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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Slug gun hunting

I going to be using my slug gun for the first time in 15 years. What kind of 12 gauge slugs do you recommend? I don't want to buy tons of different slugs before deciding on a good one. My old arm may not take the kick!
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Re: Slug gun hunting

ide hate to break it to you but each gun shoots each kind of slugs differently. my father and I have 3 mossberg 695's 2 of them shoot the federal 2.75" barns 3/4 oz expander bullets pretty well. the other one is decent but not to my liking at 100 yds even though they are said to be 200 yard slugs. what kind of gun are you shooting?
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Re: Slug gun hunting

Where we hunt in MD, it's "slugs only" so I have some first hand knowledge on this topic.
Jayk1410 is correct: different slugs, different slugs, different results.
Lightfields seem to receive very consistent + reports.
Again, it depends on the firearm.
My Ithaca M-87 looks the Walmart Winchesters BRI.

Good point about the cost for ten different brands and loads.

I'd recommend that you try at least three different brands and then learn to shoot the firearm with the best load.

You might have to limit your shots to 100 yards or less.
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Re: Slug gun hunting

thats good point artsmag, it really makes a difference the farther you shoot. ive found that guns that shoot good at 50 yards with some loads are all over the place at 100
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Re: Slug gun hunting

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I going to be using my slug gun for the first time in 15 years. What kind of 12 gauge slugs do you recommend? I don't want to buy tons of different slugs before deciding on a good one. My old arm may not take the kick!
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Does your slug gun have a rifled barrel or smooth bore? In rifled barrels sabots are recommended, smooth bores usually shoot foster style slugs.

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Re: Slug gun hunting

The guys are right identical guns sometime/often shoot the same slugs differently.

My combo is: Browning A Bolt, rifle choke, Winchester 3" 1400 FPS Std. Velocity 1 oz slug with load XRS123.

I constantly get 1 1/2"< groups at 100 yds. I would probably get better groups if I invested in a more powerful scope than my Leopold 1X4. However I am happy at this time.

In the 60-80's I was lucky to get a 4" group at 75 yds. with my smooth bore Ithaca but I had fun and shot deer.

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Re: Slug gun hunting

I'm in a shotgun state also, I have a smoothbore slug barrel and I have good luck with Rem and with Federal....
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Re: Slug gun hunting

Thanks for the info. I do lot of muzzleloading , so I know what you mean about each gun shooting differently. I will be using a Mossberg 500 with a rifeled barrel.
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Re: Slug gun hunting

scoot over to DE and buy some ammo (no sales tax).
One of the biggest problems I've encountered is this:
availability of ammo that works in your firearm.

I will defer to Born2Hunt with his Browning A-bolt: top of the line, long distance shootin' machines.

BTW, do yourself a favor and invest in a quality rifle scope -- I have a Nikon Buckmasters and am pleased.
The "shotgun" scopes simply can't handle the recoil.
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Re: Slug gun hunting

Light Fields every gun shoots them greattttttttttttttt
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