ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
When I grew up in New Jersey in the 50's and 60's, buckshot as the only legal round for deer. I shot my first few deer with it before I went off to school and the rest of my life in Wyoming and Illinois, so I never had to use it again (THANK GOD!)
So based on my experiences with it and that of my friends, I can honestly say that it can be a devestating killer, and also a cruel crippler of deer at the same time, and often at the same range, as it's (or at least was back then) the most inconsistant projectile one could use on deer. MANY deer that my friends and they families home butchered had buckshot pellets in them.
That said, I can definately see it's use in close cover situations with moving deer. But I would be VERY hesitant to shoot at anything much over 40 yards with it. Past 50 would be a definate no-no. That's not saying that you can't kill a deer with buckshot at those ranges and beyond. I've seen it done...this time. But what you don't see or know about are all the deer that are shot at at those ranges that don't drop, and are either carrying buckshot or they die later and unknown to you.
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