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NEF Pardner 20 gauge for deer hunting?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by LY, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. LY

    LY Active Member

    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?
  2. Pyro

    Pyro Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

  4. Pyro

    Pyro Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't a Brenneke slug also work in a smoothbore shotgun?
  5. LY

    LY Active Member

    The link that NCsmitty posted was for Brenneke slugs
  6. plumberroy

    plumberroy Well-Known Member

    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
  7. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Accurate enough, but it will kick.

  8. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    I found the brenneke slugs out of my 20 gauge to recoil less than buckshot.
  9. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. 357 Terms

    357 Terms Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    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.


  12. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    It will work great if you find the right ammo.
  14. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

  15. LY

    LY Active Member

    Despite all of the very good suggestions, I am considering buying a 12 gauge with a rifled barrel.
  16. mgkdrgn

    mgkdrgn Well-Known Member

    You said it brother!

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

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. 303tom

    303tom member

    Ordered me a .50 BP barrel the other day for my Pardner !
  20. razorback2003

    razorback2003 Well-Known Member

    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.

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