my Dad is friends with a gunsmith and he does that using 000 pellets, they say its brutal on a deerI got to guest hunt in a state that only allows shotgun or bow hunting for about 8yrs and I shot a Browning BPS sluggun. some of the guys I hunted with were old timers from the area and they shot Remington autos with non rifled barrels and they used buckshot. What they would do was open the shells and dump the buckshot out and use a serrated steak knife and saw a split in the shot and connect them together with heavy monofilliment and crimp them. When they shot, they monofiliment would effectively hold the shot in a small pattern. I seen these guys drop some deer like that! The damage it left was brutal, and they were actually shooting them at 50-60yds!
I hunt with a club in King william county, about 30 mins east of richmondwhat part of va are you from?the only place i hunt that requires shotguns is louisa.i know alot of the eastern half of the state requires shotgun.anyway,if you don't have a shotgun yet look at the mossberg 835 or if you want a semi auto look at the 935.they both shoot 3 1/2 shells.try a few differnt type shells with different chokes and see which one patterns best.i have killed a few deer at 80 yards with shotguns and 000 buck.hope this helps