If you shoot for practice, be sure to use a rest AND EXTRA PADDING FOR YOUR SHOULDER AS RECOIL CAN REALLY GET TO YOU.
One can develop a real flinch in a hurry which will be difficult to get over.
You may want to start with 2 3/4 inch reduced recoil slugs- Remington and Fiocchi make them.
After you gain confidence and can hold all your shots within a 6 inch circle at 50 yards you may want to try different slug brands as each gun has it preferences. You may want to try a few shots with the full barrel as some shotguns will handle slugs well.
The 26 inch barrel is probably the best choice for quick swinging in heavier cover however
The extra velocity heavy loads really do not add anything sufficient except recoil, especially at 50 yards.
When you finally finish tuning, you may want to try Bernneke slugs as they have a reputation for accuracy, especially through open chokes.
One last item, you may want to consider a low power scope or at least some sort of rifle sights as the beads on most shotguns are not adequate for accurate aiming and a quick efficient kills which one owes the animal.
Have fun, don't abuse your shoulder, challenge yourself, and happy hunting.
These are just some ideas that I have found useful.
DO NOT THINK YOU CAN SHOOT 25 + SHOTS IN A SESSION AND NOT FEEL PAIN= FLINCH
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