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Old 04-07-2013, 01:24 AM   #1
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This doe season I might hunt with slugs in my 12 gauge remington 870 if there is anyone who uses slugs with this model let me know The details I want the best slugs money can buy

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Old 04-07-2013, 03:23 AM   #2
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Is your barrel a smooth bore or rifled barrel ?
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:02 AM   #3
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My 870 loves light field 2 3/4. They group about 2.5 at 75. It's sighted 3" high at 75. I have a rifled cantilever barrel . My ithaca is smooth bore and remmy sluggers work best in it with open sights. Get a couple boxes of different kinds and see what "your" gun likes best. Everyone's gun is a bit different and likes different loads
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I use Federal 1oz slugs out of the slug barrel that came with my 870 combo. They work great, I'm zeroed at 50 yds although I've taken deer out to 75.

I've taken many deer with these slugs and they go down right there.
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Shotguns can be as picky as a .22lr about what it likes best. If your state allows rifled barrels get one then its still trial and error to what find what you can live with. I will say for a group of us for a shorter range slug , think heavy woods, remington buck hammer shoots well in all our guns smooth or rifled. For a more open shot I like hornady sst 300gr sabots. Good for a 3" 125 yard group zero. Diedly to 200yards maybe a bit farther for me. Scoped of course.
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I had a savage bolt action slug gun and it loved the Barnes/Federal slugs. Those things are awesome on deer!!
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Remington 870 wingmaster smooth bore 28 inch barrel. Winchester 1oz rifled slugs have dropped deer at 200 yards (I admit lucky shot) routinely take deer at 100-130 yards.
Test your shotgun with different brands, usually rifled slugs wont fly very well out of rifled barrels (rifling on barrel wont match rifling on slug)
Sabots work best out of rifled barrels, sight in at distance you expect to be shooting at.
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My Remington Express Super Magnum has a 26'' barrel and its very accurate with just plain old Slugger ammo and a skeet choke tube.
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Buy 1 to 2 boxes of several different brands and try each one out. Go with the ones that give you the best groups at your sight in range. The prob;em with recommending a certain round is that what works in one gun perfectly, may worl like cr@p in the same make, model, and gauge for someone else. A prime example:

i have 2 Mossberg 200Ks one love Winchester 2 3\4 inch 1 oz. slugs, the other one prefers Federal 2 3\4 inch slugs, but both run acceptably with Remington 1 oz slugs in 2\34 inch. Just depends on the gun.

As stated above, buy 'em and try 'em. Best of luck.
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I used to hunt a little with my 870 with non choked smooth bore 20" barrel.I used 12 gauge 2 3/4" rifled slugs, specifically the Winchester Supreme Rackmaster rifled slugs (1 1/8 oz @ 1625 fps) and wow what great slugs, super accurate and one year I knocked a button buck off its feet from 25 yards with no pass through.
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