Pro or cons on low recoil slugs

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by lonewolf5347, May 14, 2019.

  1. lonewolf5347

    lonewolf5347 Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    I have a Mossberg 500 12 ga comes with ported barrel rifle slug set up.Thumhole stock scope is mounter cannular or something they call it slide extended bar from the barrel
    The rifle has to weigh 8 lbs kicks like a mule.
    I wonder will low recoil ammo slug out to 100 yards for deer any good.
  2. mcb

    mcb Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    North Alabama
    Assuming you can hit the deer that far the slug will do the job. I have never used reduce recoil slugs on deer but I use them a lot in my Rem 1100 shotgun for 3-gun matches. They are easy on the shoulder and fairly accurate though I have probably only ever used them out to 50-60 yards in competition. I use mostly Remington manage recoil slugs but I have used the Federal also in a pinch.

    If I can kill a deer at 50 yards with a 410 slug gun you should be able to kill them at 100 yards with a 12 gauge reduced recoil slug. A reduced recoil slug still has over 700 ft-lbs of energy at 100 yards (1oz slug/435gr going almost 900 fps) so if you're comfortable with that, use it. The trajectory is far from flat, with a 50 yard zero you're going to be over 7-inch low at 100 yards but again if you have practiced with it no problem.
  3. Corpral_Agarn

    Corpral_Agarn Member

    Nov 14, 2012
    Northern CA
    Low recoil slugs have a much different point of impact in my shotgun.

    I don't bother with them anymore. But then, I seldom shoot slugs.
  4. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

    Jul 2, 2015
    Lead low recoil slugs are not good through a rifled barrel. Rifled barrel are for sabot slugs. You will lead the barrel with rifled slugs.
  5. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    Apr 7, 2003
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Pro - they recoil less. Con - they have less energy and worse trajectory.
    With a rifled barrel you need to be using sabot slugs. They are already "reduced recoil" in my experience due to the much reduced projectile weight.
  6. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    SE GA
    I have used reduced recoil foster slugs on deer and I am not impressed.

    Firstly, they are not a 100 yd round without a fair bit of luck to help you.

    Second, it is the only 12 ga slug I have ever seen consistently not make through and through holes on deer. This was with easy broadside shots.

    Sectional density is even worse with the reduced projectile weight.
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