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hunting with buck shot?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by theboyscout, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. theboyscout

    theboyscout New Member

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    I was hunting yesterday and met a guy who said he said hog can be hunted with Buckshot, this way you wouldn't have to worry about rangers bothering you for carrying slugs? is that possible/ is that true.

    Also, what is the difference between:

    1) buckshot and #1 shot
    2) buck shot and #2 shot
    3) buckshot and double ot buck
    4) buckshot and triple ot buck
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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  3. mdauben

    mdauben Senior Member

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    You could certainly dispatch a hog with buckshot, although your effective range is less compared to a rifle round. Not sure why the rangers would bother you for carrying slugs? Is this some local reguation? Slugs are routinly used in many states for deer huniting.

    The "ot" is actually "aught" or zero, so "double aught" is written "00 buckshot". Buckshot and birdshot is graded by size and identified by numbers and/or letters as shown:

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  4. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Senior Member

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    Under Arkansas regulations you are limited in shot size for furbearers to T shot or rimfire rifles on the national forest. These are the methods you must adhere to during the "off season" for hogs as well.

    And the game and fish commission wonders why they cannot get more folks to hunt hogs.

    Check your regulations and I'm sure a shot size will be specified.






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  5. Patocazador

    Patocazador Senior Member

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    I have killed over a dozen hogs here in Fla. with buckshot .. either 00 or #1 buck.
    There are rules against using centerfire rifles during small game seasons on WMAs but none against buckshot or slugs. Federal Wildlife Refuges usually restrict the use of lead shot so copper slugs or steel T shot or larger would be your best bet but check the regs for that wildlife refuge first.
     
  6. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

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    Dup in Shotguns is closed, this one is still open...
     
  7. jmr40

    jmr40 Senior Member

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    Not exactly sure what you are asking. Here in GA you can hunt hogs year round. During rifle season you can use any centerfire rifle, handgun or shotgun you would normally use for deer or bear. During archery season, or when all other big game seasons are closed you must hunt hogs with guns legal for small game.

    That means 22 rimfires, archery equipment, shotguns with #2 shot or smaller, or any muzzle loader.

    At least here in GA buckshot would be just as illegal as slugs. Most guys here who hog hunt before or after rifle deer season hunt with a muzzleloader to be legal. I have no idea what the laws are where you live
     
  8. T.R.

    T.R. Senior Member

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    I've killed deer with my full choked 16 gauge shotgun loaded with #1 buckshot. Very lethal at 20 yards. But I've never fired farther than this distance nor have I shot a wild hog with buckshot.

    TR
     
  9. mbt2001

    mbt2001 Senior Member

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    buckshot no problem for hogs... Inside 25-30 yards I would say, depending on patterning and the particular load that you are using. Maybe a bit more, depending on the size of the hog that you are going for, the monsters need 0buck or larger. I like #4 in general.
     
  10. DM~

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    For deer hunting with buckshot, you really NEED to pattern YOUR shotgun with different buckshot to see what YOUR max range is with THAT shotgun.

    IF you aren't willing to do that, you have NO BUSINESS shooting at animals with buckshot!

    BUT, if you get a shotgun that patterns well with what ever buckshot you want to use, buckshot is VERY effective on deer sized animals. One of my uncles used nothing but buckshot on deer all of his life, and he killed over 100 deer with it, MANY over 50 yards away.

    Over the years, he ALSO traded shotguns until he got one that patterened EXACTLY the way he wanted it to. And he kept that shotgun until he passed away many years later...

    My dad (and us kids) also shot quite a few deer with buckshot, and dad also was very picky about what buckshot we shot through the shotgun we were hunting with.

    Lastly, with buckshot, when you shoot at a deer far enough away that your pattern "starts to open up a bit", (you need to pattern YOUR shotgun to see what range this is for YOUR gun/load) ALWAYS aim half way between the head and the shoulder! This will put most of the shot in the head and rib cage for the quickest kills.

    Like i said, if you aren't willing to take the time to pattern YOUR shotgun with the buckshot you want to use, then you shouldn't be out in the woods with it!!

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  11. 351 WINCHESTER

    351 WINCHESTER Senior Member

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    I have shot hogs with 00 buck under 20 yards with little effect. I have seen deer killed with a single pellet at 100 yards. My point is I lost faith in buckshot 45 years ago. Too many wounded critters. I much prefer a rifle. If you shoot a hog with buckshot you better shoot him as many times as you can cause it's a crap shoot.
     
  12. Patocazador

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    I always aim for the head when using 00 buckshot on hogs or deer. One of those 15 pellets in the head will do the trick. If they miss, shoot again. Never lost one that was under 50 yards.
     
  13. mbt2001

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    I have noticed a difference in load, to a degree, but never really in the gun, provided the chokes were the same. Weird. Perhaps I got lucky with mine...
     
  14. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Senior Member

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    Why don`t you look it up on the DNR site? Instead of what, "some guy said."
    Information is available . J s/n.
     

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