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Old 04-25-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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I'm going deer hunting this year

This is the first time I've ever gone deer hunting. I now live in the country and to get a few deers would fill my fridge for awhile. So I figure, so be it. I need a shotgun to hunt in Ohio, any suggestions?

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This will scare them to death without even shooting.
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This will scare them to death without even shooting.

I'ld like to shoot them first.
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my single shot H&R 20 guage works good for me

if your not experienced though, pump action is the way to go
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Are you going to hunt anything else
with it?
I take it you have no experience with guns
Do you think you might build a small collection
or do you want a do it all set up?
I could go on ....
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pump is definately more reliable than semi auto, and a quality pump is alot more affordable than a quality semi auto.
i would go with a remington 870, 12 guage, 3.5.
If you want to go with an auto, berretta and bennelli are hands down the best semi auto shotguns made, I'm partial to the berrettas (just because I have 2).
Supply some more info and maybe we can help ya out a little more.
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I would suggest going with a pump combo like this one from Remington.
Remington Model 870™ Express® Combos

Mossberg also has a good combo, the 835, which is what I have. I prefer the Mossberg safety setup to the Remington, but they are both good guns without breaking the bank. The advantage of the combo is that for a little more money you will also have a 26" or 28" vent rib barrel in case you want to try your hand at some clay birds - tons of fun! - or even duck hunting. I have the 835 with the 20" cantalever barrel with a scope and also a 20" rifle sight barrel. I can hunt deer with either, but I am getting to be partial to the rifle sight. Scopes are nice until you accidently drop the shotgun and screw up the alignment and ruin your hunt. Ask me how I know. (I also have the 28" vent rib for clays and an 18" smooth bore for home defense. Four guns in one!)

Remember - in Ohio it is only legal to have a maximum of three rounds in the gun while hunting deer. A stick made for the purpose in the mag tube will legally limit your rounds to three. I hunt in Morgan County - where are you planning to hunt?

Have fun and good luck filling the freezer!
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When it absolutely positively has to be killed really really dead, Saiga 12, accept no substitutskies.


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I was looking at a remington 870 myself. Probably gonna start off duck hunting though.

I just picked up a Glock32 and will be getting my CPL this summer.
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Deer Burger! And not much else!
It'd probably leave more usable meat than the two I got with the semi a few weeks ago

My computer guy has one of the saigas with a drum mag, it's a kick to shoot clay pigeons with
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Are you going to hunt anything else
with it?
I take it you have no experience with guns
Do you think you might build a small collection
or do you want a do it all set up?
I could go on ....

I'm not sure what else I may hunt. I have seen turkeys in my backyard.

The only other gun I've owned was a Feather 22. I loved the gun, but had to sell it years ago. I've been thinking about getting another though.

I would like a basic shotgun that would do the trick, but that I could modify as needed.

Please go on.
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I would suggest going with a pump combo like this one from Remington.
Remington Model 870™ Express® Combos

Mossberg also has a good combo, the 835, which is what I have. I prefer the Mossberg safety setup to the Remington, but they are both good guns without breaking the bank. The advantage of the combo is that for a little more money you will also have a 26" or 28" vent rib barrel in case you want to try your hand at some clay birds - tons of fun! - or even duck hunting. I have the 835 with the 20" cantalever barrel with a scope and also a 20" rifle sight barrel. I can hunt deer with either, but I am getting to be partial to the rifle sight. Scopes are nice until you accidently drop the shotgun and screw up the alignment and ruin your hunt. Ask me how I know. (I also have the 28" vent rib for clays and an 18" smooth bore for home defense. Four guns in one!)

Remember - in Ohio it is only legal to have a maximum of three rounds in the gun while hunting deer. A stick made for the purpose in the mag tube will legally limit your rounds to three. I hunt in Morgan County - where are you planning to hunt?

Have fun and good luck filling the freezer!
I'll be hunting in Jefferson County.

I know there are different guages and I've seen a few mentioned here. Does it matter?

Also thanks for the link.
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This is the first time I've ever gone deer hunting. I now live in the country and to get a few deers would fill my fridge for awhile. So I figure, so be it. I need a shotgun to hunt in Ohio, any suggestions?
First off...Hiya dead guy

I always use a 300 win mag sighted at 400 yards. When I HAVE to use a shotgun, I use my trusty Mossberg 500 with a slug barrel. Its not fancy but it gets the job done.

