I did a pattern comparison with a friend of mine a few months ago. The buffered Federal 00 was the best. For us, anyhow. If I remember, I was shooting 2 3/4s and getting an 8" pattern with the 9 pellet Federal @ 30 yards from a cylinder bore.
I wish you luck with your hunt and hope that you get a chance to come up north and hunt real whitetails. The kind you can't use shot on.
"No, it's not a silencer. This little doodad is my own invention. I call it a loudener." --Sledge Hammer