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Old 10-04-2019, 04:21 PM   #1
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If Im using 3 1/2" #4 steel shot how close would I need to be to be lethal?
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:25 PM   #2
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Depends on choke you have in. I'd say with a modified, with that shot 10-20 yards would be ideal, also depends on your accuracy.
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:25 PM   #3
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slow em down with first shot finish with a few more... Aim for the lips
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:32 PM   #4
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mod choke, heard its not good to shoot steel thru a full choke
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:35 PM   #5
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Steel shot is slow and doesn't penetrate very well on fur. But a 40 yard shot will kill him with the right choke. I kill a lot of dogs with the shotty!!
My favorite shell is the dead coyote from Hevi-shot, but its expensive. Hornady makes the Heavy Magnum Coyote which is nickel plated lead shot. Good stuff and not near as expensive.

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Old 10-04-2019, 04:37 PM   #6
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:46 PM   #7
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I killed a small one with a .410 with #6 shot while squirrel hunting one time when I was about 12yrs old. Sitting under a tree and he trotted by me at about 15yrds.
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:03 PM   #8
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Get some #4 Lead Buckshot, NOT #4 Bird Shot.
3" is plenty.
Got a buddy that killed a coyote on the run with a Hail Mary 90yd shot and 3" #4 buck. It's on video
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:05 PM   #9
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No help with steel but my buddy did shoot one 3 times with 7.5s, took my gun and put 3 more in him while hanging on the back of my 4 wheeler with me driving 30 mph across a drained rice field

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Old 10-04-2019, 05:17 PM   #10
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Steel shot was the poorest performer I've ever used in a shotgun for varmints, if your gonna use it as a regular varmint gun pattern your gun to see what works best. I prefer hevi-shot or copper plated lead in #2 shot or #4 buckshot
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:26 PM   #11
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mod choke, heard its not good to shoot steel thru a full choke
It's not good to shoot steel for anything..... Worst choice in shotgun ammo
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:31 PM   #12
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It's not good to shoot steel for anything..... Worst choice in shotgun ammo


Ya, I just have some 3 1/2” laying around and want to kill these yotes this weekend



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Old 10-04-2019, 05:46 PM   #13
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Well just shoot em and see what happens
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:56 PM   #14
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Well just shoot em and see what happens
Yep... My guess is 40 with a tight choke
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:50 PM   #15
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Remington long range lead #2-T shot works very well for anything.
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:08 PM   #16
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Spray a shot of WD-40 down the muzzle before you shoot and you’ll gain substantial range with a tighter pattern.


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Old 10-04-2019, 07:11 PM   #17
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Within 30 to 35 yards and shoot it in the head and neck area. 3" lead BB or #4 buck would do the trick a lot better. It's probably gonna run after you shoot it. At least a little ways.

You're definitely gonna want to shoot it in the face and empty the gun until it stops spinning or running.

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Old 10-04-2019, 07:24 PM   #18
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12 ga 3" mag #4 Buckshot hits with an impressive 41 pellets
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:48 PM   #19
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3.5” 00 Buck will get their attention I can promise you. Let em have it, then have it some more.
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:55 PM   #20
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Spray a shot of WD-40 down the muzzle before you shoot and you’ll gain substantial range with a tighter pattern.


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Hmmmm, would this work with a turkey shoot? SSSHHHHH
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:05 PM   #21
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3 inch number 2 steel through a IM Benelli Nova has been deadly to several coyotes that thought my goose decoys looked good enough to eat. Most shots have been 30-50 yards. None have got away that made it that close.
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:07 PM   #22
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Best I have used is #1 magnum buckshot. I was shooting them from an airplane and it was the best at the longer distances.
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:09 PM   #23
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I killed 2 while dove hunting near El Paso one time. 5 rounds of 20 gauge 7.5's did the trick. When I was calling them I used 000 buck on them and never had any issues. I wasn't hunting for fur though.
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:13 PM   #24
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Hmmmm, would this work with a turkey shoot? SSSHHHHH


Yes, it’s not super predictable though.


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Old 10-06-2019, 09:30 AM   #25
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Kill them all! Gut shoot them if possible. Can u tell how fond I am of them,
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Old 10-06-2019, 10:29 AM   #26
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I killed them with 177 pellet and 22 shorts ..at 25y ish just gota hit them in heart lung
/no shoulder and the will run 100y or so and die..They just cant live without O2 or Blood...
I choot them out of My patio window..we got mesquite pasture across my Fence 20y behind my house..We throw food scraps across and it attracts lots///fox/yotes/coon/poss/bobcat rarely...I only shoot Yotes...and coon or poss that start being a pest on my patio get it
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:29 AM   #27
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called one in across the Rio from Mexico last year on a duck hunt. 30 yard shot dead with steel 3" steel #6 full choke. Tracked about 50 yards and finished him off with a PDX but didnt need it.
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:30 AM   #28
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Shoot the same choke you would sling those loads at geese with. Closer the better, but I would be willing to shoot out to 50yd with those 3.5” shells if that’s as close as you could get. No matter what the range, follow up multiple times, even if you dont think it is necessary.
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Old 10-06-2019, 02:29 PM   #29
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I'll assume you meant #4 buckshot. Inside 40 yd works great. Have done it lots.

If actually #4 birdshot, inside 20 yd I would guess, haven't ever tried...because...it never occurred to me.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:44 PM   #30
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I'll assume you meant #4 buckshot. Inside 40 yd works great. Have done it lots.

If actually #4 birdshot, inside 20 yd I would guess, haven't ever tried...because...it never occurred to me.


Ive killed plenty with #4 and #6 birdshot at 30-50 yds with mod chokes.


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Old 10-06-2019, 04:57 PM   #31
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I would think that would work, I short one at 25 yards with a 20 ga with 1 ounce 8 shot heavy dove loads and he folded
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Old 10-06-2019, 06:28 PM   #32
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I’d say full/extra full inside 50 dead dog.
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:14 PM   #33
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Ive killed plenty with #4 and #6 birdshot at 30-50 yds with mod chokes.


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So ya figure within 20 yds mod choke 3 1/2” 4 steel would drop em?


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Old 10-06-2019, 08:24 PM   #34
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Absolutely.

I’ve killed them at ~30 yds with 7 1/2 20ga dove loads.

Probly out to 45 with #6 modified while pheasant hunting.

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