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Old 05-16-2015, 18:54   #1
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Effect of a 12-gauge slug on a steel target?

Shooting at an 8" diameter hanging steel target, 3/8 inch thick, will the slug destroy the target? It is rated for handgun rounds, but a slug is blunt and with higher velocity. Was hoping to get some input rather than just go for it.

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Old 05-16-2015, 19:31   #2
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Probably mess it up a bit. Most of our steel is rifle rated. I do have some older pistol rated plates lying around. I'll try it out and see, curious now.
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Old 05-16-2015, 19:57   #3
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What kind of slug?

A standard 1oz lead slug is hollow, shaped like a cup, and usually just flattens when hitting thick steel plates. I've shot steel pepper poppers with slugs and they just leave a mark like pistol rounds do, only bigger.
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What kind of slug?
I surely would not chance it with a Brenneke. Probably just a plain old Foster slug.
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Old 05-16-2015, 21:09   #5
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Got some 1 ounce Remington Sluggers that look pretty OK...... Might have to give it a try.... for the sake of research.
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Old 05-16-2015, 21:51   #6
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What kind of slug?

A standard 1oz lead slug is hollow, shaped like a cup, and usually just flattens when hitting thick steel plates. I've shot steel pepper poppers with slugs and they just leave a mark like pistol rounds do, only bigger.
Yup. We shoot poppers with sluggers and haven't done any damage.
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I have seen a pistol target with a shotgun slug hole in it. I know nothing about the round or the target.
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Brenneke's will put a good dent in 3/8" mild steel out to 25 yards or so.
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I have seen steel dented by Benke slugs at close range (shot by accident, stage called for shot and a slug was accidentally loaded), Foster slugs just know the steel around. Minimum distance for a slug is 25 yards, but usually I have shot out to 150 yards against steel in 3 gun matches. No real effect on steel from what I can tell.
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Old 05-17-2015, 14:26   #10
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And the survey SAID:

At 15 yards (paced) and on a 3/8 X 8" diameter AR500 steel gong, three Sluggers made a very slight indentation in the face of the gong, and showed only minuscule evidence in the back side.

Next week, time permitting, we shall see how it stands up to a .30 Carbine JSP round.
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