P.S. shooting them is the easy part. Wait till you have to gut em'. I dare ya to cut open the stomach and the scent glands.
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Can't go wrong with a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 with a Knoxx Stock (does an incredible job reducing recoil so you can practice more before you go try and shoot something). There a few chinese clones that are exact replicas of the 870 that aren't half bad, but I would spring for a real 870 or 500 if you can.

Can't go wrong with a Saiga either, although I don't know how well it would do hunting. It's certainly reliable enough with good mags, its based off of an AKm receiver (ak variant), but you can't replace the barrels like you can with an 870/500 for more accurate slug shooting or adjusting the scatter of your buckshot loads.
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:18 PM   #17
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P.S. shooting them is the easy part. Wait till you have to gut em'. I dare ya to cut open the stomach and the scent glands.
Need I remind you that I've cut up people. To smell a body that's been dead for weeks in the summer...you turn the greenish-blue corpse over and half of the skin sticks to the floor..just wonderful.
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To smell a body that's been dead for weeks in the summer...you turn the greenish-blue corpse over and half of the skin sticks to the floor..just wonderful.
I think I just vomited in my mouth a little, and I have cleaned a few people off the front of trains.
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I know there are different guages and I've seen a few mentioned here. Does it matter?
Use 12 gauge slugs for deer in Ohio. Aim for the lungs. The deer may drop where it stands or run for a hundred yards before dying, but a solid lung shot with a 12 g slug will do the job.
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You honestly can't go wrong with either the Mossberg or Remington pumps. Remington fit and finish is slightly better. I like the tang safety on the mossberg a little better. Both put deer in the freezer.

12g or 20g makes no difference. A vast majority of your shots are going to be limited by the accuracy of a shotgun rather than the projectile energy. I like the 20g myself. You stand to get more practice in before developing the dreaded flinch.

My preferred set-up is a Mossberg 500 20g with saddle scope mount, 3x9 40mm objective scope, smooth-bore slug barrel, and regular slugs. Alternative set up is a 870 with rifled slug barrel in 12g. Rifled slug barrel and sabot slugs will often give you slightly better groups, but cost more to set up and shoot.

Regardless of what you choose for a rig, don't underestimate how important practice is...

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i love my beneli, the mossberg 500 is cheap and reliable, with tons of stuff available for it. i could go on and on about this.... remmington 1187 is a sweet gun
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sounds like the 870 fits the bill, I have 3 of em, and they are the most reliable guns I own.
The 1187 is a nice gun, and is a lot better than the old model 1100 jamamatics.
Most states do require a plug for hunting certain animals, as far as 12 vs 20 gauge, a 20 with the correct choke will hold a tighter pattern than a 12. I would suggest if you are looking to buy one versatile gun, go with a 12 guage, because if you decide to bird hunt, you will definatly be better off with a 12.
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Thanks for the head up AD...Let me know when you're in the woods so I can stay out.
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Question. Why would you try to make a deer hunting gun dual purpose? Its seems as though the set up would be drastically different in size, weight, scope/sites........ I would want a gun set up for that specific purpose. It would always be ready for the type of hunt you are going on. You have a shotgun for small upland game, another for duck, goose and turkey, another for deer.
I've never hunted deer with a shotgun though, just rifle and bow.
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AD, I just got an 870 express a few months ago, it's a nice, simple, inexpensive pump shotgun. Those binellis are sweet, but it's like comparing a stock Jeep TJ to Scouts or to Cliffords old Dookey!

Let me know if you'd like some additional rookie company, I've never been either, I keep saying I'd like to someday!
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Disclaimer, I'm not a shotgun person.
Just run down to Wally World or your local pawn shop and get a 12 gauge single shot top break for about 100 bones and practice. If you decide you don't like it you aren't out much money and you could always resell it for about what you paid.
The few times I've been bird hunting that's all I used and had good results.
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If you want to try it to see if you like it then just borrow a shotgun from a buddy. Nobody has just one shotgun. You can only shoot one at a time.
Even if you aren't a hunter a shotgun is great for greeting unwelcome guests.

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