Frangible Slug for Deer?


September 5, 2010, 10:12 AM
I'm new to hunting and interested in using a frangible slug to improve safety and reduce the risk of ricochet.

I had to dig around on-line but found ammunition from the company linked below. The company claims the ammunition is suitable for white tail but I can't find much independent comment on it's use in hunting.

The video on the webpage shows the slug breaking up in ballistic gel. Would this get in the way of meat production? Any comments on the safety of the round over standard slugs?

This will be my first real hunt this fall so I want to cover all of the bases. I hunt in light to medium density woods in central Indiana. I don't want any rounds leaving the 60 acre land parcel.

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September 5, 2010, 10:54 AM
I'm confident it would work fine on deer.

You speak of a "slug." Are you shooting a shotgun? Actually, it doesn't matter because if you're careful of your back stop, as you should be, you won't have any projectiles leaving your property. I shoot a 378 Weatherby off my back 50 and manage to keep my bullets where they belong.

September 5, 2010, 02:58 PM
I would avoid any "frangible" ammo for hunting.

You want penetration with a shotgun slug, it is already approx. .73 caliber and does not need to fragment to kill deer.

go to the store and buy a couple boxes of Remington slugger rifled slugs and you'll be all set. Shoot a box or two to sight it in, and then aim for the front shoulder/ heart and you'll be all set up to about 80 yards easy.

September 5, 2010, 03:03 PM
Yes, and thanks for the opinion. I'll be hunting with a 12 gauge using slugs. I've been very careful to layout my blind and tree stand so that I have a clean backstop. I'm trying to account for every variable including that invisible rock just under the surface that could deflect the slug.
Thanks again- I"ll order a box and see how the shoot.

September 5, 2010, 07:17 PM
BHay, With a 12 slug, there is little to no concern about travel because of drop. Unless you shoot up in the air you wont get more than 200 yards travel with it till it makes land fall. Like Grumelkin said, As long as you are aware of your shot path and back stop you will be fine.

September 6, 2010, 10:13 AM
Definitely a slug from any 12 guage under 100 yards will be messy. Do not use frangible ammo for hunting! Hitting a shoulder or solid bone would most likely wound the animal. Hunting needs to be quick and immediate kills and humane as possibly. Use a quality slug. Remington Slugger is an idea. Just know what is beyond your target before you squeeze one off. A shotgun slug does not have the range of a highpower hunting rifle so you don't have to worry about your bullet trvalling miles. Shoot straight and have fun hunting!

September 6, 2010, 05:20 PM
I agree, I gave the Remington slugger as an expensive, effective alternative to brenneke slugs or other higher quality ammo.

my main point was to stay away from "frangible" ammo unless hunting varmints

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