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What are some good 12ga Slug recommendations for Deer?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by gfanikf, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    I have a Remington 870 12ga that accepts 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells and I have a 20 inch fully rifled barrel. Just wondering what are some good slug ammo recommendations people have? I just want to try some out before deer season opens next month.
  2. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    Remington Premier Accutip and Hornady SST. I still have a bunch of old remington CoreLokt Sabot slugs and they hit the hardest but are discontinued.
  3. PonyKiller

    PonyKiller Well-Known Member

    my mossberg 500 prefers the hornaday's. Its a popular deer and black bear load here in jersey
  4. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 Well-Known Member

    I am a huge fan of the performance of the Lightfield slugs myself, but the Remington Accu-tip, Copper solids and Buckhammer seem to have a pretty good following and reputation around here. I am not a fan at all of the Hornady SST, to me it is too well built for deer and punches through without expanding, but some guys swear by it.
  5. Twig

    Twig Well-Known Member

    I like the buckhammer made by Remington in my mossberg 500.
  6. 27hand

    27hand Well-Known Member


    I started out with BRI sabots. They were later bought out by Winchester and i used them for a few years.

    A friend started using Rem copper solids so I tried them and also bought a few boxes of Lightfields.

    Here is a target I have posted on a few of these slug postings.

    This target is at 100 yds. The SG is a 20" Ithaca Deerslayer with a rifled bbl. The scope is a cheap 3X9 Simmons. ( I bought this not knowing if the gun would beat up the scope over a few seasons. As it turns out , it's been on for about 15 yrs).

    What was strange was the 2 Lightfield hits on the left were 1 1/4 oz and the 2 Rem copper solids were 1 oz. Aside from left/right the group size and elevation were pretty close.

  7. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    I picked up some of the Accutips last night to give them a spin. I have to say finding the new Federal Copper Trophy Sabots is not an easy task even online only a few places have it. Would love to try the Hornady ones out too.

    Interesting as PA and NJ aren't tremendously different geographically.

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  8. erikk8829

    erikk8829 Well-Known Member

    Brenneke slugs
  9. wombat13

    wombat13 Well-Known Member

    Winchester platinum tip saboted slugs are fantastic in my FIL's savage bolt-action shotgun. One-inch groups at 75 yards. Of course, I've never shot more than 3 at a time because the kick is considerably more than my .300WM and the shells cost about $3 per, IIRC.

    I've shot four deer with that ammo and three of them were bang flops. The fourth ran 30 yards.

  10. PonyKiller

    PonyKiller Well-Known Member

    most of the folks that deer hunt here don't change their loads to head up to the foothills up north for bear. mainly wetlands, streams, and dense forest here but not much elevation change.
  11. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the extra suggestions. I'll add them to my cart from Cabelas! I love the free no minimum shipping deal they're doing!

    Edit seems like the Wins were discontinued.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2012
  12. wombat13

    wombat13 Well-Known Member

    Too bad the Win platinum tips are dc'ed. They were fantastic. Maybe they were just too expensive?
  13. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    I bought a Hastings rifled barrel for my 12 ga. 870 and it shoots regular Forster-type Winchester slugs as good or better than the saboted loads. Much cheaper too. Just try out different ones to see what's the most accurate from your barrel.
  14. smallbore

    smallbore Well-Known Member

    +1 for Brenneke
  15. theblakester

    theblakester Well-Known Member

    I used to use the Remington premier accutips on hogs. The bullet expands well and mushrooms out very well. I used them on hogs at night and the problem that I had with them is that they wouldn't exit. Even on hogs less than 100 lbs. the bullet would flatten out and get stuck under the skin just before exiting on 100 lb hogs and on 250 lb hogs. Did massive damage, but wouldn't leave a blood trail at night on lung shots. Almost lost a really good boar bc of it. Since then I've switched to Hornady SSTs and love em. About 200 fps and 300 grains does the job. They've always expanded well for me... Difference is the way they expand-- the bullet opens up with jagged edges and tears through tissue. So If the animal does run, there's a big exit hole with a good blood trail.
  16. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Well-Known Member

    Find the one that shoots best in your shotgun. Most will pattern alright, but usually one load will stand out as being better, accuracy wise, than the others. For me and my smoothbore, it's the Winchester Super X 2 3/4. Also happens to be pretty inexpensive. Happy coincidence, that.

    I admit to selling my rifled barrel and going back to rifled slugs after I shot a deer with the sabots. I was unimpressed with the performance versus the additional cost. Accuracy was a little better than traditional "pumpkin balls" and range was a little longer, but not by enough for me to justify it. I get 1" center to center groups with a smoothbore at 50 yards. That's plenty for the places I hunt. YMMV.
  17. jlineman

    jlineman Member

    I have been using 3in lightfields for about 10 years. they have always shot very well out of my h&r ush, but went to the range today and tried the remington accutips and shot a 3 in group at 200 yards. the lightfields shoot about a 5in group at 200 and have 6in more drop. have not used them in the woods yet can anybody tell me how they do?
  18. greenhornet-1

    greenhornet-1 Member

    2 3/4 federal/barnes are deadly!
  19. blackDdefense

    blackDdefense Well-Known Member

    +1 for federals. The issue with slug guns is the inconsistency between barrels and manufacturers to be able to tell you what round shoots best. I have a lot of trials with different guns that provide different results with the same ammo. With the Rem 870 i found that Accutips are wonderful and also perform well in aa Winchester 1300. Saying that, Lightfields have also performed well in a 870 but do not have the superior performance of the new Federals or the Accutips. Warning!! the accutips require you to buy some locktite for your scope mounts and advil for your shoulder. The best thing to do is shoot multiple brands through YOUR gun. If they can't pattern past 125-150 they are not worth shooting. Best of luck and sorry for the late post.
  20. Pismopal

    Pismopal Well-Known Member

    "Truballs" I got at Dicks sporting and the Federals from Walmart are accurate and the Remington Sluggers came in third but still good in my "18 smooth barrel with rifle sights.

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