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what is the best shotgun for deer hunting?

from ltmhunter on 08.18.09

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from Garrett Kane wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

Remington 870 12 gauge all i have to say is it has enough power

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from Bdiab48 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

It depends what u are more comfortable with and what your budget is i just bought a mossberg maverick 88 with a 28" barell for 140 and it shoots fine i have no complaints but if u have a little more money to spend a mossberg 500 is good to its basicly the suped up version of the mossberg 88

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from moss535 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I AGREE FIT OF GUN & CONFIDENCE IN YOUR GUN ARE THE UPMOST FACTORS IN THE FIELD. PATTERN A SHOTGUN & KNOW WHERE YOUR SAFTY IS. WHEN THAT ONCE IN A LIFE TIME SHOT OCCURES , YOU WILL BE READY, & WITH CONFIDENCE.

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from captaineasy wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Comfort, fit, and confidence are needed in the shotgun that you use.
The shotgun can cost $200 or $1000 if you can hit your target at 50 yards is the important question. I like a pump because you can look directly down the barrel at the target. I have a model 1200 winchester with a smooth bore slug barrel it is topped off with a 4 power J model weaver scope. The scope is on a side mount base. When you aim this shotgun you are looking right down the barrel. I have shot so many practice rounds with it, I have removed the thinking process completly when I use it for deer hunting. If the shotgun, or any gun does not fit the hunter, and the shooter does not practice, the cost of the particular gun does not enter the total hunting experience.

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from oldnavychief wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

in 1981 i move to virginia. having not deer hunted when I live in iowa and ill and really missed out. When I got to virginia my half brother invited me to join his hunt club. I ask him what gun I needed. His recommendation was a mossberg 500 pump regal. At that time $225.00. I have kiiled many deer with this gun and it also can be fitted to shot slugs since virginia is very wooded. Also I got a coke to shoot geese with and it worked very good. With the prices of guns no days its a bargin. Especially if u are a disable vet or disable person with little income. Good hunting this yr

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from Ron588 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I am 63 now. When I was about 12 my dad bought me a
Mossberg 410 3" bolt action single shot shotgun. I carried it every time we went on vacation to my uncles. He lived out side of Paris Texas and raised cattle on several hundred acreas. All I had to do was point in the general direction and shoot. I killed more game with that 410 " including a beautiful Craine of some sort that I am sure I would have been locked up for " than all the 2 hundred or so guns I have owned since. Most I never shot. 1 shot from most any 12 gauge should be enough.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

It's going to come down to personal preference, we all know that ours is the either the best or the worst, (but usually the best) What may work for me may not work for someone else. Whatever works for you is the best.

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from drbigdawg wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I bought a Ithaca Deerslayer Model 37 12 gauge when I was 16 (44 yrs. ago!) and have downed over 100 whitetails in Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. It has a 20 inch barrel with open sights and has been perfect for the bluff country. It has been a flawless performer in all of the weather this part of the country offers in the fall. It is a great gun for the best whitetail hunting area in the world!!

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from sh00ter762 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I know what everyone is going to say, but can you actually beat a Benelli for any occasion. I owned an M500 for years, have used the M500, Rem 870, and the Benelli M1 Super 90 (love then all), but the M1 is a workhorse that keeps on running and will digest just about anything (door knobs, hinges, 4-legged and 2-legged critters alike). I shot my first turkey 11 years ago with a choked tactical Super 90. The same weapon system will shoot 2MOA @ 100yds. And did I mention...it's a Benelli? And now days they even come in neat color patterns! Don't bag on me about the cost, cause your gonna have it for the rest of your life (unless your broke and make the same mistake we all have made at least once).

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from sisu56 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I use a Stoeger 2000 (poor man's benelli) with a rifled barrel and 4X fixed Nikon scope. The big thing with these rifled barrels is you HAVE to use the Hornady 300 gr SST slugs (muzzle 2000 fps and only drops 2.7" at 100 yards). Kicks like a mule as it's very lightweight and easy to carry.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

You'll never get total agreement on this question. I've heard a lot of good things about the Mossberg 500, but my vote goes to the 870. I don't think you can go wrong with either one.

