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Shooting slugs

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by iyn, May 3, 2013.

  1. iyn

    iyn Well-Known Member

    I only have a 870 as my long gun. I have a 18" & 26" beaded sight barrels. In my area I can only find skeet loads and slugs in 2-3/4" chambering. Does a barrel with sights really make a difference in distances? BTW what is the effect range with slugs?
  2. saulteux

    saulteux Member

    After about 50 yards, it does for me. As to the effective range of slugs, if you know the dope (trajectory), hits on a man-sized target are quite easily attained at 200 yards.
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Sights are nice but you'd be surprised what you can do with a bead. Try it out.
  4. DeadFlies

    DeadFlies Well-Known Member

    You'd be surprised what you can do with a bead sight and slugs. I was.
  5. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    You will probably do OK out to 25-40 yards, IF the bead is putting the slugs where you aim. If so then you'll be OK at closer ranges. If not you might get groups small enough to take deer etc., but the groups could be a foot or more from where you are pointing the gun. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. You'll just have to try.
  6. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    SLugs are nice for home defense especially out in the country when your neighbors are quarter mile away and trees around. IT will make a good sized hole on any would be perpetrator.

    If your barrel has a choke , get the Improved Cylinder choke . If it has modified choke tube, i wouldnt use a slug but only buckshots.
  7. ZVP

    ZVP Well-Known Member


    I have "00" buckshot and I understand that is .31cal size. What size is #4 Buckshot? SOmewhere I red that the FBI used #4 buck exclusivelly.
    Wouldn;t a smaller (but substantial) size of shot be better for H/D than just a 9 pellet load?
    Dosen't "00" carry for some long distance?
    I am worried about collateral damage to neighbors homes and their safety. I like hitting the bad guy with somethong HEAVY!
  8. improperlyaged

    improperlyaged Well-Known Member

    Most people don't know this, but the bead on the end of a shotgun is set up for 100 yards with slugs. So aim to point of impact and don't try to compensate for slug drop.
  9. bigdaa

    bigdaa member

    Personally, I swapped my bead barrels for rifle sighted ones and payed a hefty price cashwise for doing so. Given that, I remember getting along just fine with the longer barrels with beads and or ribs.

    You've got nothing to worry about. I am going to take a wild guess and say your barrels are fixed improved chokes.
    I have shot many many slugs from an Modified 28 inch rib barrel with no ill consequences. My Wingmaster offered some great reach out distance to 200 yards, being the limit of the venue. I shoot up to 100 yards regularly and recall that with the beaded barrel, no problem hitting 5 gallon construction pales which are man sized center torso approximations.

    The rifle sights are simply my preference. I like the adjustability, but it is NOT necessary.
  10. DougW

    DougW Well-Known Member

    The ghost ring on my Benelli M1Super90 allow slug shots with fairly good accuracy at 200 yards and 4" groups at 100 yards. Makes shooting clay's a bit tough though.
  11. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    I deer hunted successfully for years with a bead front sight and a 26" skeet barrel. The bead starts covering up too much deer at about 1000yds.
  12. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    ...actually I meant to write 100yds....but 1000yds works too, lol.
  13. 27hand

    27hand Well-Known Member


    I guess I never tried shooting at 200. Do any of you guys who shoot this distance have target pics of the results? I'm guessing you know what the holdover is at various ranges out to 200 and can estimate range correctly. What range do you sight in?
    I think i'd have trouble putting that all together at 125 & out but for sh--ts & giggles, I'm going to try next sight in session.

    I'll qualify all that by stating that the longest shot I ever made(rifle or SG ) on a deer was 95 paces with a SG. The closest shot was this past season on a doe ( 7 paces with .06).

    I use a 12 ga Ithaca Deerslayer 20" rifled tube & 3X9 Simmons on top.
    I've posted these 100 yd pics before. Lightfields left and Rem copper solids right.


    2011 sight in with Rem copper solids. I only shoot 2 shot groups to see where the gun hits.


    I've only used these. The 2 3/4" group better in my gun and I only use sabots now.
    Check the price tag on the BRI sabots. I went to these after regular slugs didn't work well in my gun.
  14. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    Shooting slugs with my Mossberg 500 12ga with 18.5" security barrel. I shot over a foot high at 50 yrds but I was looking at the bead. I've done some measuring and think I should have been making sure to only see the very top of the bead over the reciever for accurate slug placement. Next time at the range I'm going to try that out.
  15. Merle1

    Merle1 Well-Known Member

    Actually Foster style slugs can be used in any choke, including full. Many people think that the "rifling" in the slug is to give it some spin, but it's real purpose is to allow the slug to swage down & safely pass thru a full choke.

  16. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    IIRC, the size for #4 Buckshot is .24"

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