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Old September 15, 2005, 06:18 PM   #1
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Whitetail hunting with 10ga

I wanted to try shotgun this year for whitetail. I wanted to know if anybody uses 10ga? I've been looking at the Browning BPS 10ga Stalker 28" barrel. How does the recoil compare to 12ga? I know that ammo selection is limited. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
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Old September 15, 2005, 06:30 PM   #2
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Well, it should work
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Old September 16, 2005, 10:19 AM   #3
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It'll kill a deer just fine. So will a 12 or 20 gauge. With the 10ga you'll have more recoil, more expensive shell, more expensive gun, most likely a less flat tragectory with slugs, and more weight to pack around. The real niche of the 10ga is waterfowl hunting particularly geese. The reason is that it can throw a pattern up higher than a smaller gauge. It has, however been largely superceded for that purpose by 3 1/2" 12ga shell. Ithaca also made a semi auto 10ga for police called the Roadblocker. The sole purpose was to disable automobiles. I think there are few things as romantic as a 10ga SXS double but for practical purposes (especially deer hunting) I don't think it's the best choice.
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Old September 16, 2005, 10:32 AM   #4
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A 10 gauge is more than enough gun. I would borrow one, and fire a magnum hunting load in it, before buying one. I have shot a friend's with a turkey load in it, way too much recoil for me.
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Old September 16, 2005, 12:14 PM   #5
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That is good advice - go shoot one and see if it what you want.
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Old September 16, 2005, 05:29 PM   #6
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you may care to take note that among shotguns, the speed is very similiar, it is the weight of the projectiles that increases. And the bruising to go with it.
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Old September 29, 2005, 08:20 PM   #7
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Choose a 12 gauge with a rifled barrel. Also, to clarify, the 10 gauge shoots more pellets than a smaller guage, thus a more dense or bigger pattern, depending on the chokes. However, the #2 steel from a 410 has the same power as the #2 from a 10 gauge, per pellet, the 10 gauge just has more pellets.
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Old September 29, 2005, 08:28 PM   #8
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I use an AUTO-10 every year here in Va. my area is shotgun only/buck shot only. Mine weigh's in about 9lbs, recoil isn't that bad, and patterns very well with either 000 or 00

YOu can find the same loadings in the 12ga 3 1/2", and the guns will for the most part wiegh the same. More than likely a little easier to find also.
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Old September 30, 2005, 12:45 PM   #9
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Buy a Savage 12ga

Dude,

This is the Savage Slug Warriot I have, but in camo:

http://www.savagearms.com/210fcamo.htm

I love it. Talk about accurate, and at a great price, too. DEFINITELY use the new Hastings Laser Accurate slugs, I can't begin to tell you how acccurate they are - each box of 5 destroyed a Sight N See target's center at 50 yards

Recoil is NO JOKE, tho, in this 12ga, holy sh*t, so I don't recommend you use a 10 ga, which will be even worse...
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Old September 30, 2005, 01:59 PM   #10
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Slug technology had come along very well in recent years. .12ga slugs are reaching 1400 fps and are flat out to 100yds. I think a 12 ga slugger would do just fine. I've shot a 10ga....it ain't fun for long.
Good Luck, Happy Hunting!
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Old October 2, 2005, 07:28 PM   #11
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Well, I thank everyone for their advice. I bought a 12ga Benelli Nova Slug gun this weekend. I also got some Federal Hydrashock sabot slugs. It performed well at 75yds with the sights. Everybody have a safe and enjoyable hunting season.
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