Slug Guns


December 4, 2012, 03:15 PM
what makes a good slug gun in your mind?

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December 4, 2012, 03:30 PM
H&R Ultra Slug Hunter. Basic no-frills working gun. Accurate to 100yds+.

December 4, 2012, 03:37 PM
Let me rephrase that what components do you think are needed to make a good slug gun rifled barrel,smooth barrel, foster slugs, rifled slugs,scope,or open sights.

December 4, 2012, 03:45 PM
For me? I want long range accuracy (for a shotgun anyway) for as cheap as possible. So I agree with HiWayMan and went with a the break-action H&R Ultra Slug Hunter. It has what I need; a fully rifled barrel, a scope mount, and a cheap price tag. I do have to feed it expensive sabot slugs, but I shoot very few rounds through it so the ammo cost is not a big deal.

December 4, 2012, 03:55 PM
Rifled barrel with sabot slugs for best accuracy at longest distances (supposedly out to 200yarda), smooth bore with rifled slugs are good to at least 50 sometimes 100yards. I have an Ithaca 37 deerslayer smooth bore slug gun and love it.

December 4, 2012, 04:21 PM
I shot a deer two days ago with a 40 year old Ithaca deer slayer. It worked just fine, popped and dropped at 55 yards. Perfect enough for me!

December 4, 2012, 05:12 PM
If shots are going to be inside 100 yards, I'm not sure a rifled barrel and an optic is really needed.

Or maybe I just lucked out with the gun I got.

AI&P Tactical
December 4, 2012, 06:08 PM
The point being missed about the qualtiy optics is the fact it extends your hunting time when deer are the most active.

Last year I took a deer when all I could see was a dark shape with the neaked eye. However, when I put that Leupold VR II on it things lit up like full day light and saw a fine 8 point and took the shot. And yes, filled my tag and was home hanging him by 7:50 am.

So for a slug gun with a rifled barrel I would consider quality optic as important as on a rifle. I am 60 and as I age the amount of light I need has increased. Getting those few minutes first thing in the morning and as night comes on can make the difference in filling a tag or not. Had I not had quality glass on that moring that Buck was gone as he was about to step down into a revene and off the land I was hunting.

December 4, 2012, 10:57 PM
I have a 12 ga. Ithaca M87 Featherlight Deerslayer purchased in 88.

I chose to get a 20" bbl as I knew I would be hunting close in some pretty thick stuff.

I put a cheap Simmons 3X9 on it. At that time, I had no extra money and was somewhat concerned about the 12 ga beating up a scope. It's still on there although I would give advice to get quality glass.

So, barrel length, rifled/smooth, slugs or sabots, glass or irons. I'd say those are the primary considerations.

I read on these boards that some guys have taken shots to 200 yds but have as yet to see targets showing that this is a viable range or that it can be repeated consistantly.

I have used numerous sabots and settled on Rem copper solids although Lightfields group a little closer at 100 (2 shot groups just over an inch at 100).

Last years target. 2 shot group with Rem copper solids.

December 5, 2012, 12:50 AM
Browning A5 with a rifled barrel and open sights.

December 5, 2012, 01:12 PM
I have a Mossberg 500 with a rifled barrel and a cheap Tasco red dot. It works well. Sure it's not the best slug gun but I can switch barrels and hunt upland game after sitting in a tree all morning. I like the utility of it.

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