The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old November 29, 2010, 11:54 PM   #1
sonnylee77
Member
 
Join Date: November 29, 2010
Location: FLA
Posts: 17
New Hunter

I am a new hunter and need lots of help. Currently the only gun I have to hunt with is a short barrel 12 gauge. I am hunting in heavily wooded area with lots of under brush. Can anyone give some good advice on hitting deer and boar?
sonnylee77 is offline  
Old November 30, 2010, 08:18 AM   #2
EMN89
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 6, 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 126
What brand and type of shotgun are you using? What type of sights will you be using and what are the shot distances going to be?
EMN89 is offline  
Old November 30, 2010, 11:02 AM   #3
davlandrum
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 27, 2006
Location: Lane County Oregon
Posts: 2,547
umm - maybe try shooting a target first...
__________________
U.S Army, Retired

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. -Potter Stewart
davlandrum is offline  
Old November 30, 2010, 11:42 AM   #4
Art Eatman
Staff Lead
 
Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX, USA
Posts: 22,301
Gather up some cardboard boxes and test your sight picture. Learn how 00 Buck patterns, as well as where a slug hits.

With either load, the generally-preferred target area is the lower frontal area of the chest, for an animal seen from the side.

At your apparent level of experience, I strongly suggest that you not try to hit a running animal. Slow walking? Maybe take the shot.
__________________
You're from BATFE? Come right in! I use all your fine products!
Art Eatman is offline  
Old November 30, 2010, 12:11 PM   #5
sc outdoorsman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 23, 2009
Location: Western SC
Posts: 208
If we hunt tight places ,with a shot less than 50 yards, we use shotguns and 00 buckshot almost exclusively. A full choke is best but modified is ok. You need to pattern your gun at different distances to know it's limits. Some hold good patterns only out to 30 yards or some a little further. You limit your shots according to how your's shoots. You also still need to take your time and site your gun on target. I usually aim at the spine where the neck and shoulder meet, the bucksot will drop and spread so this gives you all of the neck back to the end rib cage to hit and allows for some drop.

Be sure to keep your gun on the animal for a follow up shot if needed.

Last edited by sc outdoorsman; November 30, 2010 at 12:18 PM.
sc outdoorsman is offline  
Old November 30, 2010, 04:47 PM   #6
Legionnaire
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 25, 2000
Location: Western PA
Posts: 1,467
Practice. Where I live, it would be Foster-type slugs through a short barreled 12 gauge rather than buckshot. My father-in-law borrowed my 18" Mossberg 500 for a hog hunt down south, and to practice we cut some sheets of cardboard sized to fit inside an old car tire. Out at a friend's farm, we took turns shooting at the tire rolling down a hillside. Worked well, as the tire tended to pick up some bounce along the way. Worked with slugs and buckshot. Just taped the cardboard up and went again.
__________________
Cogito, ergo armatus sum.
Legionnaire is offline  
Old December 1, 2010, 07:37 PM   #7
sonnylee77
Member
 
Join Date: November 29, 2010
Location: FLA
Posts: 17
I'm hunting with a New England Pardener SB1. There's no choke with iron sights.
I've practiced a lot with it. I'm just not sure of what type of distance I can get out of a 1 oz slug that is 1600fps.
__________________
Just my opinion
One shot--one kill
sonnylee77 is offline  
Old December 1, 2010, 08:01 PM   #8
Brian Pfleuger
Staff
 
Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Central, Southern NY, USA
Posts: 18,292
Shotguns with smooth barrels and open sights are going to be limited to an ABSOLUTE max distance of 100 yards in the hands of most shooters. Frankly, that's probably in the hands of a skilled shooter with a better than average gun.


Bottom line, no matter what the gun, never shoot an animal at any distance that you have not shot paper, and have shot paper consistently with good accuracy.
__________________
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
---
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
-The Architect
---
You do not HAVE a soul. You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.
-----
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Brian Pfleuger is offline  
Old December 1, 2010, 08:12 PM   #9
hogdogs
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 31, 2007
Location: Western Florida panhandle
Posts: 11,071
What section of fla are you in?

Me, with my 18.5 inch 20 gauge, I will gladly go for a 60 yard slug shot. 80 if we are running out of meat and I would really question trying for a hundred yard shot.

Buck shot, under 40 yards with 00 out of a 12 gauge...

Brent
hogdogs is offline  
Old December 1, 2010, 09:37 PM   #10
sonnylee77
Member
 
Join Date: November 29, 2010
Location: FLA
Posts: 17
I am in North West Fla. I'll be hunting in the Blackwater area. Heavily wooded with lots of under brush. Not to much room for any shots longer than 50 to 60 yards. I am using a smooth barrel.
__________________
Just my opinion
One shot--one kill
sonnylee77 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08669 seconds with 7 queries