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Good Evening,

I am an avid outdoorsman, and bird hunter.

I'm going on my first deer hunt, and will be using my old Mossberg 500A with slugs. I've been reading up on shooting slugs, but keep getting more confused!

Can someone give me an idea of what kind of ammunition I should use? Regular slugs or sabot's? Should I use my full choke? I don't anticipate taking ANY shots longer than 60 or 70 yards, and desire to be a responsible hunter.

Any assistance would be appreciated!
 

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Smoothbore = Rifled Slugs

Rifled bore = Sabot Slugs

Try different chokes and slugs to see which shoot the best, but try to use improved cylinder or a modified choke, a full choke isn't the best for safety or accuracy.
 

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You can buy a Mossberg rifled barrel with scope mount and mount a scope. That will give you a flat trajectory of up to 100 yards. It's probably too late for this season (get some Buckhammers, they claim to be good for both rifled and smooth bores and cheap; or probably you already have something for now...). but you can do it for the next. And practice it. There's some difference between point and shoot, and get a precise shot. As well as there is a big difference between standing target and moving one. More practice = more confidence.

Or if you intend to hunt somewhere where it is legal to hunt with rifles (upnorth, further than 2 hr drive from Milwaukee), I saw a store selling Yugo SKS for $275 here in Milwaukee and Gander Mountain sells cheap Mosins for $99. Get one of those rifles, they come with cheaper ammo too and keep you shotgun for birds.
 
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