Re: Best slugs for H&R?
I live in South Jersey and belong to a hunting club there. Out of the 26 men in our hunting club, 8 use the H&R UltraSlug Hunter in 12 Ga. 3 of those 8 had 20 ga. UltraSlug Guns and all three had problems with misfires. None of the 12 ga. owners experienced these problems. The three with the 20 ga. UltraSlug guns eventually traded those 20 ga UltraSlugs in on 12 Ga. UltraSlug guns and the misfire problems ceased to exist. I have not seen an explanation of why the misfire problems seemed to exist in the 20Ga. UltraSlug guns only as I have not even heard of anyone with the 12 Ga. version having misfire problems. You would think that any manufacturer would take the same care for all varieties of the same gun . . . at least I would. Quality assurance rules should hold across the board and without exception.
I know this sounds a bit strange but it does not seem to matter that all 8 of us sight-in and hunt with the same make and model gun but they do not all shoot the same slugs best. I have witnessed this myself on several occasions during sight-in day at our range. For example, my UltraSlug prefers the untipped 3" Federal Barnes Expanders as does another of our group. Three other UltraSlug owners do best with the Lightfield Hybrid Elite slugs, and two others prefer the 3" Remington Copper Solids. All 8 of us have tried what works best for the others on more than one three-shot group but the individual UltraSlugs have their preferences and refuse to budge at all.
The best advice I can give is to try the various sabot slugs over time (as your personal finances allow) and see which of them your personal UltraSlug prefers. With the right sabot, these guns are shooters. One member of our club owns and hunts with a TarHunt RSG and while it is an accurate DSG, it is no more accurate than our 12 Ga. H&R UltraSlug guns are.
Most members of our club insist on having multi-shot capability. I cannot understand why because on more than one occassion, I have been busy gutting my deer while they were trying to impress the club members with how fast they could empty their magazines.
Every year I hunt from my tree stand on my brother’s farm in Maryland as well as New Jersey. My very plush stand is located at the corner of a rather large field usually planted to soybeans. When it is not planted to soybeans, he cover crops it with a mixture of clovers. Every 3rd. year he plants it to corn. Last season I took a 9-point at a ranged 146 yds. with my UltraSlug and untipped 3" Federal Barnes Expander slugs. This was (by far) the farthest shot on deer that I had ever even attempted. That 9-point dropped after taking four staggering steps and died right there.
One piece of advice: If you are going to take shots over 100 yds, get yourself a good rangefinder and use it. You will be surprised at how far off your distance judgment can be. I know I was. You might also want to keep in mind just how much wind affects the slug you are using. If it were not a dead calm morning, I would not even attempt long-range shots with my UltraSlug.
By the way, out of the 16 deer I have taken in my life, only two have been at over 100 yds. Most have been at 50 yds or less. Visit the New Jersey pines and you will understand why.
Good luck in finding which sabot slug your UltraSlug prefers. Most of us slug hunters have discovered that there is just no inexpensive way to accomplish this as every gun and even every barrel can be a bit different.
Last edited by TheOldPhart; 11-05-2011 at 08:05 AM.