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Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by rob1990, May 4, 2013.
I just got a shotgun and would like to know what the best rifled slug is for the money.
I would recommend the Winchester 15 round value pack. You can get them just about anywhere. They are the basic Foster slugs but they are more advanced now. When they first came out you were lucky to hit the target at 50 yards. Now since they are improved over the old ones, you can put a full box within a 4 inch circle at no more than 75 yards with the 2 3/4 shells, 100 yards with the 3's but you have to be able to place it. The Max yardage also depends on barrel length. With a 26" you should be fine with the 2 3/4 shells. If you have a 28" I would recommend the 3's. The value pack slugs are between $11 and $15 for a 15 round box depending on where you get them. Hope this helps!
PS. What gun did you get?
I don't agree with the 2 3/4" and 3"thing.....from my experience the 2 3/4" slugs are more accurate and I have killed deer at 100+ yards with them...I don't see the need in a 3"slug unless you are shooting out to 200 yards with a sabot slug
Thanks. Just got a cheap stevens 320 12ga. Somthing cheap to mess with.
What barrel length?
Pretty sure its an 18inch
Is your Stevens the one with the pistol grip and the bead or the one with the sights and the receiver that looks like one off an ithica or bps?
Yea it has the fullstock with the pistol grip. And bead site
It's the 320 and I have looked at that gun before at Walmart. If you want a good HD load get the Winchester pdx1. It's 3 00 buckshot pellets and a 1 ounce slug in the same shell. If a guy breaks in to your house, that load will mess him up.
I use the Remington sluggers 2 3/4". I see no advantage to using the 3". I've killed 2 does so far with sluggers and they can do some damage. They only work good in a smooth barrel and pattern pretty good for just using a bead sight.
This has been my experience as well. Nothing fancy and very effective.
I like the Winchester 15 round bargain packs. I use the 2 3/4" for sighting the gun in and target practice. My gun shoots both very well. I have a Mossberg 500 with a rifled barrel. I have a 4x fixed power scope mounted on the pump gun.
If you have a rifled barrel you can get a lot more range from sabots. I have good luck with federal fusion and the Winchester 300 gr sabots.
Standard Winchester super x rifled slugs work better than Remington slugger from my experience. 2" groups from a 24" break over with those. Now Winchester makes rack master slugs. Higher velocity, more aggressive rifling, & 1650fps from a 1 1/8 oz foster slug with winglide plastic stabilizer out of a 2 3/4" shell. Idk what the accuracy is like. Federal makes slugs with truball technology. Basically a ball bearing between the slug & wad so it can move freely & be more accurate. They also offer a high antimony lead version that's copper plated for deep penetration. If a basic rifled slug can do good I'm sure they do too. I'll post a pic of internals from the slugs.
Left to right: Winchester super X 1oz hallow point rifled slug 2 3/4", Winchester rack master 1 1/8oz hallow point rifled slug 2 3/4", federal premium deep penetrater 1oz hallow point rifled slug 2 3/4", federal premium 1oz hallow point rifled slug 3".
Btw the 2" group I spoke about was at 100yd & the deep penatrater is not hallow point
Buy a 15 round pack of both the Remingtons and the Winchesters. Set up some targets at the ranges you will be most like;ly to fire on an animal, and check group placement and size. Go with the one that performs best with your shotgun.
As far as 3 inch slugs go, don't bother with them would be my advice. I have hunted with 2 and 3\4 and 3 inch in the past, and the 2 and 3\4 will kill a deer just as dead. As to the more or less accurate claims, it depends on the shooter and the gun. With my 870, the difference is about a half inch at 50 yards, my wife's 500 is about the same, still well within minute of deer IMHO. Bigger powder charge and more velocity with the 3 inchers are the main difference, not really worth the heavier recoil at 50 yards and under IMO.
Basically, see what the gun likes and go with it.