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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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what slug is best

Does any one know what brand of slug is best for a mossberg 500 slug gun for accuracy and range? also what range can I expect?
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Re: what slug is best

it all depends on what you gun like slugs are tricky my 500 likes the hornady sst's..on the box it says they are shooting flat at a 150yrds...but i personally will only shoot 100yrds i don't trust them past that....but my best advice would be to go pick up a few boxes of different slugs an see witch one your gun likes the best....


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Re: what slug is best

It is going to depend on your paticular gun more than what the make or model prefers. Buy a few different varieties and try them out.

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Re: what slug is best

Welcome to HPA bowcrazy.
Unfortunately the above posters were probably right. No shortcuts, gotta spend the loot and give several a try to see which your barrel likes best.

I don't wanna hear any excuses if ya miss a big upper mid-west whitetail this fall, say around the beginning of November.

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Re: what slug is best

my slug hunter likes hornady ssts also, but I ran alot of cash through the barrel to find out. In fact slug guns are so finicky i swab the barrel after 2 shots just like a muzzy to get a better handle on accuracy...
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Re: what slug is best

i was told by the factory rep at Brenneke not to waste my time and money...which i already did, and still didnt find a suitable slug for my 870 with a rifled barrel.

so...what the heck, i bought what he suggested, brenneke green lightning slugs...sighted in and shot 1 1/2 to 2 inch groups at 100 yards all day long out of a rifled barrel.

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Re: what slug is best

For my 500 it the Lightfield's 2 3/4" sabot!
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 12:58 AM
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Re: what slug is best

WIll you be shooting a smoothbore or a rifled barrel?


My smooth bore Moss 500 and Ithaca deerslayer like the elcheapo Rem sluggers and brenneke rottys.

My Ithaca 87 deerslayer shoots Hornady SST's very well. I shoot clover leaves at 100yds benched. Now I have already harvest several deer with these cartridges. All recovered, but I was very suprised with how far they ran. My buck last year ran about 60-70yds after being hit twice. I hit him again because I saw no sign of distress from the first shot. Both shots in the vitals mind you. A doe I just recently harvest during a red tag hunt. She ran another 60-70yds from where I hit her. I do have one of the slugs from my buck.I am not overly impressed with the expantion of this bullet. All deer are dead and recovered, but I was suprised with the distance gone.

I'll try and take a pic of the 12ga Hornady SST for you and post it up tomorrow.
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Re: what slug is best

The 2 3/4" 12ga Hornady SST was my choice for some time with adequate accuracy at 100 yards(3" groups) out of my Win. 1300 slug gun. Terminal performance was adequate in my experience.

On a whim last year I bought a box of Remington Accutip bonded slugs to see how they would shoot and to my surprise my group sizes where cut in half. I can't comment on their terminal performance as of yet but suspect based on their design that they should do the the job.

As far as range is concerned with 12ga slugs, there is an awful lot of variables that affect slug flight and unless you really understand them all and can account for them consistently I would say that 100-125 yards is really at the outer limits of where an ethical shot should be taken on unwounded game.

In the end it's gonna take same range time and some testing to find out what loads your gun likes.

A couple of tips:
-Sight in at 50 yards and move to 100 yards to see how your load performs at that range.
-Use a lead sled and a recoil pad if you can(range time with a slug gun can get uncomfortable)
-Make sure your barrel nut is as tight as you can make it otherwise your accuracy will suffer
-Buy a quality scope(recoil will destroy a cheap one quickly)

Hope this helps.
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Re: what slug is best

my browning a bolt slug gun loves remington accutips. cuts holes at 100 yards and devistates big illinois whitetails.
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