The majority of people and cows mistaken for deer and then wounded or killed were done by hunters shooting through brush and not having a clear picture of what they were shooting.I hunt in a really brushy area. I choose to use a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem. and or a Ruger Redhawk 44 mag.
The idea of shooting through brush is a bad one. If you don't have a clear view of your game and a clear view of the vital area don't shoot. You need to let the animal get into a possition to allow you a clean shot so it is a quick kill.
Now the idea of a brush gun is not a bad idea, but not for what the bullet will do IMO. My idea of a brush gun is one that I can tote through the brush without having to worry about the gun. This is exactly why I don't carry my 30.06 with a scope mounted on it. Too much crap to get hung on vines or branches or whatever, too long, and too much chance that something will get knocked out of whack so that if I get a shot it won't be a good one.
With my lever gun (no scope) or my pistol, I can go through the brush and not worry too much about whether or not the guns sights have been messed up and cause me to get off a bad shot.
So, yes I do believe in brush guns, but not because of what the bullet is going to do.
The reason I asked is because I ONLY HUNT the Northern Zone (Redwood, NY...Butterfield lake, I just bought lake front property there) and it is very rugged territory.When hunting the northern zone where there is heavy cover I use my 12 gauge shotgun. More so for a quicker target acquisition than brush busting abilities. I have also used my Marlin 336c 30-30 when the leaves are off the trees.
I have found a good shotgun to be the best bet in brushy areas or anywhere you don't have to reach out to touch something.
In the southern zone where I live though it's my 30-06 because there are some loooooong shots.
Agreed, 100%. ^^...While "brush guns" do not enable us to randomly shoot through brush persay, they are so named because they are shorter barreled, easy to handle in brush, usually open sighted to be fast for a first shot, and just as quick to chamber a second shot. That generally means a levergun.
Any of the Lever guns from 30-30Win, 308Marlin, 45-70, 444Marlin, 450Marlin are all good hunting rifles, are are accurate, dependable, effective, brush (as in easy to handle in the thicket ) or field, guns.
If you are shooting through heavy cover as you say, there is no better than a 12ga slug. I've actually hit 2" saplings with a slug and still hit my target beyond. How can one argue with that? Best brush buster around in my opinion.If you had to Deer hunt through Brush and branches