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from Live4Bowhunting wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I've got a Mossberg 500 with a 28" barrel for rabbit and goose hunting, a 24" barrel for turkey, and a slug barrel for deer and have taken more animals than I can remember. Not bad for a second hand gun I purchased 30 years ago for $125. I have seen where you can get the combo kit for around $350. I would not trade my 500 for anything.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I have a mossberg that I've had for more years than some of these readers have been alive. It works as good now as when it was new. Before i tore my shoulder up, I could shoot at birds and see three wads in the air as I shot. A friend who had a fancy Italian gun couldn't shoot his as fast or as accurately as mine.
If you get a Mossberg 500 in 12 gauge, you can order a muzzle loader barrel and have two guns in one. Make that three guns, if you count the rifled barrel and the smooth bore. It doesn't get any better than that.

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I use the Mossberg 535 with 1 oz. Remington Sluggers, Weaver scope, and get groups at 75 yards that I never would have believed a smoothbore could make. It's proven itself in the field too. The other thing I like about it is it's chambered for 3.5" mag, so I take off the scope, put in the extra full choke, and I'm set for the gobblers.

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from hickory94 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

i use a remington 870 12 gauge slug gun with a multipower nikon slug scope
for slugs id go with hornady coppers.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

dwrote1 has you looking exactly where I would. The mossberg 500 is a very inexpensive gun that gets the job done. I look at guns as an investment that lasts for years though so I would recommend the Remington 870. You will likely have a bit over $500 in it by the time you're pulling a trigger on a deer but you will be able to rely on that gun for a long long time. I'm not saying the Mossberg is gonna fall apart in a couple years but I'm a big fan of the 870.

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from dwrote1 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

That is a very loaded question. It really depends on what you are comfortable using and what your budget is. Last year I was loking for a new shotgun for deer hunting on a very limited budget. I ended up purchasing a 12 gauge Mossberg 500 with a rifled barrel and re put a Nikon 2X7 scope it. The whole set up cost me about $380 and has been a great gun and taken several deer now. About a month later my dad put down his 500 smooth bore that he had for about 15 years and bought the same set up I had with the exception of a bushnell scope. He has also been very pleased with it. For a slightly higher cost a Remingtion 870 is a better gun but kills deer just as well

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from dwrote1 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

That is a very loaded question. It really depends on what you are comfortable using and what your budget is. Last year I was loking for a new shotgun for deer hunting on a very limited budget. I ended up purchasing a 12 gauge Mossberg 500 with a rifled barrel and re put a Nikon 2X7 scope it. The whole set up cost me about $380 and has been a great gun and taken several deer now. About a month later my dad put down his 500 smooth bore that he had for about 15 years and bought the same set up I had with the exception of a bushnell scope. He has also been very pleased with it. For a slightly higher cost a Remingtion 870 is a better gun but kills deer just as well

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

dwrote1 has you looking exactly where I would. The mossberg 500 is a very inexpensive gun that gets the job done. I look at guns as an investment that lasts for years though so I would recommend the Remington 870. You will likely have a bit over $500 in it by the time you're pulling a trigger on a deer but you will be able to rely on that gun for a long long time. I'm not saying the Mossberg is gonna fall apart in a couple years but I'm a big fan of the 870.

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from hickory94 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

i use a remington 870 12 gauge slug gun with a multipower nikon slug scope
for slugs id go with hornady coppers.

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I use the Mossberg 535 with 1 oz. Remington Sluggers, Weaver scope, and get groups at 75 yards that I never would have believed a smoothbore could make. It's proven itself in the field too. The other thing I like about it is it's chambered for 3.5" mag, so I take off the scope, put in the extra full choke, and I'm set for the gobblers.

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from Live4Bowhunting wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I've got a Mossberg 500 with a 28" barrel for rabbit and goose hunting, a 24" barrel for turkey, and a slug barrel for deer and have taken more animals than I can remember. Not bad for a second hand gun I purchased 30 years ago for $125. I have seen where you can get the combo kit for around $350. I would not trade my 500 for anything.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

You'll never get total agreement on this question. I've heard a lot of good things about the Mossberg 500, but my vote goes to the 870. I don't think you can go wrong with either one.

