GREAT POST!!:goodposting:I have a bolt action slug gun with a ported barrel when I shoot from a stand or tower. If you are going to be hunting in heavy cover, I would recommend a pump or auto. For a pump, I like Remington 870 and Mossberg 500. Make sure to get one capable of shooting a 3" shell. Be aware that some have a rifled barrel and some have a smooth barrel. Don't confuse the description of rifle sights for a rifle barrel. If you are going to be putting an optical sight on a gun that is not a single action or bolt action, I recommend getting a barrel with a cantilever mount.
Rifled slugs can be more expensive than rifle ammo. Sabot slugs (for a rifled barrel) can be a few bucks a pop. Here is a tip. If you do decide to get a slug gun, buy one or two boxes of the same lot (box of 5) of three or four manufactures when they are on clearance after the season is over. See which proves to be most accurate. Personally, I like Lightfield EXP (I use 2 3/4 with a 1 1/4 once slug). I started using them years ago because they were the least expensive sabot round at the time (no longer true). This round really knocks them down.
Be aware that wind really affects a slug. Just a 10 MPH wind can push the slug 6 inches at 100 yards. When you sight in the gun, use a distance of 50 yards to set the windage (make sure it is perfectly centered vertically with the bullseye). Use the longer distances to adjust the elevation.
I use these slugs in a Remington 1187 and they are very accurate. Both paper and field. I've heard some people claim they can hit 150+ yards, but I personally don't take those shots. I'm solid from 100 yards and in.slug won' hit paper at 50 yards. had 3 other people shoot 870 same results. shothornaby dead on whats up? people say it's the slugs just got from bass pro could they be bad? thanks bruce
I use an 870 12ga with a smooth bore and the remington managed recoil rifled slugs. Gets the job done with no problem. A box of 5 cost less than $3.50 at Walmart and the kick is practically non-existent. But I wouldn't push them beyond 100 yards for deer and 50 yards for bear.I shoot a Remington 870 20ga. with a Hastings 24" fully rifled cantilever mount barrel. I have a 2.5X20 Simmons scope on it, and shoot Remington "buckhammer" slugs. Its very accurate for a shotgun out to about 100 yards. This is what I have to hunt with in the NY southern zone where i live.