Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Scott M

Smoothbore Slug Suggestions

12 posts in this topic

Anyone have any recommendations or suggestions on smoothbore slugs? Should I just ante up and buy the rifled barrel for $150? I don't know if I'll be hunting in shotgun country yet but I do have the option.

I found one article with ballistics comparisons at the NRA website Slug Comparison

Thanks for the help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Buy the Rifled barrel. I can shoot out to 200 yards comfortably. Just practice, because at long distances, you really are playing the drop of the bullet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

there were supposed to be some new bullets. i think they came out last year that would make it seem like it was a bullet coming out of a rifled slug and its supposed to be more accurate than a regular smoothbore but dont know the name.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would go with the smooth bore if you aren't going to put a scope on it. I wasn't going to put a scope on my shotgun so I went with the smooth barrel and rifle sights. I was comfortable shooting as far a I wanted with open sight which was only out about to 80-100 yards. The slugs are also cheaper with the smoothbore and if you do some testing you can find one that shoots good out of your gun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i shoot either brenneke slugs or winchester super X out of my smoothbore. They've killed lots of deer, Another good bullet that my buddy shoots out of his smoothbore would be a federal tru-ball slug.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I second the rifled barrrel. I don't have a scope on my gun, but still like the accuracy at 75 yards (200 comfortably might be a stretch) I would agree with 150, I might have to try 200. Not as much drop or tumble to the slug. Don't feel like you have to buy the rifled barrel right now, you can wait until the time is right. You can kill deer just fine with a smoothbore, many people do every year. I have never heard anyone complain about owning a rifled barrel, just the price of slugs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go with the rifled,,, I shot a smooth bore in younger years, eventually just went to an old mod barrel shot even better,,, but once wise tried rifled,, and can now pound tacks!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What choke should I put in our 20 gauge smooth bore for rifled slugs?

The kids will only be shooting it for one year and then they graduate to a .243, so I don't want to buy a slug barrel.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'ld recommend Imp Cyc or Cyc.

I also prefer brenneke's. There's KO's are the best I've found for the price.

Good luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

just sample a bunch of rifled slugs. they are meant for smoothbore barrles, not rifled barrels. may not be as good as having a rifled barrel, but worth a try.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I shoot a smooth bore 20 inch slug barrel 870 wingmaster it shoots 2 3/4 slugs only and brennike slugs have out performed most all others that I have tried and I do have a scope on this gun and I have taken deer out to 135yards without any hesatation and wouldnt be afraid to pull the trigger at 150 with it. Try and shoot as many differnt brands as you can and let the gun and ammo answer your question.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Smoothbores with the slugs it likes really aren't too bad unless you have long shots all the time - long such as >100yd consistently.

The Federal true balls are supposed to be good, as are the Remington buck hammers. But, like the previous poster said, you have to find the one your gun likes.

Bench testing slugs sucks, but it's the only way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Hoey
      I watched the CO at LOW two weeks ago working between three resort houses.  He was pulling individuals out singularly for questioning, probably due to something suspicious, trying too get the story straightened out.  He was busy, driving his snowmobile from house-to-house, counting fish, etc...  I heard later on that a citation was written for over limit.       I was given a warning about 5 years ago so for not having my DNR # on my house, back when it was required.  I told him "I thought I had one on the house."  We stepped out to look.  Nothing.  Later when i was folding up for the day i spotted on other side of the house, that we did not check, and saw that I did have a number there.  I photographed this and emailed it to the CO who cancelled the warning.     A couple years back the CO checked me.  Asked "if I had fish" and said "no."  He asked some more questions and then asked again about "how many fish I had."  Again I said "none."  He asked me to "show him what I had in my bucket."  I said "here look" and all I had in the bucket was a roll to toilet paper.  Ha Ha.   Another trip I was out in the middle of no where.  i saw a guy on a sled go flying right close by and thought, man that looked like a CO.  A couple hours later, this same sled came flying right up to my house.  I asked for his ID and he was the Sheriff.  I asked "what he was up to" and he replied "that i was missing one of the two permit stickers on my sled."  No warning and I took care of it on my way home.    Many years ago during the crappie run on URL we just got setup and he was at our door.  We told him he was a little early as we followed him out onto the lake.    Another trip there, we were checked on our third night out.  All of a sudden we had a knock at the door.  We did not see nor hear them coming.  "May we come in?"  "Yes."  "Where are your fish?" they asked.  "Why do you ask?" we replied.  Three COs where standing there.  They indicated that by the amount of garbage and beer cans in the trash bag outside the door that they figured we had been there awhile.  They actually opened the trash bag and counted beer cans.  So we showed them our partial limit of crappie that were cleaned and being stored under the fish house.  So they proceeded to put their heads down each hole to have a look around and opened every cooler and duffel bag we had.  They found nothing and thanked us for cooperating.     Always stay legal - the COs are just doing there job and can be on you in less than a moments notice and they can smell what you are up to.  
    • BassThumb.
      Wow. I never considered that.
    • papadarv
      Spent past 4 days (and nights till 2am) on Ottertail one wheelhouse and 4 portables. Bite was next to (0). 5 guys 4 day got 5 eye 14" to 17" and 6 perch 7 to 10". Friday -21 on the lake at 3pm. Pressure at 30.90. Did not move a lot but did some moving 30' to 9'. Saturday bit warmer day made it to 11 deg. Same result moved a lot humps, breaks valleys, 40' to 9'. Marked lots of fish in deeper water and some at 9 to 16'. Resort owner talked to half dozen other villages on west end, All having no success. Pressure never got below 30.28 but temps warmed to upper 20' on Sunday. Not a banner weekend but sometimes "that's fishing" Took a fall on slick icy parking lot week ago, found out today I have 3 fractured ribs. No wonder my right side hurt a bit.
    • Jim Uran
      I've had issues with my Eskimo Z-51 reopening holes, getting caught at different parts along the hole ON occasion. Other times it ripped right though. So my answer pretty much sucks but from experience they aren't the best at opening holes. 
    • curt quesnell
      Very nice weather to be out chasing Walleyes/Saugers. Some extra special good news in this video wrap up