Gun for Backyard Hunting
I moved to north Alabama a few months ago from Florida and am looking forward to the start of hunting season in a few months.
My wife and I are buying three acres with about 1/2 acre in the back that's secluded and can be hunted on. While the land is in a rural area, it is still within a few hundred yards of houses, and it actually borders a golf course with a 150 ft stand of pines between the two.
I'm looking for a gun that would be suitable to hunt in an area like this. I'd like to keep the price under $400 if possible, and am looking for something that would be TOO loud or shoot TOO far. I'm a pretty good shot, but I don't want to accidentally injure someone or make too much noise, even though there are no laws/ordinances against me hunting there.
Edit: Thanks for the replies everyone!
I actually have access to a Remington Model 1100 20 gauge with a slug barrel and receiver already drill and tapped for a scope mount.
I'm pretty sure this will fit the bill nicely! I've shot slugs before, and I know how much damage they can do, but does anyone have any experience hunting white-tails with them? I'm only going to try and shoot smaller deer, 100-125 lb does/yearling bucks, because I'm really doing it for the meat, but I can't have them run TOO far because I am hunting in a smaller space.
For anyone who has experience hunting with a 20 gauge slug gun, how effective is it at 50-60 yards?
Last edited by DJ_Squizzy; 10-18-2012 at 10:41 PM..
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