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from sisu56 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I use a Stoeger 2000 (poor man's benelli) with a rifled barrel and 4X fixed Nikon scope. The big thing with these rifled barrels is you HAVE to use the Hornady 300 gr SST slugs (muzzle 2000 fps and only drops 2.7" at 100 yards). Kicks like a mule as it's very lightweight and easy to carry.

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from sh00ter762 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I know what everyone is going to say, but can you actually beat a Benelli for any occasion. I owned an M500 for years, have used the M500, Rem 870, and the Benelli M1 Super 90 (love then all), but the M1 is a workhorse that keeps on running and will digest just about anything (door knobs, hinges, 4-legged and 2-legged critters alike). I shot my first turkey 11 years ago with a choked tactical Super 90. The same weapon system will shoot 2MOA @ 100yds. And did I mention...it's a Benelli? And now days they even come in neat color patterns! Don't bag on me about the cost, cause your gonna have it for the rest of your life (unless your broke and make the same mistake we all have made at least once).

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from drbigdawg wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I bought a Ithaca Deerslayer Model 37 12 gauge when I was 16 (44 yrs. ago!) and have downed over 100 whitetails in Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. It has a 20 inch barrel with open sights and has been perfect for the bluff country. It has been a flawless performer in all of the weather this part of the country offers in the fall. It is a great gun for the best whitetail hunting area in the world!!

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from Bo wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

It's going to come down to personal preference, we all know that ours is the either the best or the worst, (but usually the best) What may work for me may not work for someone else. Whatever works for you is the best.

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from Ron588 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I am 63 now. When I was about 12 my dad bought me a
Mossberg 410 3" bolt action single shot shotgun. I carried it every time we went on vacation to my uncles. He lived out side of Paris Texas and raised cattle on several hundred acreas. All I had to do was point in the general direction and shoot. I killed more game with that 410 " including a beautiful Craine of some sort that I am sure I would have been locked up for " than all the 2 hundred or so guns I have owned since. Most I never shot. 1 shot from most any 12 gauge should be enough.

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from oldnavychief wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

in 1981 i move to virginia. having not deer hunted when I live in iowa and ill and really missed out. When I got to virginia my half brother invited me to join his hunt club. I ask him what gun I needed. His recommendation was a mossberg 500 pump regal. At that time $225.00. I have kiiled many deer with this gun and it also can be fitted to shot slugs since virginia is very wooded. Also I got a coke to shoot geese with and it worked very good. With the prices of guns no days its a bargin. Especially if u are a disable vet or disable person with little income. Good hunting this yr

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from captaineasy wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Comfort, fit, and confidence are needed in the shotgun that you use.
The shotgun can cost $200 or $1000 if you can hit your target at 50 yards is the important question. I like a pump because you can look directly down the barrel at the target. I have a model 1200 winchester with a smooth bore slug barrel it is topped off with a 4 power J model weaver scope. The scope is on a side mount base. When you aim this shotgun you are looking right down the barrel. I have shot so many practice rounds with it, I have removed the thinking process completly when I use it for deer hunting. If the shotgun, or any gun does not fit the hunter, and the shooter does not practice, the cost of the particular gun does not enter the total hunting experience.

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from moss535 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I AGREE FIT OF GUN & CONFIDENCE IN YOUR GUN ARE THE UPMOST FACTORS IN THE FIELD. PATTERN A SHOTGUN & KNOW WHERE YOUR SAFTY IS. WHEN THAT ONCE IN A LIFE TIME SHOT OCCURES , YOU WILL BE READY, & WITH CONFIDENCE.

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from Bdiab48 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

It depends what u are more comfortable with and what your budget is i just bought a mossberg maverick 88 with a 28" barell for 140 and it shoots fine i have no complaints but if u have a little more money to spend a mossberg 500 is good to its basicly the suped up version of the mossberg 88

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from Garrett Kane wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

Remington 870 12 gauge all i have to say is it has enough power

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from Bo wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I have a mossberg that I've had for more years than some of these readers have been alive. It works as good now as when it was new. Before i tore my shoulder up, I could shoot at birds and see three wads in the air as I shot. A friend who had a fancy Italian gun couldn't shoot his as fast or as accurately as mine.
If you get a Mossberg 500 in 12 gauge, you can order a muzzle loader barrel and have two guns in one. Make that three guns, if you count the rifled barrel and the smooth bore. It doesn't get any better than that.

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