We are blessed today to have a guest post from everyone's favorite blogger Scoutinlife from Scoutinlife's Homestead and Preparedness Blog. His blog is on my regular reading list...and I can't think of anyone else I would love to sit around the fire and chew the fat with. Check his blog out if you haven't already!
Let go back in history a bit shall we, around 78 years ago, the first slugs for shotguns called a pumpkin ball were created; basically a shotgun shell shooting a undersized round ball out the barrel. Unfortunately they bounced down an around the barrel like a pinball before existing the gun. So under these circumstances they proved less than accurate on many occasions I'm sure.
An innovative fellow by the name Karl Foster in the late 30's produced a slug with a hollow point that had ribs on it to shoot from shotguns. Surprising enough, these are fairly accurate a still available at your local stores in many parts of the county for shooting out of smooth barrel shotguns. They replaced the pumpkin ball all together in the pursuit of whitetail deer.
Then the jump into the 50's, manufacturers making shotguns for slugs only, which of course motivated ammo makers to search for a better way for more accurate results when shooting slugs. So with the development of a shotgun with rifle sights or optics caused a need and reason to develop rifled slugs…
With a list of ammo makers from Remington, Winchester, Federal Light field now making 2¾ & 3 inch loads in 12 or 20 guage, the most popular, with the most choices. They even make recoil reduced loads for those needing to lessen the effect to the shoulder when firing slugs.
My advice try a few brands, find which is most accurate in your shotgun, most of us that have shotgun only for deer have at least an upgraded rifled barrel. So feed that the most accurate slugs you find then stick to it period. Slugs seem to shoot much different results from brand to brand.
I prefer the Winchesters Supremes so that is what I have my slug gun set up with and will stick with here on out. Today it common to drop a deer where it's stands 100 yards plus with a shotgun and a rifled slug these days. Combining practice with the gun, finding the best ammo for it and a scope, the ranges could extend farther.
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