View Full Version : Shotgun Slug Help

August 1, 2002, 05:35 PM
I need some 411 on shotguns and slugs. I have lived in Colorado all my life and we dont hunt deer out here with shotguns. I have been watching your posts on shooting slugs and I want to gear up and start paper punching with my 12 ga. I own several over and unders so I guess ill use my old Mossey 9200 semi auto. I have a 28" vent rib smooth bore with chokes that go from xxfull down to skeet and all in between. I also have axcess to a 24" barrel with sights and rifleing I can buy for 100 dollars. If I use the smooth bore what choke do I use and what type slug? Or if I pickup the 24" what type slug do I use in it? Can I get any kind of groups with the smoth bore, or should I buy the 24". After I do this for a while I will start reloading. Keep in mind I will not be hunting with it. Just another excuse to go to the range, and something new to reload. I sure could use any help you may want to give up.
Thanks O/U


August 1, 2002, 05:45 PM
Just another excuse to go to the range

I can find a heck of a lot better reasons to go to the range than shooting 12 ga slugs. Youch!!!!!! You need to seek professional help. :D

Seriously, though, most people prefer shorter barrels for slugs. If you get the rifled barrel, you'll use unrifled slugs (sabot I think). If you stay with the smooth bore, rifled slugs will need to be used.

I say get the barrel. It's only $100. You will have a little more flexibility in your choices. Don't expect a tack driver whatever barrel you choose. Slug guns have their purpose which is delivering a maximum amount of energy to the target.

12ga slugs are VERY effective.

Hope some of this jibber jabber helped,


August 1, 2002, 05:58 PM
Actually, I shoot slugs often mostly because that is all nearby pistol ranges will allow. I typically shoot 50 to 100 slugs during an indoor session. Gotta have a good recoil pad.

If I drive 2 or 3 hours to an outdoors range I much prefer to use buckshot or birdshot, and only do a few (maybe 25) longer range shots using slugs.

Shooting slugs will reveal... mostly to yourself... any shortcomings in your mount, cheekweld etc. Reveal as in "hurt".

You might consider starting with Remington Reduced Recoil slugs before moving up to full power.


August 1, 2002, 06:04 PM
Which choke in the smooth bore? And thanks for the help.:D :D

August 1, 2002, 07:12 PM
Generally....modified or even more open.

Whatever gun you use, probably take some ammo sortin to find what that particular individual gun likes. They all have different tastes.


August 1, 2002, 07:24 PM
C.R.Sam--Would mod be as tight as I want to go. I will never shoot any in my O/S but I have a ithica mod 37 with a fixed mod could slugs be used in it? I want to thank you all for the help. When someone needs help on waterfowl hunting or about over and unders, here I am!

August 1, 2002, 07:53 PM
The conventional wisdom is sabot slugs in the rifled barrel and Improved Cylinder Choke in the smoothbore using Forster (Rifled) slugs. My experience mirrors the conventional wisdom. 50 to 100 slugs per session? My hat is off to you.

August 1, 2002, 11:51 PM
Some do, but I wouldn't shoot em through anything tighter than Modified cylinder.. Rather use more open.


Dave McC
August 2, 2002, 04:58 AM
A coupla things about benching and slugs....

First, one absorbs much more energy sitting than standing. I suggest adding weight to the shotgun temorarily, using a wearable recoil pad like the PAST, and paying close attention to your form.

Second, while shooting rifles off the sandbags is mostly tolerable, shoot off your supported hands when slugging. Trust me on this.

The only way to find the best slug for YOUR shotgun is to try a number of them and determine what your shotgun "Likes".

In most cases, Modified(which seems to be a state of mind with some makers,not a concrete and fixed constriction) is the tightest choke one can use with slugs.

As for not hunting, slug hunting has some of the same challenges as bow hunting. A limited shot distance, requiring greater hunting skills,etc. Someone that slughunts ethically and takes good Whitetail bucks on a regular basis is probably a very, very good hunter.