Bow Hunting Vs. Shotgun

Discussion in 'Bow Hunting Forum' started by waterfowlandy, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. Jeffer

    Jeffer Elite Refuge Member

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    Oh and best of luck to you. Please keep us up to date with how your season goes.
     
  2. WoodieSC

    WoodieSC North/South Carolina Flyway Forum Moderator Flyway Manager

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    I'd be glad to, except it's been so long since I shot any targets with one of my slug barrels that I'm sure I don't have any around. I will say the most accurate combination was a Browning BGH 3" fully rifled barrel with a cantilever scope mount, shooting 2 3/4" Hornady SST slugs, with Remington Copper Solid sabots and the 2 3/4" Lightfield sabots being close behind, with all being about 3" or less. The second choice is a cantilever scope mount barrel for the 870 12 gauge, a Remington extended rifled slug choke, and the SST's or the Copper Solids, but the groups are a bit larger.

    If you can shoot your bow more accurately than that at 100 yds... and the arrows still have the energy to kill a deer... nice going! Go for it. My bow doesn't have that kind of energy, nor do I practice enough to shoot small groups at longer distances, so I limit my shots to 35 yds or less. I've been told I could extend that, but since I've not done it I'm not confident in a one-shot kill so I don't do it.

    waterfowlandy, there's no need to get testy here. He was referring to 'jump shots' vs 'aimed', in an excited environment by a young hunter.

    Hey, Jeffer! I apologize for forgetting to get back to you. Will get to it!
     
  3. Archeryrob

    Archeryrob Elite Refuge Member

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    I've killed deer with arrows, shotgun slug, muzzloaders and rifles. Of all of them the 1oz 12 gauge slug was the worse IMO.

    Bow - Most deer still only go 40 yards with a good double lung shot.
    Muzzleloader - dropped a doe last year with a 177 grain round ball. It broke the front leg, punctured both lungs and broke a rib on the far side before stopping under the skin. The doe hobbled 20 yards and crashed.
    Rifle - 30-06 has some fall flat out over and some run, but a good chest shot and they don't go far
    Shotgun - It was too large and didn't even slow down to impart more energy with a pumpkin ball slug. Modern sabots fix a lot of all that.
     
  4. Adduckted

    Adduckted Elite Refuge Member

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    I exclusively bow hunt when it comes to big game, mainly because the area I have access to is in a neighborhood. The area is a funnel for deer between bedding and feeding areas and is about 5 acres, surrounded by homes, so firearms are a no no. I keep my hunting shots under 20 yards but practice out to 45 at least 3-5 times a week. With a 2" mechanical broadhead, I've never had one run further than 40 yds, always aiming for a double lung punch. They are down within 10 -15 seconds.
     

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