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What deer loads do you recommend for shotgun hunting?

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What deer loads do you recommend for shotgun hunting?

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SITUATION: Shotgun Hunting

Many large deer populations exist in areas where civilization and the countryside intersect. For obvious safety reasons, many populated rural areas where deer are hunted require that firearm hunters use shotguns instead of rifles. In some areas, shotgun hunting is even the traditional and preferred way to bag a deer. Habitat usually consists of small wooded tracts with most shots taken at close range (around 50 yards) with some shots both closer or occasionally longer.

RECOMMENDED BARRELS:
Fully Rifled:

The Remington Premier Accutip Bonded Sabot Slug is the ultimate in long range sabot slug hunting.
The Remington Premier Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded Sabot Slugs is the ultimate in accuracy for shotgun sabot slugs.
The Remington Premier Copper Solid Sabot Slugs offer 2x caliber expansion and virtually 100% weight retention for best penetration.
The Remington Buckhammer is a high performance lead slug that's very affordable.

Smooth Bore:
Remington Slugger Rifled Slugs (with Improved Cylinder choke tube)
Remington Express Buckshot (with Full choke tube)


RECOMMENDED LOADS:
Remington Slugger Rifled Slugs:
A very popular (and economical) choice among shotgun deer hunters, Remington Slugger Rifled Slugs deliver outstanding accuracy at short ranges with hard-hitting, reliable expansion. Also, available in Slugger Managed Recoil Rifled Slug.

Remington Premier Accutip Bonded Sabot Slug
Designed for use in fully rifled shotgun barrels, Remington Premier Accutip Sabot Slugs are ideal for longer shots. Each slug is encased in a high-performance plastic sabot that greatly enhances in-flight performance and, thus, accuracy. Upon impact, they reliably expand to 1.5-2X original caliber with very high weight retention.

OTHER POPULAR LOADS:
Remington Express Buckshot:
Delivers concentrated, balanced patterns. Ideal at very short distances ranging from 25 yards and closer.

Express Managed-Recoil™ Buckshot
With less felt recoil than full velocity loads, Express Managed-Recoil Buckshot is an ideal close-range performer. Less recoil means second shot recovery is quicker, allowing the user to get back on target more easily. These new loads are built with the same precision of our standard 8-pellet 00 Buckshot loads and are buffered for dense patterns, allowing for highly effective performance at up to 40 yards.


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