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Old 11-12-2011, 09:30 AM
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http://www.cljnews.com/20111111blountstown-man-killed-by-stray-buckshot-pellet-on-hunting-trip
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:12 AM
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Sorry to hear about a death in the fields, but the ballistics sounds normal to me.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:34 AM
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Same here. Buckshot isn't bird shot, and if a .36 caliber muzzle loader ball will carry 100 yards, the larger buckshot shouldn't have a problem with it either. Heading off at 30 isn't all that common, but it certainly isn't clear of the potential deflection or ricochet zones. If the shot struck an antler along the way, that might do it.
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Same here. Buckshot isn't bird shot, and if a .36 caliber muzzle loader ball will carry 100 yards, the larger buckshot shouldn't have a problem with it either. Heading off at 30 isn't all that common, but it certainly isn't clear of the potential deflection or ricochet zones. If the shot struck an antler along the way, that might do it.
I agree with your assessment. On the other hand, the report was rife with dangerous misconceptions on how far buckshot can travel.

My own tests, conducted on a dusty high power rifle range some years back, confirmed that .33 caliber 00B pellets can indeed carry over 500 yards.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:15 AM
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A similar thing happened near me recently. A guy in Rio Linda (Rush fans know about Rio Linda!) did some work on his .22 rimfire and test-fired it into a pile of wood in his back yard. The shot angled out of the woodpile somehow and hit an illegal alien standing on a neighbor's back porch some 100+ yards away. Opened up the guy's neck somewhat. My insurance agent carries the policy and says he's going to get upwards of a 300,000.00 settlement out of it.
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IIRC, OO buck is listed as having a 1/2 mile range. #8 shot will go about 200 yards.
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I grew up in SC hunting deer this way, with dog drives and shotguns loaded with buckshot. We routinely took stands on roadways, canals and wide firebreaks, sometimes in a straight line with the next gun. I too have heard buckshot buzzing through the trees at ranges far beyond one or two hundred yards! When I got older and wiser I quit dog drives because I just felt it was to dangerous. Each year we have a couple, or more, accidents with this practice, even though the number of dog clubs have decreased greatly over the last couple of decades. One of my concerns was that folks didn't respect the killing range and unpredictability of buckshot.

I really feel sorry for all those involved in this terrible accident.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:00 PM
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I grew up in SC hunting deer this way, with dog drives and shotguns loaded with buckshot. We routinely took stands on roadways, canals and wide firebreaks, sometimes in a straight line with the next gun. I too have heard buckshot buzzing through the trees at ranges far beyond one or two hundred yards! When I got older and wiser I quit dog drives because I just felt it was to dangerous. Each year we have a couple, or more, accidents with this practice, even though the number of dog clubs have decreased greatly over the last couple of decades. One of my concerns was that folks didn't respect the killing range and unpredictability of buckshot.
Any hunting or shooting activity can be rendered dangerous by poor judgement. Tree stand falls, using riflescopes in place of binoculars, firing at a legitimate target on a ridgeline and poor muzzle awareness are just a few of many examples. Dog drives for deer are no different and careful attention to safety considerations are a must.

Like you, one of my concerns has long been that many hunters and shooters have no concept of the maximum danger range of any hunting or sporting arm. This concern includes those who write hunting regulations for state game departments as well.
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Many years ago, I was training on the academy range,We were shooting shotguns with buckshot.One of the pellets ricocheted off the ground at about 40 yards out,hit the 100 yard berm and bounced back with enough force to strike the Sgt standing next to me.It left a very good sized red spot that bruised very badly.I can only imagine how much velocity and energy it lost while skipping off the dirt and then hitting the berm hard enough bounce back a 100 yards.
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