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Old 05-02-2011, 07:39 PM
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Default first gun for deer season

This will be my first REAL season. I'm learning everything on my own and I need a little advice on what kind of gun I should get. I'm really leaning towards a 20 gauge. I'm only going to be able to afford one gun right now...HELP!
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:03 PM
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Is your area shotgun only since you posted this in the shotgun thread ? I would suggest a rifle over a shotgun for deer hunting in my opinion. You can get a mossburg 270 from some where like Walmart for about just under 300. (in my area) if your needing a shotgun mossburg also has one that comes with two barrels. A slug barrel and a shot barrel, it's around 400 bucks (in my area ) there are many more people on here with way more knowledge than me in this area. I look n like effective but cheap myself.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:29 PM
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Look at your seasons, what is the most prevalent shotgun, muzzloader or rifle? If shotgun was my longest season that would be what I would buy.In some states you can use your muzzleloader during shotgun as long as you have a shotgun tag. check your regs this would help with your decision.
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:30 PM
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I personally think a shotgun is a good first gun at least here in NH
most times shots are under 100 Yards & a shotgun w/ good slugs will shoot good at that distance then you can use it for Turkey, birds ducks & coyote's it is a good all round gun
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:09 PM
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Hello and welcome to the site. If you could offer additional info on where you will be hunting, type of terrain, and game you will be hunting we could offer our thoughts on what might fit your needs best.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:25 AM
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Always be sure your gun barrel and action are clear of obstructions and only carry ammunition specifically intended for the firearm you’re using.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:24 AM
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I've been using the same gun too. I had it just by July.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:23 AM
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Default Good first gun

the mossberg 500 has a package that comes with a rifled barrel and a vent rib barrel, i have personally killed a deer at 165 yds with the same setup (mossberg 500, rifled barrel...though i had a bsa red dot) mine shoots the hornady sst slugs very well (that's what i was using when i killed that deer at 165) mines a 12 gauge you may like the 20 for reduced recoil but if i were you i would defiantly go with the 12
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:50 PM
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I'm going to be deer hunting for the first time this year (only did small game - pheasant - with a borrowed shotgun).

I'm using the Mossberg 500 ($270 or so) with the slug barrel. Ran into a ammo sale at Dick's, so I stocked up on sabot rounds.

I also ran into a deal for the Leupold VX-I 2-7 33mm shotgun scope. Cabela's has it on sale for $190. I signed up for their credit card, used it for payment and got an additional $25 knocked off with free shipping. Sure, I'm cancelling the card as soon as I get the first bill, but I'll take a Leupold for that price. Good eye relief, over 90% light capture, lifetime warranty and quality built for $165? Sold.

Didn't mean for that to sound like a commercial for Cabela's, but that was a great price to tease out of a sale and an offer.

Heard very good things about the Nikon Prostaff Slug scope, but stuck with Leupold. Made it America and all that.

Now, I have to bargain hunt for quality clothing so I don't freeze my keister off.

My buddy's already told me I'll be looking for a crossbow before next season. I think he's right.

If you're on the fence about rifle or slug gun, I might be able to help.

I went for versitility. The Mossberg can swap barrels and even has a blck-powder barrel you can fit without taking it to a gunsmith.

If you want a good, effective rifle that is cost effective, I've heard good things about the Savage Axis. Accurate out of the box, but a HEAVY trigger. I haven't personally fired one, but that's the rap (and you're not supposed to tinker with it because it's not a simple set screw adjustment). Walmart has them for about $277. Marlin X7 also has a good rep for quality/price.

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Old 09-30-2011, 11:50 AM
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Thumbs up first gun

You made a great choise . Mossie 500 combo will do it all for you at this point. You have an accurate deer slug gun , and one of the best guns for turkey, dove upland and small game hunting.
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