went to the range today, and returned a much happier man...
Stopped at wallyworld to get some slugs, and ended up with 2 kinds. Remington 2 3/4" rifled slugs, and Federal vital shock 2 3/4" rifled slugs.
Started off with the Remington (as they were cheaper) fired at 15 yds with bead site, and noticed two very distinct and polar opposite holes; one where I aimed, and the other about 8" below my aim. Tried again, thinking I was just seeing stuff, and had the same results. So, something was blasting its way right along with my slug (wadding?)
Switched over to the Federal (and as a result, got rid of my phantom hole issue), and got settled in to firing with the red-dot. Took me a little bit to get used to adjusting it, but once I had it dialed in, I was golden!
My Knoxx SpecOps stock made a huge difference in my shoulder. I was able to go through many more shots before my shoulder started to feel anything. With the stock that came with the gun I was feeling the effects almost immediately.
No pictures, as I am camera-less. When the girl gets back from Omaha in a few months, I'm taking her to the range, and we're getting some footage