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  1. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

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    shooting Mossberg 500 with rifled barrel. looking for a sabot slug for gun season. upon talking to the hunting crew I shot a deer with sst a few years bac and it fragmented. haven't used the slug gun in a few years.

    looking for recommendations.


    thanks all.
     
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  2. rule303

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    Nearly all shotgun slugs will fragment to some degree. I really wouldn't worry about it, just use whatever shoots best through your barrel. I prefer Brenneke slugs out of my Mossberg 930, they are much more consistent than any sabot I have tried. I have had better luck with the cheap Federal gray box sabot slugs than any of the premium loads I have tried, but none of them shot as well as the Brenneke.
     
  3. Barry the Bear

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    I've tried the brenneke black magic magnums on whitetail and feral hogs out in TX and they've performed wonderfully a bit overkill for these creatures but hey it works. This was out of a mossberg 590 smoothbore.
     
  4. LeonCarr

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    Another vote for the Brenneke. Actually I like any slug made by Brenneke :).

    My favorite is the Brenneke Magnum Crush. It is made for rifled barrels and it is a stomper on both ends.

    IME/IMO the Brennekes don't fragment, retain most of their weight, and offer straight line penetration through basically any animal. Brenneke Slugs are in the shotguns of the Alaska State Police and the Alaska Game Wardens.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
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  5. d2wing

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    I like Winchester Sabot slugs. They shoot well in my 11-87 rifles slug barrel.
     
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    I really like all of the Brenneke offerings; quality construction and very consistent performance. Over the years I have used Federal Power-Shok slugs as well.
     
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    Remington rifled Slugs or Federal rifled Slugs.
     
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    I'm going through the same process, except with a Savage 220f. So far I have Brenneke KO, Federal 3" copper, and Remington Accutip for testing. The Brenneke are primarily for sighting in as $1.00 a shot hurts a bit less than $3.00 a shot.

    Prior to this I shot 12 ga exclusively using an 870 with a rifled choke. Federal Trueball worked great and gave good acuracy. Brenneke slugs also worked nicely.
     
  9. PapaG

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    1. Lightfield hybreds. A dozen deer down with one shot on my farm.
    2. Hornsby SST, but be aware that a hit in the ham on a quartering away shot might ruin the rear and off front quarter.
    3. Any Brenneke. They work fine in rifled barrels.
     
  10. ohihunter2014

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    I shot the Remington accu tips but were inconsistent and kicked way too hard for me. I shot a small buck with sst in the shoulder blade and got no penetration the slug just splattered all over the place. hit him again in lungs and the bullet sprayed inside.
     
  11. Sunray

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    Slugs are no different than any other bullet. If you're not reloading 'em you have to try a box of as many brands as you can to find the ammo your shotgun shoots best.
     
  12. redneck

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    That surprises me about the hornady slugs not penetrating for you, I have used SST's the last couple years and have never recovered one. Shot a small doe through the shoulders last year from about 50 yards and it left a 1 inch entrance and a 2 inch exit and lots of ruined meat. They do open up a lot but lack of penetration has never been an issue.

    I also like the old Remington copper solids, and may try them again this year if I can find some. They are a little slower than the hornady's but still shoot much flatter than traditional full bore slugs.
     
  13. Panzerschwein

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    Keep in mind standard rifled slugs will work handily in a rifled bore.

    Nothing says "hello Bambi!" like a 1 oz soft lead hollow point Foster. :cool:
     
  14. ohihunter2014

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    I was always told no because they already have rifling on the lead and it will mess it up.
     
  15. Panzerschwein

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    It's been tested many a time to have excellent accuracy. Not sure what you mean by "mess it up" but the purpose of the rifling on a rifled slug is to swage down the bore and choke, not to spin the round.
     
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    Yes, I and my family have deer hunted many years. So in that , Remington makes a good slug to match up to the sst. Also Winchester makes a good slug round as well, and unlike Hornaday you can get both of them in 3" as well!
     
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  18. ohihunter2014

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    lead the barrel up real bad.
     
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    I found a few hybred slugs like rack master and lighfield. I think I will try them.
     
  20. TimSr

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    Typically saboted slugs work better in rifles barrels. The Hornadys seem to get the biggest thumbs up amongst my circle of hunters, in both 20 and 12. I've never heard of the bullet coming apart on impact as described. the half dozen or so I looked at all exited, even the 20.
     
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    my buddy used these was getting groups all touching a 100 yards. Hornady SST

    12-ga-hornady-sst-300-gr-ftx-slug.jpg
     
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  22. d2wing

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    If you have a rifled barrel you should use sabots to avoid lead fowling in the grooves.
     
  23. ohihunter2014

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    found a ton of brenneke slugs, Winchester rack masters, and lightfields. going to try them and see what they do.
     
  24. CaptTripps

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    When I worked in AK I carried my 500 loaded with Brenneke Black Magics, they came highly recommended to me. I never had to use them but the would have worked well. I think they would flat-out smoke a deer.
     
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