For this year's deer season in NJ, I am probably gonna use my H&R Pardner Protector pump in 12 gauge. Just need to get a plug for the 5 shot tube and some more federal flight control to pattern it, since I only got a bead sight on it. In NJ, you can only use rifled slugs if you got an optic or rifle sights. I actually picked this gun up from a fellow forum member here for a good deal, all during the start of the COVID buying panic. Thank you @Matthew Lutz
well if you really want harder hitting, I'd do a short barrel 308 to be honest. Wilson combat had their 14.5 barrels on sale. I had a set up like this and stupidly sold it. My oldest son could handle it so weight was not an issue.
I prefer staying to 'common' cartridges
of course you could go x39 as well
CZ has some very nice semi auto hunting shotguns at a decent price point. I have a CZ712 utility I’m pretty pleased with. It’s a gas gun, but they also make an inertia gun as well. The Utility model is a 20” barrel, with interchangeable choke tubes.
CZ’s shotguns are Turkish made..initially I was a little skeptical, but it appears that was unfounded. The only ‘problem’ with the CZ line of shotguns is that there isn’t much in the way of ‘accessories’, for those who like to play Barbie with their guns.
For me, the Utility model fits the purpose for me perfectly...a beat around the ranch shotgun. No accessories required.