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ITHACA DEERSLAYER 3

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Terminator, Nov 4, 2009.

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  1. Terminator

    Terminator TS Member

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    Does anyone use or have any experience with the Ithaca Deerslayer 3 ?
    Looking for opinions good or bad, seems like a lot of money for a pump gun. But if they shoot as well as they claim, it would be worth it to me.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. RickN

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    I sighted one in for a guy last fall. He provided only 3" slugs as that was what he wanted to use.

    Maybe a shot at a deer you wouldn't notice the recoil, but from a bench in cold blood at a target, it was about the most brutal recoiling gun I've ever fired.

    It made around 3" groups @ 50 yards with foster style Federal slugs.
    I think with sabot style slugs it might have been better.
     
  4. shannon391

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    My feather weight is also brutal with hunting loads, My 870 or the Win. 1300 are more pleasant to shoot.

    I guess you would not notice shooting a deer but like Rick says benchrest slugs are not for the weak.
     
  5. Finprof

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    I don't have a deerslayer 3, but have had a deerslayer 2 for 15 years. It doesn't have the heavy fluted barrel like the deerslayer 3 and for that reason probably kicks worse. The recoil is brutal wiht 3 inch magnum slugs. It shoots well with sabots and I have killed numerous deer with it. The farthest was a doe in a field 175 yeards away. I did it just to see if I could. It was probably a stupid thing to do, but it was rainy and wet and getting too late in the AM to see a buck.

    The sabots are very accurate- about 3 inch groups at 100 yards, but pass through and don't expand much. I have followed a lot of deer that weren't hit prefectly, but never lost one. The foster slugs are much more effective, but are a waste in this gun. The accuracy is not there unless you use sabots.

    At the time I bought it it was probably the most accurate slug gun on the market. Now I would buy one of the bolt action slug guns that are available, but it still suits me fine and I have no intention of trading it.
     
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