Slug gun advice/Help

Discussion in 'Long Range Shotgun Slug Hunting' started by coyotewallace, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. coyotewallace

    coyotewallace Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Ok, I'm looking a bolt or Semi Auto slug gun for this years deer season. Any advice. I would be game for maybe and encore if that would be the best way to go but any help would be great..thx
  2. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007

    I switched to an encore 20 ga and do not regret it. New 20 ga slugs can do 200 yds easy.

    Only issue with slug guns is finding the right slug which can take some work and $. What shoots like a house afire in one, looks like "patterns" in the next. I have also found that 3" slugs are really not needed and the 2 3/4 normally group much better.

    Start with $3 box win or rem to zero scope and get on paper and then 2-3 shot groups. would recommend two of you team up and split a box to find what shoots in your gun.

    Would also highly recommend the Nikon BDC reticles with the slug gun


  3. WunderDog

    WunderDog Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    I would recommend the Savage 210 bolt action slug gun. It will not break the bank and is very accurate. Mount a scope on it, figure out what it shoots and as long as you are okay with a dedicated slug gun, you are set. Mine shoots well with Winchester Partition Gold slugs, though I am thinking of trying to switch to the Hornady SSTs as these are the same bullets I shoot in my muzzleloader and I have found a good supply of them at a much more reasonable price.
  4. 7mmSendaro

    7mmSendaro Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2007

    IMHO, the H&R single shots are the best gun for the money. Our hunting group has a total of 6 of them in 12 gauge and 20 gauge and all shoot fantastic with Lightfield slugs in both gauges. They have extremely heavy barrels which I'm sure helps with the accuracy but also tames recoil. My 8 year old shoots his 20 with no problems. At around $175-$200, you can't beat them.

    Let us know what you get and how it shoots.
  5. killahog

    killahog Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    Slug gun

    If you are actually looking for the (best) slug gun In my opinion it is the Tar Hunt. go to Lightfield Sabot Shotgun Ammunition Slugs & Tar-Hunt Custom Hunting Rifled Barrel Rifle Slug Guns. Less Lethal Wildlife Control Ammunition.. I would suggest you consider a Savage 10ml muzzle loader you can shoot smokeless powder and in field conditions get sub 3 inch groups at 200 yards. I have never found a slug gun that can come close to that level of accuracy. I currently carry a Remington 870 with a Hastings slug barrel, when driving deer for my friends. I own the savage 10ml and use it for whacking does in the late season. I never have a buck tag after November 15 I harvest them with my bow every year.
  6. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2001
    Just to make things difficult, I'll give you a totally different opinion:

    Why not use an autoloading shotgun? All the autoloaders help reduce recoil which can be significant with some of the newer flat-shooting slugs. An autoloader will also allow you to switch barrels so that it will also work well for turkey hunting or shooting migratory game birds.

    I have a Remington 11-87 that has no problem keeping every (preferred) slug within 3" @ 100yds. Easily minute-of-whitetail. I've got 2 additional barrels for the 11-87 and have found it to be extremely versatile.

    Just a thought while you're shopping around for ideas.
  7. coyotewallace

    coyotewallace Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    thanks guys some really good input
  8. Tracer

    Tracer Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2006
    CoyoteWallace....I would steer you in the direction of a Remington model 870-Express Combo, which comes with a rifled slug barrel for that pump action. I myself limit my shots to 100 yards with iron sights. I can hit a 9 inch pie plate at that distance, most of our shots are well under 60 yards. I once cut a 3 inch sappling in half and still got my buck as it ran passed. The slug made a very nice silver dollar exit wound on the buck's off side.
  9. Ring

    Ring Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2004
    since for some odd reason, i cant start a new thread in this sub forum, ill ask here

    i have a 1187 12ga, with cantilever bbl and rifled choke tube.

    last trip to the range, i tried some federal premium Barnes® Expander® Tipped

    they came out sidways, not stable at all

    tried Speer . Fusion, the didnt fly sidways, but count get it to group either

    tried a few Winchester Super-X sabots, not great eiter

    any ideas?

    anyone use a rifled choke tube have luck with anything?

    would standard slugs be better?

    would slugs be more accurate out of a improved cylinder, or the rifled tube?
  10. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2005
    I can't start a new thread in this sub forum either.

    Does anyone have any comments on the Mossberg 20ga 500 pump slug gun?

    A friend of mine is looking at it for deer season this year.

  11. BHP9

    BHP9 Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    I think your problem with the Barnes slugs is that the barrel should be fully rifled as the slugs aren't spinning fast enough.

    Try loading the Lyman sabot slug, alsdo try an improved cyl choke tube or even a mod.