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Old March 8, 2013, 06:46 PM   #11
Lee Lapin
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Join Date: September 7, 2004
Location: SE NC
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In a hunter education class in the late 1970s, I was told that #1 buck was the ideal load for the 12 gauge as far as buckshot-required deer hunting was concerned.

I've tried #1 buck in any number of shotguns since then. I have yet to find a barrel/choke that will give me a decent pattern with #1 buck. I'm told they're out there, but I have yet to run across one.

Meanwhile patterns with 00 buck over the years have gone from acceptable to incredible. There's still some Remington #1 buck loads in the MISC BUCK ammo can just in case, left over from buying out an end-of-season supply at a big box sporting goods store several years ago, and I'm still looking...
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