Need an Opinion on Slugs


November 14, 2012, 11:14 AM
Office debate going on right now. 12ga Remington Copper Solids, or Hornady SSTX (I think).

One of my friends is headed to Il for a hunt and has sighted in his slug rig with the Hornadys already. Our boss swears by Copper Solids. I saw stick with the Hornadys.

He'll be shooting an 870 with a slug barrel.


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November 14, 2012, 11:43 AM
It's whatever shoots out of your gun better. Both will drop deer as long as you put it where it needs to go.

Fred Fuller
November 14, 2012, 11:56 AM
What matters is whatever a given barrel shoots best, not what anyone thinks is best.

November 14, 2012, 07:35 PM
I think the general consensus is that rifled bbl'd shotguns seem to shoot better with specific types of slugs.

Your job, find what slug that is for that particular gun.

My Ithaca Deerslayer with a 20" rifled bbl shoots Lightfields and Rem copper solids quite well. Other slugs I've tried group substantially worse.

I started out trying regular rifled slugs and they grouped terribly at 100. I switched to BRI sabots and the groups got to about 4" at 100.
I tried Copper solids and the groups went down to about 2" at 100. I have a target pic up in another thread with Lightfields at just over an inch and solids at about 2".

I have never tried Hornadies so i can't offer info on that but I found what works in my gun and I'll stick with them.

November 15, 2012, 08:36 AM
Last year I was able to purchase a rifled barrel with rifle sights for about half what they normally sell for. I didn't have a rifle at that time, so I figured I'd give it a try.

I went through $80 of fancy sabot slugs trying to find which one grouped the best with none coming out on top with a satisfactory group. I decided to try the cheap bulk pack of Winchester rifled slugs that I can get 15 shells for about $10. They grouped the best out of everything I tried.

I always read not to use rifled slugs in a rifled barrel, but these work great, show no signs of damage to the barrel and cost "little". I can hit a pie plate sized steel target out to 100 yards with just the iron sights.

November 16, 2012, 10:47 AM
Use what he's already sighted in, no reason to change if they work and he's happy.

November 17, 2012, 06:08 AM
I am not happy with the Hornady Sabots in my Bennelli M2 so far they do not group at all 3.5x5" at 100 yds. Ive had good luck with the copper solids in the past in differant guns along with the Lightfield hybrid slugs. Going to have to give them a try in the M2.

November 17, 2012, 08:17 AM
I have had good luck with Winchester Platinum Tips out of a rifled Mossberg 500

November 17, 2012, 08:18 AM
Ive shot several brands of sabot through my mossy 500 (winchester, federal, Remington, hornady) it was expensive, but found the hornadys to group the best for me right at 1 1/2" at 100 yards and 3" at 200 yards. Shot a buck last year a 160 yards, and bang flop DRT. Got a buddy that swears by the federal barnes in his savage 212.

November 17, 2012, 09:10 AM
the copper solids are all i use in my 870 i have shot a lot
of deer with them all DRT

November 17, 2012, 09:27 AM
The rate of twist in barrels, between brands, may make a different in accuracy. When sabots first came on the market, this was true.

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