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20 Gauge for Deer?

Postby pbose » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:54 pm

My son recently passed his hunter exam and is wound up for the coming season.

He has been saving for a gun, Dad has to kick in the rest so can only afford one for the coming season.

We intend to hunt water fowl as well as deer. I believe the first gun will be a youth model 20 gauge for water fowl however there is some like the Mossberg 500 Bantam that include a rifled barrel for slugs.

Can one reasonable expect to be able to effectively shoot deer with this over iron sights, if so what is the range limitation for Mulies?

Thanks

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Re: 20 Gauge for Deer?

Postby NoProplem » Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:21 pm

Obviously it always comes down to shooter skill, but a 20 ga slug will flat put the hurt to a deer out to 150 yards or more...
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Re: 20 Gauge for Deer?

Postby Benny » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:26 pm

Sounds like a great choice for a first gun. I have seen a 12g in action with slugs and buckshot on blacktails. They work great. I'm sure the 20g would be perfect.
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Re: 20 Gauge for Deer?

Postby Dawb » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:42 pm

Hey Pete, if I pass my hunter test will you buy me half a gun too? Im a cheap date, already have my PAL, and a boat, and a job, and I get free beer ;) hahaha
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Re: 20 Gauge for Deer?

Postby pbose » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:04 pm

Thanks guys, we went for the 500 Bantam. Now to start practicing.

Dave, you have to buy your own guns:)

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