KY should really be shotgun only!!!!

invasion36

10 pointer
Aug 29, 2013
1,149
Kenton Co
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 also used to be a buckeye and feel the total opposite of what you said. Yes shooting a slug gun sucks while sighting in, but when you get a deer within 50 yds of you that all goes out the window. Once my adrenaline starts going I never felt any of those shots. I remember not being able to sleep the night before gun opener in Ohio. To me our gun season just isn’t that exciting. I know this post will upset a few but that’s just my opinion. That’s why I prefer my compound over a crossbow. I’ve hunted with both but get more excited with my compound because of the challenge. Having said all this I do enjoy gun season just not as much as I use too. I will still use my slug gun especially the last weekend of gun and go sit in some thick stuff if I have not tagged out by then.
 

KYBOY

12 pointer
Apr 21, 2005
8,631
Floyd,co..Kentucky
Ill add that shooting a shotgun, especially a "regular" shotgun with several kinds of slugs and finding your point of impact is extremely important. Most times a shotgun will not shoot slugs to point of aim. Many guns will shoot regular foster slugs better than you'd think but that group might be a foot low or a foot high six inches to the left or right.
Im sure most of you guys already know this but more than one hunter has been undone because he thought his gun would shoot point of impact just like it shoots shot shells.
 

1wildcatfan

12 pointer
Jan 2, 2009
14,658
raised n Bullitt Co.
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?
200 is pushing it. I'd limit a shotgun to 150 and be confident. I had a 870 12 ga with rifled barrel that would have three Rem Buckhammer holes touching at 100. Been discontinued for several yrs. The high velocity sabot slugs would always be 3-4" group.
IMO, the only advantage of a shotgun over a muzzleloader is having multiple shots.
 

Carl

12 pointer
Dec 1, 2003
6,667
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.
Disregard this question. I must have had a brain fart when I ask this.
 

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shaman

10 pointer
One of the nicest things about KY as it stands is that it really doesn't care about what you use to take a deer. 30-06 is fine. 12 Ga slug is dandy. So is .223 and 30-30 and 7.62X39 and . . .

Some of y'all like shotguns and slugs, but why try to impose that on everyone else?

Personally, I prefer a state that leaves that choice up to the individual hunter.
 

littlebear

12 pointer
Aug 21, 2007
5,030
the woods
If a person wants shotgun only season, well you got that. Leave the rifle at home and take a shotgun only during rifle season. Pretty simple fix for a shotgun lover. That’s what’s nice about Ky gun season,You have pistol, muzzleloader, recurve, compound, xbow, shotgun and rifle to chose from. All legal during gun season.
 

Teach Deer

8 pointer
Aug 4, 2013
606
Georgetown
Not sure this would accomplish very much... Would be interested in hearing the reasoning?

The evolution for shotguns would be pretty quick...all of those who have seriously hunted at Fort Knox already have setups that will easily reach to 200 yards (further than most of my rifle areas usually allow for anyway)...

The Savage 200 series bolt action slug guns, the H&R Slug Guns and even pump and semi-auto shotguns with rifled barrels can reach out there pretty good with quality ammunition...

My current shotgun rig for deer hunting is a Remington 1100 12 gauge semi-auto with 22" fully rifled barrel with iron sights...I have a weaver rail mounted to the receiver (using #10 dangerous game bolts with a fair amount of loc-tite) and a Nikon 3-9x40 BDC scope mounted with QR double rings...loaded with Hornady 300 grain SST slugs, it prints 1 1/2" groups at 100 yards and I have killed deer at Knox at 200+ yards with the setup...

I am also interested in setting up a 20 gauge rig based on either an H&R or CVA Compact Youth Slug Gun with a short (12" LOP for those thick hunting coats) and an 18 1/2" barrel with target crown...figure the entire rig would be less than 36" long...mount another Nikon BDC shotgun scope (or a suitable alternative) and run the Hornady SSTs or the Winchester or Remington Slugs and one would have a compact little deer slayer easily good out to 150 yards or so (still further than most areas I hunt allow for)...
 

1wildcatfan

12 pointer
Jan 2, 2009
14,658
raised n Bullitt Co.
Not sure this would accomplish very much... Would be interested in hearing the reasoning?

The evolution for shotguns would be pretty quick...all of those who have seriously hunted at Fort Knox already have setups that will easily reach to 200 yards (further than most of my rifle areas usually allow for anyway)...

The Savage 200 series bolt action slug guns, the H&R Slug Guns and even pump and semi-auto shotguns with rifled barrels can reach out there pretty good with quality ammunition...

My current shotgun rig for deer hunting is a Remington 1100 12 gauge semi-auto with 22" fully rifled barrel with iron sights...I have a weaver rail mounted to the receiver (using #10 dangerous game bolts with a fair amount of loc-tite) and a Nikon 3-9x40 BDC scope mounted with QR double rings...loaded with Hornady 300 grain SST slugs, it prints 1 1/2" groups at 100 yards and I have killed deer at Knox at 200+ yards with the setup...

I am also interested in setting up a 20 gauge rig based on either an H&R or CVA Compact Youth Slug Gun with a short (12" LOP for those thick hunting coats) and an 18 1/2" barrel with target crown...figure the entire rig would be less than 36" long...mount another Nikon BDC shotgun scope (or a suitable alternative) and run the Hornady SSTs or the Winchester or Remington Slugs and one would have a compact little deer slayer easily good out to 150 yards or so (still further than most areas I hunt allow for)...
Target crown on a thin walled barrel? How much ft/lbs energy at 200+? What distance do you sight it in and how much drop at 200-200+?
 


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