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Old 10-20-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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I need advice for some 3" sabot slugs for my 20 gauge. When I passed hunters ed in 4th grade I got two guns that year; my 870 youth 20 gauge and my marlin 1894fg in 41 magnum. The first time I shot the 20 was at a youth pheasant "hunt" I went to. At the time it was the hardest kicking gun I had ever shot, I was afraid of it until last year. Now I shoot sabot slugs out of my dad's 12 gauge. I'm saving up for a full size buttstock for my 20 gauge. I also plan to get a slug barrel for the 20 because it's much easier to find slugs than any other ammo. Any advice would be appreciated.

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The 20 gauge is the pump gun. The single shot is a 410.

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I have a youth 870 also. I haven't used 3" shells though. The Remington 2 3/4 slugger rifled slugs work good for me.

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Don't bother with 3" shells, if you can't kill it with 2-3/4 shells a 3 or 3.5 won't do it either.

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Don't bother with 3" shells, if you can't kill it with 2-3/4 shells a 3 or 3.5 won't do it either.
You can kill it deader though.
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With a 20 ga there is a huge difference in the velocity of a 3" and 2 3/4" slug. For bang for your buck I like the federal fusion sabots. Winchester bonded sabots are the most accurate in my gun. The federal sabots are certainly accurate enough for hunting. Every sabot I have tried in my 12 ga Mossberg 500 shot under a 3" group at 100 yards. The targets I use for slugs has a heavy lined 3" square in the center. That means every shot was in the square. At 75 yards regular 1600 fps winchester slugs touch the line on the same target.

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Be very certain you understand - You must have a RIFLED barrel for sabot slugs. Sabots through a smoothbore will NOT give satisfactory results beyond 10 yards.

Not all "slug" barrels are rifled.

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The OP should have a look at ammoseek.com there is no shortage of 41 rem mag ammo.

If you buy a new barrel for your shotgun avoid the cantilever barrels. Everyone I know that hunts a lot has had problems with cantilever barrels. You can get a side saddle mount for a scope if your gun is not drilled and tapped.

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