10 gauge autoloaders


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MLC
December 30, 2002, 03:46 AM
I am posting for an non-interernet saavy friend:
He wants a 10g auto for deer hunting. What is the
best choice for such an endeavor?
I know Browning makes one and I found a reasonable
price on a Remmy SP10, who else manufactures these
light artillery pieces?
Does anyone use a 10 with buckshot for deer?
This fellow apparently has his heart set on it with a
long fully choked barrel.
TIA

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Dave McCracken
December 30, 2002, 06:07 AM
Old Ithacas are the third choice. Similar to the Rem 10. All three choices will work, but you just about need wheels on them after a half mile or so of walking.

I have to ask. How much experience does your friend have at deer hunting?

MLC
December 30, 2002, 10:57 AM
It would not be my first choice either but he has been hunting for 35 years or so. He usually hunts with a 12g slug gun but has missed deer the past few years .He finds the scope a hinderance because he cannot see the small trees and limbs that are closer to him than the deer and has shot dead several ash, maple and walnuts. His preference is a bead sight with buckshot but the 12 doesn't have the range he wants, up to 75 yards. He hunts in thick Jersey woods.

sm
December 30, 2002, 11:14 AM
<scratching head> Well as Dave said that 10 bore gonna get heavy, wheels on it might spook the deer.

I'd perhaps stick with the 12 bore. Spend some range time tweaking my sights( by this I mean GR, bead, low power scope, trying to see what works best for HIM), loads, and practice...maybe skills getting closer. Find a combo that works, buy a bunch of that lot ammo, practice and ready the freezer.

"nuther thought: Gun fit him ?
one thing all set and prepped at range, in the woods different don't fit , won't hit

Dave McCracken
December 30, 2002, 06:35 PM
MLC, the stuff I hunt in is at least as thick as any in Jersey. Think, Pine Barrens plus 10%. I use a peep sight, an 870, and slugs.

NO buckshot short of the old Civll War Grapeshot from a Napoleon cannon is effective at 75 yards. I'd have strong compunctions about using it at 50.

IMO,he should check his sighting options, including a red dot type sight, and get in some practice.

HTH....

Midnight
January 2, 2003, 12:34 AM
If he absolutely demands more power, a 3.5" 12 GA may be easier to buy, carry, and repair than a 10 GA.

MLC
January 2, 2003, 03:44 PM
This fellows son, my best friend, fell off a roof two days ago and broke his pelvis in three places. Medical bills will overrule any new gun purchases. Thanks for you input gentlemen.

Dave McCracken
January 2, 2003, 07:32 PM
Sorry to hear about your buddy, I'll add him to the prayer list....

Coronach
January 5, 2003, 12:38 AM
Gravity is not always your friend. I hope he gets better soon. Glad it wasn't worse.

Mike

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