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I've shot two boxes of buckhammers out of my fully rifled scoped 870 from 75 yds and can't get good groups. I think it might be some shooter error but the groups are over 10 inches and others have shot my gun with somewhat same results. I bought two boxes of Hornaday sst today and am going to try to see if i can get better results with these. If you have any other suggestions i would be happy to take them thanks!
 

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The buckhammers are a rifled slug which isnt what you want to use in a fully rifled barrel. Look for sabot slugs for it like the Hornady's you bought. They shoot very accurately out of mine. I have taken a lot of deer with the Winchester Super X sabots as well.
 

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I think you are thinking about the sluggers, they are rifled. Buckhammers are designed to be shot out a rifled barrel or rilfed choke tube. The slugger ont he other hand is a rifled slug.
 

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I think you are thinking about the sluggers, they are rifled. Buckhammers are designed to be shot out a rifled barrel or rilfed choke tube. The slugger ont he other hand is a rifled slug.
You're right. The sluggers are rifled and I figured the buckhammers were rifled to but apparently not. Remingtons website doesn't say they are sabot slugs though, but they are designed for a rifled barrel/rifled choke tube.
 

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I had the same issue with my Rem 1187 20ga. It did not like remingtom ammo go figure. I tried several diffrent brands and found it liked the Hornady SST the best. It was expensive to figure out what it liked but it was worth every penny when I pulled the trigger on a nice 8 pt buck and he went down less than 75 yards from where he was hit. If you don't have confidence in your equipment or your ability to preform with it, don't use it. Master your equipment and you will minimize the heartache of misses of bad hits.

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in my experience and through conversations with mossberg, shooting a rifled slug through a rifled barrel isn't what you want to do. the lead in the slug is so soft it pushes through the barrel filling the groves with lead. if you are shooting a fully rifled barrel, for the best accuracy and consistency, you must shoot sabots. i used winchester gold tips in 2 3/4" and use a mossberg 835 with a fully rifled barrel and a bushnell scope and would not hesitate on a 125 yd shot with a good rest. it took me a while to find the ammo that seems to "fit" my gun, different brands, grains, etc. good luck, it can be frustrating but once you find the combo you'll be good to go!
 

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Make sure you discard any shot that comes out of a clean barrel too. If your barrel is clean, shoot at something off target first, then look for patterning.
 

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Hey indy08,
My first problem was the mounts or the bases always worked loose so maybe just start there and use a little locktite on your screws. As for sabots the sst by hornady and the winchester plat tips seemed to work well. but the real difference was when i decided to get real serious and get a slug gun with an adjustable trigger and bought a savage 210 bolt for 125 bucks and worked it up from there. Hunts seem so much easier now. Lots of luck but be safe!
 

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Hey indy how did you make out?

From your post a while back you were having problems tightening up your groups. How did you make out with that?
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looking for good sabot slugs

I shoot an H&R heavy barrel with Rem accu tip slugs and also use lightfiield 20 gauge. Both are absolute tack drivers from this gun at 75 and 100 yds.
 

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i dropped my first deer with my Mossberg 835 loaded with the Remington CopperSolids. not a fan of remington ammo, and dont hunt with the mossberg any more other than turkey. that doe never knew what hit her. the Hornady SST's are great in the 12 ga. just depends on YOUR gun. my 835 might like one ammo, and your 835 might not. just depends on how much recoil you can handle.
 

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the 835 is the one with the smooth over bore isn't it? if it is they aren't made to shoot slugs. the 535 is the same gun without an over bore.
I've heard the the non-slug models of the 835 are overbored, but the slug models aren't. I've never really understood the advantages of an overbored barrel though.
 
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I just found this website and it is great! I wtenad to make a comment about Wolf ammo. I have a Weatherby .308 and a Marlin MXLR .308 Lever. I bought about 400 rounds of Wolf and took both to the range. As you know my Marlin uses only one brand of bullet. After the range, I cleaned both rifles and the Marlin was dirtier than the Weatherby using the Wolf ammo, in spite of fired more than the MXLR. In fact, there was not too much dirt on the patch. Just thought I'd share.
 

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yes. the factory 835 turkey barrel will explode if you shoot a slug out of it due to being overbored. thus, i picked up a rifled slugger barrel for it...lol..... wasnt going to go against the recommendation to not shoot slugs out of the Ulti-Mag barrel..
 

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the difference in the overbore/non is huge. dads 870 remington is nice, but cant hold the groups at distance that the overbore can. and with the ulti-mag choke, it makes a hell of a difference.
 

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I use Winchester Super X BRI Sabot Slugs 50 Cal. XRS12,12 Guage,2.75",1350 FPS,1 oz. slug.Shot from a Remington 870 Special with a Hastings rifled barrell using a Tasco 3 X 9 X 50 scope with see thru rings.Out of a 3 shot group 2 (shot one and three) were over lapping 1.5" low dead ceter and one was 2.25" high and 1.5" left of dead center.
 
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