Great hunting section! I was hoping for one hunting forum and you came up with four - bravo! Thanks!
Hi Al - How about here in the General Hunting and Conservation forum? My take was that since this is a shotgun site we're pretty much just talking shotguns here and this was the catch-all forum for hunting?While I appreciate the Hunting Section, where do we discuss the use of shotguns for non-flying critters like Bambi and Peter Cottontail and all the othe forest creatures that Disney puts out there for us to eat ? (Joke)
But seriously is the shotgun considered a birding weapon more than a mammal weapon? I don't bird hunt, but I do take Deer, Hogs, and smaller animals with my shotguns. I think the sight of me with my Saiga 12 Semi-auto with a 20 drum full of slugs and buckshot would cause some of the Purdy shooting Duck Hunters to faint...and the wardens to call in a SWAT team before checking my papers ! (Big Grin Here)
Al - Thanks for the info. Not planning any Indiana hunts but always interested to hear how the regs are applied in different states. I assume you can hunt deer with black powder? I have a T/C in line muzzleloader that's pretty accurate out to 200 yards. But no followup shot!Several questions there, and I will try to answer all in the context of comparing shotguns to rifle/pistols used here in Indiana. First, The hunting regs are focused on the case length. Maximum legal case is 1.8" which allows 44 mag and 480Ruger and a couple of others in that league. NO .223 or 7.62x29mm allowed, and none of the standard rifle calibers. Minimum diameter has some funny quirks... 45 Colt but no 45 acp, 357 mag but no 38 Special. No 30 Carbine allowed, but you can use a rifle that fires the bigger center-fire pistol round (hence my 77/44) No 9mm legal either.
Up to this year I used 12 ga slugs for deer here. They do the job, but considering the typical Whitetail is on the small size in our area, the 12 ga is a bit of overkill. I considered using a 20 ga slug, but after my wife's success in our Missouri hunt in Sept. using a Ruger semi-auto carbine (44 mag). I decided to go that route also and found a SS 77/44 for my deer gun this year.
My slug gun is a Saiga 12. I have used it on Texas Hogs and Indiana deer. It does the job very well. I have acquired several other shotguns, but other than test firing them, I have not done anything with them...A couple of Mossberg 500's, an Escort 20 ga slug-gun, and a couple of old top-break single shots. Then there is the Antonio Zoli I bought last week. I posted photos and info on it in another thread. It is an outstanding gun, Absolutely Beautiful in the same manner that the top-end Browning O/U's are beautiful.
I have not decided it's future. But if offered it's face value, I will part with it, for sure. I just don't shoot shotguns enough to appreciate them.
Here's my Saiga 12
Al - any of these deer now tucked away in your freezer? We're hunting this week in MS - nothing yet here.I am not sure if my PM got thru, So here are a couple of shots taken from our kitchen door. The single doe is 30 yards out, the others are 40 and 50 yards out and the group shot shows how they looked together. Opening day will be a fun time here. A couple of small bucks came in 30 minutes after these photos were taken, but it was too dark to photo them.