new to the forum and have been meaning to get out deer hunting for the last few years but just haven't been able to. I'm in Ohio and as a result am not able to use a rifle. My question is this. Would I be better off using a Remington 870 with a smooth bore IC 30" barrel or my 357 6" barrel and a 158gr jhp? I don't plan on anything more than 50 to 75 yard shots and it doesn't need to be a big buck either. The wife and kids have no desire to see a new hat rack in the house.
Go with the 870. Try Rem 12 GA Sluggers. You should be able to keep them on a pie plate at 50 yards. If you need help with sights, you can try something like this for starters:
Truglo® Slug Series Shotgun Sights [/url]
Most deer taken guys on this forum are taken within 60 yards. Deer hunting is a remarkably short-range sport. A slug gun at that distance works great. I'm from Ohio and hunted there for may years.