NEF Pardner 20 gauge for deer hunting?


January 2, 2012, 05:43 PM
I got it when I was younger and did some squirrel hunting with it. Is it possible to hunt deer with the single-shot pardner? How accurate would a slug be with this?

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January 2, 2012, 06:04 PM
Very possible.
Take it to the shooting range to see how accurate a slug would be, try a few different brands and see which one works best.

January 2, 2012, 06:15 PM
A smoothbore shotgun needs to use standard foster style slugs, no sabot style as they are made to be used in rifled barrel shotguns.

Something like this would work if it proved fairly accurate for you.

Of course Remington, Winchester, and Federal make good stuff too.


January 2, 2012, 06:47 PM
A smoothbore shotgun needs to use standard foster style slugs
Wouldn't a Brenneke slug also work in a smoothbore shotgun?

January 2, 2012, 06:49 PM
The link that NCsmitty posted was for Brenneke slugs

January 3, 2012, 06:14 PM
I have a H&R 12 ga turkey gun fixed full choke that will shoot cheap walmart winchester slug under 6" groups @ 50 yards as long as long as you can stand to shoot it. My tamer 20 will do the same with brenneke's and kicks just as hard

Dave McCracken
January 3, 2012, 06:28 PM
Accurate enough, but it will kick.


Andrew Wyatt
January 3, 2012, 06:50 PM
I found the brenneke slugs out of my 20 gauge to recoil less than buckshot.

January 3, 2012, 07:27 PM
My NEF will shoot slugs into one hole at 25 yards... but I did have to file the bead to get it to shoot them point to aim.

357 Terms
January 3, 2012, 08:25 PM
I seem to remember that you can buy a rifled adj sight barrel from NEF for like $125, can't remember the xact price, that would be alot better for deer hunting.

January 3, 2012, 08:58 PM
If interested, here's the link to H&R barrel replacement program. They offer a rifled 20ga barrel with rifle sights, fitted for $75 +shipping.
These can shoot a sabot slug in excess of 100yds with rifle like accuracy.


January 3, 2012, 09:17 PM
My expereince with a N.E.F. single shot mortaring Remington foster slugs at 50 yards was horrible.
Not only did the 12 gauge beat the crap out of me but the miserable bead "sight" was so poor that I could not even hit a target that was 20 inches high and 14 inches wide!!
This shotgun has a fixed modified choke.
Yours on the other hand might be the cat's meow in accuracy but dont count on it with a bird bead for a sight.
Get the rifle sight barrel at least for the sake of the deer you are firing at.

January 3, 2012, 09:20 PM
It will work great if you find the right ammo.

Andrew Wyatt
January 4, 2012, 11:02 AM

pick up the NDS-38 and your favorite ramp/bead.

Enjoy your ability to hit things with a slug.

January 4, 2012, 03:39 PM
Despite all of the very good suggestions, I am considering buying a 12 gauge with a rifled barrel.

January 4, 2012, 10:04 PM
Accurate enough, but it will kick.

You said it brother!

I had one of those when I was a kid hunting ... hardest kicking gun I =ever= had.

January 4, 2012, 10:26 PM
The rifled barrel gun is set up for slug shooting with a soft recoil pad, steel weight bar in the buttstock, heavy walled barrel and provision to easily mount a scope or optic.
The gun weights about 8.5 pounds so recoil isn't as bad as some might make you believe.

The single barrels can have a set of stick on sights installed, I think the makers name is "Accu-Site" and they will work OK but you will know you are shooting a powerful load in these lighter guns!

eta; forget sabot type slugs in a smoothbore barrel, stick with standard Foster or Brenneke type slugs.

January 5, 2012, 04:42 PM
Sure. as for accuracy, a lot depends on the shooter and the ammo. Provided you do your part, you should be able to hit minute of deer at anything less than 100 yards in a clear view.

January 6, 2012, 09:36 AM
Ordered me a .50 BP barrel the other day for my Pardner !

January 6, 2012, 09:58 AM
If you have a regular shotgun barrel, you can put a paper plate out to about 50 yards and see how it does with 5 dollar a 5 shell box slugs. You might even try closer at 25-30 out of curiosity. How far are the deer you are shooting at? A 20 GA slug will work fine on deer and buckshot will too when you are real close.

January 6, 2012, 04:57 PM
In 1977 I took a large (well by Florida standards) buck with a Franchi 48L using the old foster type slugs. One shot and down it went, so yep, it should work even better today with newer slug designs. It's all about shot placement.

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