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12 ga. deer slug

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by joro, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. joro

    joro NRA Member

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    What's a good 12 ga. slug for deer hunting?
     
  2. To be honest any of them will do the job on a deer.

    Where various slugs shine at are longer distance.Normally rifled slugs are less desirable than sabot/slug combo and then this all is determine if it smoothbore vrs rifledbore.

    fwiw: I've always used remington sabot or brenneke for regular rifled slugs
     


  3. DJ Niner

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    I agree with noway; any of them will do the job.

    However, if your gun is scoped and you want the best accuracy, then testing several brands off a supported shooting rest is a good idea. Like most other guns/calibers, certain combinations will perform better that others, sometimes spectacularly so.

    Be aware that testing slug loads off the bench is about as much fun as going a couple rounds in the ring with Mike Tyson, so most once-a-year shotgun hunters usually just try a couple and use the one that performs best in their limited testing.
     
  4. grecco

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    i use a remington 870 w/ a hastings rifled barrel w/ a cantalever mount.
     
  5. joro

    joro NRA Member

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  6. {i use a remington 870 w/ a hastings rifled barrel w/ a cantalever mount.}

    same here and it's one heck of a setup but heavy as hell.


    {Be aware that testing slug loads off the bench is about as much fun as going a couple rounds in the ring with Mike Tyson, so most once-a-year shotgun hunters usually just try a couple and use the one that performs best in their limited testing.
    }

    ditto..... I was into the fad of checking every SG slug that ever exist until my wallet started to complain and my shoulder start to hurt. Now I found 2-3 I stick with and one is kinda pricey but is okay. For a simple deer, I don't get all crazy on whay I would used.


    Even the el cheapo federal classic foster slug on the shelf at walmart would smack a deer pretty hard and is more than adeuqate for most if not all white deers that I ever seen and true for typical deer hunting yards.

    Most deer will not survive a 435grain piece of lead slung at them over 1200-1500fps, unless they where covered in Kelvar or have a Trauma Specialist close by ;)
     
  7. isp2605

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    You'll need to test various makes in your particular shotgun. Each shotgun is different and prefers its own ammo.
    My 870 smoothbore will run 1 oz foster Winchester slugs easily at 5" at 100 yds. It will also shoot Brenneke KO slugs the same as the Winchester slugs. Federal fosters open up the group slightly. If I try Remington 1 oz fosters it won't keep it in 11"X14" at 50 yds.
    A guy I hunt with also uses an 870 with a smoothbore. His won't shoot Winchester or Remington slugs worth a darn. His likes Federals. I had an Ithaca 37 smoothbore that seemed to like everything I put in it. I carry a 20 ga Mossberg as an extra deer gun and it likes Federal the best closely followed by Winchester.
    My 12 ga Hastings barrel likes Benneke KO and Federal Power-Shok. It will shoot Hornady SST 300 gr but then throw a flyer about every 5th rd. It doesn't like anything made by Winchester.