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Buckshot for hunting in the Northwest?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by RMc, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. RMc

    RMc Southeast Member

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    Under what circumstances is buckshot used for hunting in the Northwest?

    Buckshot: #4B .24" to Tri-Ball .60"
     
  2. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    In the Wa state regs, page 68:

    No idea about any other states.
     
  3. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    What circumstances......... None that I know of unless that is your only gun or you just want that kind of challenge or there is some special situation.

    There are many guns that are much better for close range/brush that are very inexpensive.


    ETA: Apparently we have shotgun only GMU's in our state. So that would be another reason.
     
  4. RMc

    RMc Southeast Member

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    That's nteresting. So you can hunt "other" big game with a soft lead 5/8th ounce 20 gauge slug but cannot use buckshot with hard alloyed 3/4th ounce pellets?
     
  5. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    No, thats not what it says.

    "Other big game may be hunted with a 10 or 12 gauge shotgun using slugs. "

    "Why" would be a rhetorical question, I wouldn't try too hard to make sense of any .gov rule. Never forget who/what you are dealing with.
     
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  6. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    There are Washington game management areas that are "shotgun only". Usually where there is a chance that someone might be living within "rifle range".
     
  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I apologize for my post then. I did not know we had any of those in our state. I knew there were several place back east.
     
  8. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    I grew up in Iowa. The whole state was (perhaps still is) shotgun only for deer.
     
  9. RMc

    RMc Southeast Member

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    Right. I have seen 12 gauge foster slugs that pancaked on the shoulder of a deer. While deadly on deer, poor penetration would make these soft lead thimbles inadequate for larger game.
     
  10. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I plan to use buckshot to hunt anybody that breaks into my house while I am there! Also, some new era sabot slugs are pretty crazy, not just a ball of lead, more like a big bullet in a plastic case.
     
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  11. RMc

    RMc Southeast Member

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    I guess very few in your neck of the woods have heard about the 12 gauge pump action rifles that fire 830 hardend lead bullets at 1200 fps. Or 12 gauge smoothbores stoked with 3 ball Buckshot load with each hard lead pellet weighing in at 320 grains.
     
  12. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    Basically anything between I 5 (or Hwy 9 in places) and the Sound, and most of the ilands in the sound are shotgun, BP or archery only. Goes by GMU. There may be others, but I am postitive that north of Seattle and west of I 5 and on into the sound, if the GMU doesn't prohibit hunting with a modern rifle, the county does. Yes, basically it is too many houses: for safety.
     
  13. lucky guy

    lucky guy Sisters Active Member

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    When I'm bird hunting I carry 00 buck in my pocket for coyotes. A lot of guys use them for calling coyotes too.
     
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  14. RMc

    RMc Southeast Member

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    If they don't limit black powder weapons to round ball loads and shotgun slugs to full bore with a weight not exceeding a bore size lead ball, then county weapon rule defies logic.
     
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  15. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    Why would you want to use buckshot? It tears up a deer and wastes a lot of meat (jellied bloodshot). I live in a shotgun only unit and have used 2 3/4in 1oz. slugs with pretty good success.
     
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  16. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Years ago I was a brush beater for Columbia blacktail deer on Government Island next to PDX airport. Strictly shot gun only. Made sense being so close to the city.
    I learned one valuable lesson that day, don't use poison oak for toilet paper.
     
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  17. mfoster

    mfoster Lacey/Olympia/JBLM Member

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    I busted my first Coyote with a Remington 870 with NO. 4 Buckshot at 15 yrds. Ran up on my electronic predator call. BAMM!
    You do not want to be on the recieving end of any of that.