KY should really be shotgun only!!!!

DocPain

6 pointer
Aug 23, 2021
202
Hardinsburg Kentucky
I’ve ran the gauntlet killing deer with different weapons. I handgun hunted for a little over 10 years, then I used a muzzle loader for the next 10 and have been using a slug gun for the last 10-12. I had great success with all of them. In my experience nothing puts them down quicker than a Hornady SST slug. That being said, it hurts me shooting it almost as bad as the deer. I’m starting to consider a low recoil rifle chambered in something like .243 or 350 legend. I think I could even shoot a 30-06 now and only get about half the recoil of a slug gun.
As far as accuracy is concerned, a fully rifled slug gun is extremely accurate. I’ve killed several at 150 yards +\- with no hold over on the crosshairs whatsoever.
 

KYBOY

12 pointer
Apr 21, 2005
8,684
Floyd,co..Kentucky
Ive been casting and loading these the last few years.. Its a 525gr slug with a wide meplate. Its taken some tinkering but Ive worked up a load for my 1100 that I can get into just over 2" at 57 yards with open sights and a load for my mossberg(cantilever barrel/scope) that goes into about 2 1/2" at 85-90 yards.. Its fun to mess with and sure as heck cheaper to shoot. That and I can load up or down as I want.
I also put a limbsaver recoil pad on both my slug giuns, mostly for shooting off the bench. They help..
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bigbonner

12 pointer
Aug 5, 2015
4,799
Ive been casting and loading these the last few years.. Its a 525gr slug with a wide meplate. Its taken some tinkering but Ive worked up a load for my 1100 that I can get into just over 2" at 57 yards with open sights and a load for my mossberg(cantilever barrel/scope) that goes into about 2 1/2" at 85-90 yards.. Its fun to mess with and sure as heck cheaper to shoot. That and I can load up or down as I want.
I also put a limbsaver recoil pad on both my slug giuns, mostly for shooting off the bench. They help..
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I remember people taking slugs and taking a pocketknife and cut a X across the top of it thinking it would split in four pieces on impact. Is there any truth to that?
 

Little FR

12 pointer
Nov 10, 2021
4,693
West Kentucky
Ive been casting and loading these the last few years.. Its a 525gr slug with a wide meplate. Its taken some tinkering but Ive worked up a load for my 1100 that I can get into just over 2" at 57 yards with open sights and a load for my mossberg(cantilever barrel/scope) that goes into about 2 1/2" at 85-90 yards.. Its fun to mess with and sure as heck cheaper to shoot. That and I can load up or down as I want.
I also put a limbsaver recoil pad on both my slug giuns, mostly for shooting off the bench. They help..
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I cast the 7/8oz Lee Keydrive slugs. Use a 20ga Nitro card so the wads don’t stick in them. They shoot fantastic at 50 but something happens between 60 and 100 yards to about 1 in 5 out of my smoothbores.
 

shaman

10 pointer
I really don't see why anyone would want to limit themselves to a dang shotgun and slugs. I was a Ohio-only, shotgun-only deer hunter for years before coming across the river. Slugs buy you nothing but a sore shoulder.

They don't even cut down on hunter morbidity. The old saw about slugs, because of their rainbow trajectories don't carry all that far belie the fact that a center fire rifle round tends to disintegrate on impact, whereas the old punkin ball is far more likely to ricochet intact and keep going.

I'm sorry. Take it from an old Buckeye: somebody needs to staunch this idea in a hurry.
 

Little FR

12 pointer
Nov 10, 2021
4,693
West Kentucky
I really don't see why anyone would want to limit themselves to a dang shotgun and slugs. I was a Ohio-only, shotgun-only deer hunter for years before coming across the river. Slugs buy you nothing but a sore shoulder.

They don't even cut down on hunter morbidity. The old saw about slugs, because of their rainbow trajectories don't carry all that far belie the fact that a center fire rifle round tends to disintegrate on impact, whereas the old punkin ball is far more likely to ricochet intact and keep going.

I'm sorry. Take it from an old Buckeye: somebody needs to staunch this idea in a hurry.
I killed a deer with a slug the other day. Full pass through and could hear it ricochet off the frozen ground. Sounded like a dang mortar shell whistling and cracking branches. I said a prayer there were no hunters beyond that hill, there wasn’t supposed to be anyone in the area or I wouldn’t have taken the shot to start with.

Soft lead is going where it wants, usually a center fire cartridge buries in the dirt or like you said, breaks up.

Done carrying shotgun for a good while.
 

xbokilla

12 pointer
Jun 28, 2012
15,117
I'm totally ignorant on a lot of things, but I'm really ignorant on shotguns/slugs. How accurate are they, and what is the effective killing range for a "normal" shotgun/slug combination?
My brother killed an 8 with a 12 gauge slug a few years ago and it dropped. I mostly use my ML where I hunt. I prefer it to a rifle in my situation.
 

hunt

10 pointer
Sep 29, 2015
1,042
The Berg
I really don't see why anyone would want to limit themselves to a dang shotgun and slugs. I was a Ohio-only, shotgun-only deer hunter for years before coming across the river. Slugs buy you nothing but a sore shoulder.

They don't even cut down on hunter morbidity. The old saw about slugs, because of their rainbow trajectories don't carry all that far belie the fact that a center fire rifle round tends to disintegrate on impact, whereas the old punkin ball is far more likely to ricochet intact and keep going.

I'm sorry. Take it from an old Buckeye: somebody needs to staunch this idea in a hurry.
Slugs......the only thing I've hunted with for 20+ years other than arrows, no complaints.
 

Carl

12 pointer
Dec 1, 2003
6,748
Western Kentucky
Could I shoot 00 buck through a tight turkey choke? All I have are the turkey choke and a cylinder bore. It is a Remington riot gun.
 

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