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Slug Guns

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by horsemen61, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    what makes a good slug gun in your mind?
  2. HiWayMan

    HiWayMan Well-Known Member

    H&R Ultra Slug Hunter. Basic no-frills working gun. Accurate to 100yds+.
  3. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. leadaddict

    leadaddict Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Well-Known Member

    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!
  7. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. AI&P Tactical

    AI&P Tactical Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. 27hand

    27hand Well-Known Member

    slug gun

    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.

  10. planetmobius

    planetmobius Well-Known Member

    Browning A5 with a rifled barrel and open sights.
  11. JFtheGR8

    JFtheGR8 Well-Known Member

    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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