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Slugs Or Buckshot For Bear Or Hog?


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#1 old fart

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:16 AM

i just bought a pardner protector, and will be using it for home defense as well as a camping (hiking) gun. what would be the best for it in case i run up on a bear that decides to take me out? i'm gonna load buck shot for the home but don't know which would be best for bear. i live in kentucky and coyoties will be my major threat but those black bears sightings are starting to happen more often as well as wild hogs, so i waNT TO BE PREPARED. thanks

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#2 Leo

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:50 PM

My two cents. For what it's worth.

Buckshot is quite lethal but it does not have as much stopping power as a slug. Sure if you hit something in the head with buckshot, it's going down, right there, but on a center of mass shot unless you hit the spine, buckshot isn't stopping anything big as a bear very quickly.

There is virtually zero advantage on multiple pellets versus a single slug at ranges ten yards or under. Even with a very open choke the pellets don't really start spreading until about 15 yards. Essentially if you are going to miss with one, you'll miss with many at that range.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:30 PM

What Leo said. Have used buckshot. It don't impress me. When you see the internal damage that a slug will do, you will be converted.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:36 PM

In my book buckshot is used after you use up all your slugs.
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