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"All's well that ends well."...Ernest Hemingway
In this case this adage is right on. Had the deer hunter used a rife instead of a shotgun that errant round would have penetrated the house!
As a hunter, who grew up in an outdoor environment; trained in the use of firearms and gun safety from childhood; further schooled and educated through Scouting classes; earned a NRA firearms/safety instructor certification; and, further trained in multiple firearms, naval guns[artillery], AAA guns[anti-aircraft artillery], and marksmanship in the US military I find it hard to believe that a deer hunter, using a shotgun, was completely ignorant of the effects of a rifled slug!
Before I go on further, here is a little shotgun information:
A rifled 12gauge, 0.75-1.0 ounce, shotgun slug fired through a 12gauge 20 inch rifled slug barrel can travel nearly two miles before being completely spent. With good slug ammunition, the muzzle velocity of a shot gun slug can range from 1200 to 1800 feet per second[fps]! Depending on trajectory, a slug can travel nearly two miles in 5-7 seconds. For deer hunting a slug's maximum effective range can be 300 yards for a clean kill. Most deer hunted and taken with shotguns average 50 to 150 yards range. These stats are just quick averages I used hunting with a shotgun. They have served me well and safely.
I hope the hunter involved in this story has learned his lesson with shotgun hunting usage. In deer hunting, watch your field of fire when aiming, identify your target bore you shoot, and be aware of your round's trajectory in the shooting environ. Most hunting accidents happen when the simple aforementioned caveats are not followed.
Shotgun hunting for deer is a skill that takes practice and experience to enjoy its rewards. In deep woods and cover, a shotgun is my primary choice for deer hunting over a rifle. "One shot - one deer." is the shot-gunner's credo. With acquired skill a good shot gun hunter will always be successful in places where others fail. However, when you miss make sure you can account where your slug round travels. Hitting a person or building can lead to possible tragedy. That can ruin everyone's day.
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