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  1. That is a Remington 870, mentioned above. The super magnum is a real handful. The 12 gauge is no slouch, without the magnum. Fortunately, you don't have to put 3 1/2' shells in it. You can use magnum (3") or standard (2 3/4") ammo. Then work your way up to your comfort level.They will put a lot more lead downrange, but remove half your shoulder in the process. You would want to make sure that a rifled slug barrel is not banned, cause that would essentially make your shotgun into a rifle. Guys, please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Good luck and happy hunting. (I've been skunked so far this year)
    Keith

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    Would something like this work?


    Pump Action Shotgun - Model 870 Express Super Mag Combo - Remington Shotguns


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    I just realized you live in OH... if you are hunting in OH, you may NOT use a rifle to hunt. You must use a shotgun. Where will you be hunting?

    If you are dead set on a rifle though, the calibers starting at .243 up to .338 would do you well. I personally have a .30-06 that I use deer hunting in PA. It does me just fine. Certain people don't like this rifle because it is a bit heavier than some of the smaller calibers. Some think the .243 is a bit on the light end, but a nice compromise would be a .270 Win.
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    Sorry, just read that you already realized that you need a shotgun. Mossberg 500 in 12 ga, but make sure you get both a smooth and rifled barrel. Smooth is for shot, the rifled is for slug. Here's a link of the Mossberg lineup of pump action shotguns: Mossberg & Sons | Pump Action
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    I bought a Remington 870 Express with a 28" barrel.

    Here is the barrel I should buy for deer hunting from Remington's website:


    24611Express® Deer Barrel Fully Rifled w/ Rifle Sights 12 20" RS Fully Rifled


    But I also see this:

    24622 Express Deer Barrel w/ Rifle Sights 12 20" RS Imp. Cyl.

    I think either will work but not exactly sure the difference.

    Folks, thanks for responding.



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    Quote Originally Posted by txhkman View Post
    I bought a Remington 870 Express with a 28" barrel.

    Here is the barrel I should buy for deer hunting from Remington's website:


    24611Express® Deer Barrel Fully Rifled w/ Rifle Sights 12 20" RS Fully Rifled


    But I also see this:

    24622 Express Deer Barrel w/ Rifle Sights 12 20" RS Imp. Cyl.

    I think either will work but not exactly sure the difference.

    Folks, thanks for responding.



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    One barrel is rifled, the other isn't. The one that isn't rifled has an improved cylinder choke at the end of the bore, meaning it compresses the shot before it exits the barrel to delay the shot scatter... allowing you to make longer shots. Cylinder bore means the barrel stays the same all the way through, improved cylinder reduces that diameter slightly... it is still considered safe to shoot buck shot but I would caution against slugs (unless Remington says otherwise). Next would be Modified, improved modified and finally full choke... each closes the diameter further than the previous. Modified through full are for field loads such as #6-12, for use on everything from rabbits to birds.
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    I would get the rifled barrel because accuracy is much better for deer. Hornady makes a great slug for rifled barrels. Here is a link. Hornady Manufacturing Company :: Ammunition :: Shotgun :: SST® Slugs There are other slugs that work well. Try different slugs for the barrel that you get to see what works best for your gun.

  8. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    EDIT: Just noticed your shotgun requirement. Kinda odd you cant use a rifle. I loved my old Remington pump.
    Yeah, it's apparently the same way in Massachusetts. Doesn't make much sense to me, but a lot of these minimum caliber laws (I think Indiana requires a bullet diameter of .357 or greater) and restrictions based on weapon type were written/proposed by folks who don't really have an understanding of hunting, never mind the finner points of ballistics.

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    Folks,

    I ordered the fully rifled barrel with rifle sights.

    I really appreciate all the help and info. You all are great!


    Keith


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  10. I like the remington 870 ,you have many options in stocks and barrels(rifled or smooth bore) and they are reasonably priced.If recoil is a problem, try a semiauto . I like the remington 1100 also has many stock options.Rifled shotguns can kill out to two hundred yards with a good scope and lots of practice.I like a fixed 4 power, its all you need and much less expencive than a veriable power scope.

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