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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: Mossberg 695
I had read an article from the guys at Tar-Hunt that recommended 3" slugs for improved accuracy, so that's why I tried them. The recoil was nuts, though.....and the 2 3/4" Copper Solids shot as well (or possibly better) for much less recoil. Those weren't bad at all.
It wasn't necessarily the 3" shells, though, that were sticky to extract. The Hornadys and Remingtons did it, too (both 2 3/4 shells). I can't imagine a 2 3/4 Copper Solid is developing too much chamber pressure? I thought of that, but just seems odd for that to be the case.
I had cleaned the bolt when I got the gun and lightly oiled it. Perhaps just a good "once over" on the bore and chamber are in order.
The Lightfields shot a 3-shot, 100 yard group at 1.89" center-to-center, and I only had 3 Copper Solids, one of which was a sighter. The other two shot for a "group" measured 0.89" center-to-center.
The Hornadys were awful for accuracy. I didn't measure, but probably an 8" (or more) "group" at 100 yards.
Kind of the odd thing is that the 3" shells feed better because of the added weight and length. They eject worse because of the length (the ejection port is juuuuuuuust long enough for them), and the 2 3/4's eject easy and clean.
A couple guys I hunt with use Federal slugs (the ones with the Barnes "expander" rounds in them) and find the accuracy excellent and the recoil mild (relatively speaking), so maybe I'll try them along with a few more of the Copper Solids to see what it does.