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10 gauge autoloaders

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by MLC, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. MLC

    MLC New Member

    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.
  2. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    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?
  3. MLC

    MLC New Member

    How much experience does your friend have at deer hunting?

    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.
  4. sm

    sm member

    <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
  5. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    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.

  6. Midnight

    Midnight New Member

    If he absolutely demands more power, a 3.5" 12 GA may be easier to buy, carry, and repair than a 10 GA.
  7. MLC

    MLC New Member

    All moot now

    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.
  8. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Sorry to hear about your buddy, I'll add him to the prayer list....
  9. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

    Gravity is not always your friend. I hope he gets better soon. Glad it wasn't worse.


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