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what is the best Buck shot, #4 or 00.

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    what is the best Buck shot, #4 or 00.

  • #2
    I have never shot a deer with buckshot but my wife dropped a buck in its tracks with one round of No.1 buckshot from my old Browning A-5 with IC. Those 30 cal balls got the job done at least once.

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    • #3
      You’re not providing enough info for me to tell you what’s best, first of all which one patters best, the distance and what you’re shooting?

      I use #4 for all the above in my area

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      • #4
        Clay is right you should pattern the gun with different sizes shot and shoot the one that patterns best. My first 8 or 10 deer was shot with No 1 or single 0 buckshot in Florida and Georgia. My Dad always considered no 4 buckshot too small for deer.

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        • #5
          NO. 4 but try number 2's they have the best of both

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          • #6
            If you are shooting coyotes 3 inch or 3.5 inch #4 buck is exellant,for shooting deer shoot slugs if you can get a rifled slug barrel they are more accurate.

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            • #7
              I have seen a deers rear end blowed all to pieces with 00 buck. I have heard of deer shot with all sorts of cals though. Just pattern the gun at different ranges and see witch shoots and patterns best.

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              • #8
                We shoot 00 and 000 in my area of VA, hunting with dogs. No. 4 seems tiny to me. But like others have said you need to pattern different sizes and different brands in your gun. I shoot Remington 00 with a custom made choke for a Browning Silver Hunter. When you can put all 15 00's in a paper plate at 50 yards deer can't take much of that.

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                • #9
                  Like said not enough info. There are four other sizes between No. 4's and 00. 4,3,2,1,0,00,000 No.4's almost seem un-ethical for deer unless their at point-blank range.

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                  • #10
                    00

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                    • #11
                      00 will put the Brakes on at any practical shotgun range 50-75 yards, smaller shot require closer ranges because the bleed velocity (energy) much faster than the larger shot.

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                      • #12
                        #4

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                        • #13
                          First of all, let it be known that buckshot is a short range load. By short, I mean 40 yards or less. I once shot a deer at about 25 yards with a load of 00 buck, and it was dead before it hit the ground. I was using a 2 3/4" non-magnum Federal 9 pellet load with the premium copper-plated pellets out of an 870 Remington with a modified choke tube. 5 of the 9 pellets hit right behind the shoulder in a pattern about the size of my hand. Of those 5, 3 went completely through the deer, and the other two penetrated both lungs and lodged against the hide on the far side. I attribute this performance to copper plating and 1325 fps velocity. The range helped too. I believe buckshot,in the larger sizes,is very effective, but use hard shot and avoid the bloated 3 inch mags that lack the velocity for good penetration, except at the closest ranges.

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                          • #14
                            Agreed with CPT BRAD answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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                            • #15
                              I use #4 for me.

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