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    Posted: 11 December 2021 at 11:18
As per another post, where I live has just changed from a'shotgun only' to a  allowed rifle with straight walled cases.

So I have a single shot 20 ga that I use with slugs, and that works.
But now I also have 44 magnum, 357, 41 mag and 375 firearms that are now legal.

Any value in changing?????
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 A slug out of a 20 gauge is hard to top for power, only a 12 gauge maybe.
I have shot deer with my 870 and 1 oz slugs at 120 yards and that's with just a bird bead on the front.

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Got a 2x scope on the 20 ga.  All of the deer I've killed with it have been under 60 yards, more that enough power.

But never had a shotgun that was as accurate as a rifle.  My 375 pistol has taken 5 or so deer out to 140+ yds

Remember I hunt places where is can be near impossible to find a deer that runs off 125 yard and dies.  just thick tree/brush cover.
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The boy shot an antelope once with his 12 and a slug well over a hundred yards. Hunting antelope spot and stock with a slug is very challenging.
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I do double lung shots on deer with my 20ga.  full penetration, lots of blood in the now, they go 50 yards, die in stride.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MapleHill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2021 at 17:44
There is no situation where I would ever choose a shotgun slug over a centerfire rifle...ever! Retained downrange energy and accuracy, even from a 44mag, is far better than a shotgun. Shotguns are for birds and you will never convince me otherwise. 444, 450, 45-70 even the new 350 legend are all excellent choices with lots of energy. You can push a 240-350gr slug pretty hard in a Marlin rifle! Now, I know law enforcement uses shotguns, lots of family members in LE and even a few federal agents, buckshot is used mostly but the speed of a follow up shot in a pump shotgun is hard to match and at household/shoot out ranges a 12ga is a formidably weapon. But, one story a good friend of mine told me (career FBI agent) shot a guy in the chest with 12ga 00buck, it was winter time and the bad guy had heavy clothes/coat on. The lead buckshot balled up in the guys coat and did not break the skin. Knock him down, yes, detain him, yes, but did not draw blood. Try that with a 44mag? At 30yds? dead bad guy. I understand buckshot is different than a slug, but still a solid chunk of lead...no thanks, I'll take my 450 Marlin ANYDAY OF THE WEEK!!
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I have seen a lot more wounded deer the last few years with the advent of the .300 Blackout. Slugs have a purpose and a range. Problems start when you try to exceed their effective range.
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Big variation in available loads for the 300BLK, many just not good for hunting deer.  well below 30-30.  It is a minimal cartridge and it is usually in a MSR.  MSR and autoloading rifles geneally do not promote accuracy shooting by hunters on game.  So no surprise that you see more injured deer.
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