Links Under Construction --- Administration Only. Eric’s series on “How Far Will (Insert Caliber/Weapon Here) Kill” has been quite the learning experience. Popping a deer with a foster slug through a smoothbore, shooting off the bead was about as a sophisticated approach as using a musket. A modern shotgun slug is a heavy projectile made of lead, copper, or other material and fired from a shotgun.Slugs are designed for hunting large game, self-defense, and other uses.The first effective modern shotgun slug was introduced by Wilhelm Brenneke in 1898, and his design remains in use today. As time allows, I will try at 200 yards, but I doubt that keyholing will be a problem. On the other hand, a slug fired from a rifled bore shotgun generally has an effective range of about 100-120 yards. We can create whatever Sabot we want, for example a .338" caliber. While we don’t recommend taking a shot at a deer at that range, it is impressive that a manufacture has made the effort to assist the shotgun … Some shotgun! Questions about slugs for home defense arise fairly frequently in my mail so, briefly, here is my take on the subject. The "NRA Firearms Fact Book" says: "Shotgun slugs should not be used at ranges greater than about 75 yards. If you move a step ahead and use sabot slugs in a rifled barrel, you can improve the effective range of your slug gun to around 200 yards or so. Long-Range Accuracy: The main draw of the sabot slug is the phenomenal accuracy when compared to a standard slug fired through a standard shotgun.
Using just a plain slug barrel with no scope and rifle sights will yield 5-6 inch groups--on the average-- at the same distance. They state competetive slug shooters get less than moa at 100 yards, and they have personally killed deer at 200 yards. An ideal match for today’s powerful slug loads, these compact and versatile optics feature Nikon’s BDC 200 reticle, precise 1/4 MOA hand-turn adjustments with Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets and fully multicoated optics for maximum light transmission.
His MPR, however, is 200 yards, but he says that 75- to 125-yard shots are routine. Slug Gun Sighting Technique Slug guns must be zeroed (sighted-in) at a distance where the slug will impact the target while still in the supersonic phase of its flight. Firearms I watched a You-Tube video just a few months back, where a guy was shooting a thin steel plate at 200 yards with a 20 gauge shotgun, emplouying rifled slugs. Some shotguns are now made with rifled barrels. I have overcame this with rifles and handguns but still have some work to do with shotguns, probably because of the pellet spread pattern; I can hit accurately with the large patterns but not so well with the single slug. As accuracy improved through the use of saboted slugs, so, too, did the quality of the slugs themselves. Slug loads for home defense. Now, Eric and the IV8888 team tackle what might the the hardest to quantify, the shotgun. Maximum effective range is limited as much by the slug's rapid decay of energy and velocity as by its poor accuracy." For the most part, it was. No other slug gun ammo can come close to the performance of the SST ®. Most slugs become subsonic, travelling less than 1220 feet per second, slightly beyond a muzzle distance of 50 yards, thus making 50 yards the ideal zeroing distance. The SST ® Shotgun Slug delivers true 200 yard accuracy and you'll achieve sub-2" groups at 100 yards. Some practiced hunters use them out to 200 yards with great effectiveness. Holding a scope's horizontal crosswire level with a buck's back should put the bullet into the heart/lung area at 200 yards. I have yet to see a pekholed slug from my 1 in 28 twist barrel, out to 150 yards. The sabot can consistently group well at 200 yards-plus (once you’ve got your brand), which is necessary for hunting big game. With a Mossberg 500 Shotgun and a good scope such as the Hawke, used in the test, you are on level ground with a rifle out to 200 yards. I plugged the ballistics into a calculator, and with a 170 yard zero this load would be up 3" down 5.3" out to 200 yards, and still have almost 1400 ft/lbs at 200 yards, more than enough to do the job. You need to know where your shot is going to go to get that kill shot. The difference in all the values of the effective range is the type of slug and barrel you are using. Nikon has created a reticle specifically designed for the 12 gauge shotgun shooting hunting slugs with bullet drop compensation up to 200 yards. Back when I was growing up, a slug-shooting shotgun was considered the lowest form of deer hunting firearm imaginable. Using a 3/4″ in plyboard as the standard for a potentially lethal wound, even the lowly 22 LR stretches its legs hundreds of yards.