View Full Version : Whats a good slug gun model?

September 12, 2007, 07:55 AM
Sorry for the general question... However it would be a lot easier if someone can just give me a list of popular models of slug guns. THat way I can go straight to them and shop for myself. I just want to know who makes rifled barrel slug guns. Thanks all.

September 12, 2007, 03:33 PM
Here is my choices for good slug guns, I use a 870 myself and love it.

September 12, 2007, 03:44 PM
After owning a Remington 597 I would have to say I will never buy a Remington again. However some of those look rather attractive. Berreta makes a nice looking automatic shotgun. However I'm not sure if its rifled or not.

Thanks for the input though!

Smitty in CT
September 12, 2007, 04:01 PM
Mossberg makes several, pumps and autoloaders that have dedicated "slug" barrels. I have a 930 autoloader that has been flawless...



September 12, 2007, 08:34 PM
I have three ithaca model 37 shot guns every one in my family uses them never had any problems always work and last forever . talked to the new owners awhile back these new people really love the shotgun :)

September 12, 2007, 09:31 PM
Thompson Center gets my vote. Compact, super accurate and can change barrels from shotgun to rifle to muzzleloader. Love mine.

September 12, 2007, 11:30 PM
slug guns are personal taste.
I have three WinM97 was the first heavy and reliable, cloverleafed regular 1-1/8 oz Brennekes' slug @ 100yds.
Next is my Ithaca M37 with Deerslayer (smoothbore) with a scope the 1oz brennekes' would be in the black of a 25yd pistol target @ 100yds. lighter weight makes the recoil more pronounced
Then a Moss500 Still group nicely @ 100yds, using brennekes'.
For stand hunting use the M97 or M500, for still-hunting the M37
Have a M37 in 16ga, but no slug barrel for it.

September 12, 2007, 11:35 PM
They beat me to it.
I was going to say "You'll get 1 of 4 camps. Remington 870, Mossberg 500, Ithaca 37, Browning BPS" We've heard from 3 of the 4:D

I'm in the Mossberg camp.

September 13, 2007, 09:29 PM
A5 works all the time!!!

September 13, 2007, 09:38 PM
Aw, heck you stole my thunder. Don't forget the Rem. 1100- the one my kid has is thus far the winner of the slug research right now with 2 shots touching at 100 with Lee slug loads. I just got hold of a Win. 1300 to try the remaining ammo left from the first three guns. If I had to own just one it would be my old A5 or the Ithaca. Only price keeps me from getting a Hastings barrel for the Browning and I think I can convince the spouse I need one in the spring for turkey hunting. CB.

September 14, 2007, 03:19 AM
+1 on Ithaca. If you can find a mod 37 deerslayer, grab it.

Dave McC
September 14, 2007, 07:09 AM
What platform are you using now as a GP shotgun? Fully rifled barrels are available for many popular shotguns, including the pumps cited above.

Good slug guns I've known and sometimes loved include.....

A worked over Mossberg Bolt action.




A-5s and Model 11 Remingtons.


And Ithaca's odd little Super Single L/A in 20 gauge.

Most of these were smoothbores, but racked up lots of venison in typical Eastern cover.

Hastings' full rifled barrels seem to have few dissatisfied owners. One A-5 I know of has one with a low powered Leopold on top. Used for herd control, it's got over 50 deer to its credit.

Black Fly
September 14, 2007, 07:39 AM
I work at a gun counter and have had a lot of very positive feed back from owners of the Savage 210. It's a bolt, and therefore dedicated to only slugs, but its owners are really believers. I have handled them and they are a front lock up bolt. The one's I've handled have all had a blind magazine. Have not shot one myself.
But it's worth a look.

roy reali
September 14, 2007, 07:48 AM
Several years ago I decided to hunt a shotgun only area in California. I wanted a slug gun and wanted to spend as little money as possible. I picked up one of those New England single shots.

This gun cost less then a second barrel for one of my other shotguns. It is very light. While that doesn't help the recoil, I can carry that thing all day. The accuracy is very good too.

If you are looking for a slug gun for occasional use, take a look at the ones made by New England.

September 15, 2007, 03:58 PM
The most accurate I have found to date is a Ithaca DeerslayerII. Possibly the Deerslayer III could be even better.

September 15, 2007, 08:43 PM
Well, pretty much everyone who makes shotguns also makes a slug gun. So it's hard to have a list without just saying - "check all shotgun makers." CDNN Investments had some real good deals (they still may) on some slugs guns - IIRC, the Mossberg SSi single shot slug gun is only about $200 or so - should be very accurate.

I own one dedicated slug gun - a Rem 1187 - though I may get a bird barrel for it too at some point.