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Old 02-18-2013, 19:50   #1
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Fn slp

For a while I wanted a shotgun but unfortunately I had surgery on my hand and wrist about a year ago, so I pick up a Weatherby PA 459 (very nice shotgun for the price). Browsing through the local classifieds to my surprise I found a like new FN SLP with a Nordic components charging handle, Mesa tactical side saddle for a decent price so I decided to get it. The only issue was that it was almost double of what my initial budget was, just a few days ago took it to the range and all I can say is WOW and my wrist did not hurt like my pump did.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:50   #2
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Congrats! I used to shoot pump guns, but now that I've got a reliable Saiga and Mossberg SPX, I'd be hard pressed to go back. It's a lot more fun to shoot the softer recoiling semi's.

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I have a FN SLP with a Leupold Data Point. I like it real well but it is "spendy".

Recoil reduction is noticeable. I see where Jerry Mileuk uses a Mossberg auto. It cost less and if he will use it it must be able to hold up.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:00   #4
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I looked for one of the Mossberg JM for a while but did not find one, found several 930's but the prices were very close to the SLP so I went with the SLP.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:50   #5
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I was patient and found a used 930 before the recent panic. I like the FN's and have a buddy who's tried about everything and says that it's is favorite. Enjoy!

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:00   #6
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Love my Benelli M4 and my M2 Tactical.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:25   #7
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The more I shoot it the more I like it, at this point it has taken the place of primary HD tool.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:00   #8
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I want one bad but I'm stocking up on lowers and mags right now.


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Old 03-14-2013, 10:20   #9
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I've got around 1400 shells through my SLP Mark I. After the first ~50 shells, it's been 100% reliable. Great gun.

If you have a chance to strip and compare the build quality of these guns, it's obvious why the Mossberg 930 is a cheaper gun. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I was quite happy to pay a few $100 more for the FN. Now the M4... that's a work of art.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:31   #10
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I've got around 1400 shells through my SLP Mark I. After the first ~50 shells, it's been 100% reliable. Great gun.

If you have a chance to strip and compare the build quality of these guns, it's obvious why the Mossberg 930 is a cheaper gun. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I was quite happy to pay a few $100 more for the FN. Now the M4... that's a work of art.
Yes you can see that is a very well made shotgun but what has impress me the most is how smooth cycles.
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Old 03-16-2013, 23:42   #11
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The FN SLP is based on the Winchester Super X2 action. My SLP is set up just like yours only it has the Tri-Rail too. The Mesa Tactical and the Nordic components are the gold standard IMHO... you're good to go with this setup.
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Ran the SLPs for about 2 years and they are a solid and reliable platform. For light birdshot, the recoil spring is a bit much for the first 1000 rounds or so. You can leave it locked open in the safe for a few months and that will help.

A few tricks...

Radius the shell extractor notch and chamber edge on the barrel, especially if you weld up the lifter.

Be gentle with the trigger pins as they can tend to open up a bit with many ins and outs.

Check for over-insertion of the magazine tube. If there is a sharp lip, then you can use a dremel to smooth it up.

Don't do the Surecycle. Beats up the gun too much after broken in and just overcomes the initial issue of the strong recoil spring. After 2K rounds or so, all of our SLPs would run light target 100%.

Sight acquisition and weight improvement by hacking off the rail if you don't want to run an optic.

Not better or worse than the M2, just different. However, the M4 and Versa-Max are at the top of the food chain.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:01   #13
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I love my FN slp!!! As stated... I had a few hickups with low brass, however, after a couple hundred rounds that issue cleared right up. Now it fires anything with out issue. I actually walked into the gun store expecting to purchase a benelli M4 now I'm glad I have the fn!!
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Their nice but I had one didnt like any ammo except 00 buck and still was finicky with that. Got rid of it for a benelli m4. A co worker of mine swears by his slp so maybe mine was just a weird one. Have fun blasting away. What type is it the 18.5 or the 22"?

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Their nice but I had one didnt like any ammo except 00 buck and still was finicky with that. Got rid of it for a benelli m4. A co worker of mine swears by his slp so maybe mine was just a weird one. Have fun blasting away. What type is it the 18.5 or the 22"?

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Don't know if you were asking me, but I have the 22" tactical version.
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Their nice but I had one didnt like any ammo except 00 buck and still was finicky with that. Got rid of it for a benelli m4. A co worker of mine swears by his slp so maybe mine was just a weird one. Have fun blasting away. What type is it the 18.5 or the 22"?

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My experience with the SX2 Practical is that even with the "light" piston, if you stay with 3 drams and 1 1/8oz of whatever, it will cycle like a champ. Anything lighter than that was iffy, even in an M2.
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Don't know if you were asking me, but I have the 22" tactical version.
Yes, I was asking you the op. I was curious as to what model you had. Ive heard that the 22" is the preferred model for just about everything.

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My experience with the SX2 Practical is that even with the "light" piston, if you stay with 3 drams and 1 1/8oz of whatever, it will cycle like a champ. Anything lighter than that was iffy, even in an M2.
My SLP Mk I has been flawless with the light piston and any 2 3/4" shell that's 3 dram or heaver. For the first 100 shells or so, it would short stroke with some of the lighter loads, but not anymore.
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My SLP Mk I has been flawless with the light piston and any 2 3/4" shell that's 3 dram or heaver. For the first 100 shells or so, it would short stroke with some of the lighter loads, but not anymore.
Once you get to about 1K or so, it will run 2 3/4 dram loads 100%. In fact, it will run the 2 3/4 dram loads with the heavy piston once you get to about 2.5K rounds. Then you can run the heavy piston and shoot buck and slugs intermingled with birdshot and increase the longevity of the shotgun.
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Once you get to about 1K or so, it will run 2 3/4 dram loads 100%. In fact, it will run the 2 3/4 dram loads with the heavy piston once you get to about 2.5K rounds. Then you can run the heavy piston and shoot buck and slugs intermingled with birdshot and increase the longevity of the shotgun.
Will have to try that. I'm at ~1500.
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