in ?
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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-19-2019, 11:20 PM
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Buckshot is legal in PA in the SE region SRA's.
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Didn't know that..
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Where I grew up we had one choice for hunting deer... buckshot. If you keep the range down to under 40 yards, and have a 12 or 10 Ga that throws a tight pattern the losses are not any greater than with slugs. My 12 Ga held 12 to 14 inch patterns with 3 inch 000 buckshot out to 40 yards and many deer dropped where they stood......That being said, when the law changed to allow slugs I bought a slug gun, far superior to buckshot.

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When I was just starting to hunt my Dad did a lot of deer hunting in "Buckshot Only" areas in VA. I went on some his trips but was just tagging along learning being 0nly 10-12 years old. He killed many deer with 00 buckshot with his 12ga 2.75" Browning A-5 with Buck Special Barrel. All were quick one shot kills with no cripples. He hunted very thick cover with most shots being on average 50 yards. I now own Dad's A-5 but haven't used for deer. It also throws slugs pretty well. Although many years have passed....I remember those old VA buckshot deer hunts with Dad as if they were yesterday. Seeing the devastation of what buckshot can do is something one never forgets. Like any weapon...you do your part it will do it's part.
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I've never used buckshot, but I have also lived and hunted in the SE SRA's for 28 years and I can honestly say I have only found one deer that I could verify was obviously taken down by buckshot. I hunt a lot and scout very seriously on heavily hunted public and private land and I do find the unrecovered deer from time to time. From what I have seen, most of the deer I find are from poorly placed shots from a variety of firearms and bows.
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Many guys use buckshot on deer drives. Personally, I think many hunters that use buckshot do not recover their deer. The deer run too far and don't bleed enough for good tracking. There is a lot of unnecessary waste. What am I missing?
There much better choices for deer hunting than buckshot. Muzzleloaders , rifled barreled shotguns with modern saboted slugs,crossbows and bows are a better choice. There is a reason that buckshot is not allowed anywhere other than a few counties in the southeast.
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Would think there would be a lot of meat loss.
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You got to get close with buckshot; I mean like archery longbow close. Even with a full choke them buck shots lose penetration power pretty fast and then there is the spread of the pattern to consider = wounded animal.

Has anyone done any ballistic testing on buckshot or knows of any resource that has? It would be interesting to review the results.
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