Effective Range of Shotgun With Slugs - Need Rifle Anyway? Thinking about deer and maybe elk hunting this fall. Have a nice Rem 870 with a 20" deer barrel and a good 50 Rem Slugger deer slugs in storage. I'm told that a good shooter with practice can be pretty effective at 75 yards with a shotgun. Am I just running my beagles after an old scent by thinking I should get a Rem 700 rilfe in 30-06 to extend my range out to 200 yards? Or what about a Marlin 1894 in 44 mag? Have a Ruger Redhawk in 44 mag and i understand the Marlin has a range out to about 100 yards. With many deer shots being taken within 100 yards here in Washington, do I need a rifle anyway? As you can see, I do reload and have an empty press and could enjoy reloading jsut for accuracy with a rifle. The hunting could be a secondary use. What do you think? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!