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Torquemada
September 29, 2002, 06:04 PM
Took a group of people shooting this weekend. Had one box of Mini slugs and a Benelli Nova (among other things).

First-timer: (I load) fire, wow, fun!
Second-timer: (I load), fire, wow, fun!
Wife: (I load), grimace, fire, wow, fun!
seasoned Father-in-law: frown, load, fire, wow, fun!
seasoned friend: grimace, load, fire, wow, fun!
me: hey, this IS fun and BTW, wow!

Granted, this was at the 25-yard line as the 100/200 was full all day and we were hurting paper only. Negligible recoil, big holes, instant feedback as to where you hit vs. where you were aiming. Took the second-timer trapshooting later, he got 10/25 once he settled down (he was rushing and fumbling, the RO got him settled).

Great fun and worth the money at ~$6.50 for 20 slugs. Next time, I hope to try them at 50-yard and 100-yard. Very useful as a training tool (better than 3" Magnum slugs :D ).

BTW, S&B slugs kick less than Brenneke KO although the holes are the same :)

leadbutt
September 29, 2002, 06:13 PM
Did you have any trouble in them feeding? Tried them in the 870 and they tend to hang up.

Torquemada
October 1, 2002, 01:04 AM
Irrelevant at the time because that range only allows one round at a time in non-.22 long arms.

Tried cycling tonight, had to keep barrel pointed up ~15 degrees and still had occasional failure-to-eject but no failure-to-feed as long as the barrel was pointed upward. At one point, I had two mini slugs trying to fit into the same space :D . So I would say NO they don't come anywhere near reliable, and I wouldn't keep them loaded for Home Defense. I may put one or two into the nylon side-saddle shell carrier (it's loaded 4+0 with 00 buck at home), since I have the magazine cut-off if necessary.

Realistically I don't know how well I could load the minislugs in a crisis situation, but I like the option. Better than 2.75" slugs in the house, as I have neighbors very close by (and frame/drywall/siding construction).

Double Naught Spy
October 1, 2002, 08:37 AM
According to Aguila's site, they do tend to be problematic in some makes of guns, but they have fixes for that. Supposedly, on gun company is designing a special shotgun designed specifically for the little rounds.

nashgill
October 1, 2002, 09:21 AM
I believe I just read an article (either shooting times or the NRA magazine) about these little guys and it seemed to indicate that it wasn't too reliable a feeder on stock shotguns but there were some parts available to fix this.

9mmMike
October 1, 2002, 03:42 PM
Yup.

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=131586

:)

Kevan
October 3, 2002, 07:52 PM
According to the web site for Aguila, the mini-shells function "flawlessly"---their word---in Winchester Defenders. I haven't gotten a chance to try them in mine, though.