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    Default What slugs are best to u all for deer

    I shoot a mossberg 500 20ga with a knock off brand scope but it is good for first year shooting. I'm wanting to definitely sight it in for a hundred yards. I have been shooting a Winchester brand but I prefer hornady slugs. Should I sight my gun in with the ammo I will be shooting or does it matter and I have been seeing a lot about light fields wondering on if ya all can give me a little of advice thank you much.

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    Were it me I would consider using a sabot type round. It seems I've read the ballistics for a sabot are much better than an ordinary slug.
    Yes you would want to use the type of ammo for practice that you would actually be using in the field. Different brands will have slightly different characteristics. Might not be a huge difference but when you only get one shot at a deer you want it to count.
    Is your barrel a slug barrel in that it's rifled?
    An old smooth bore barrel just wont have the accuracy of a rifled one.
    I took my first deer with an old bolt action 20 ga Stevens.
    I still vividly remember being amazed at how it knocked that doe clean off it's feet.
    Then being more amazed when it got up again.
    It only went about 3 steps though and was down for the count.

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    Welcome to the forums. Definitely want to sight in with the ammo you are going to hunt with.
    wtnhunt

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    Default What slugs are best to u all for deer

    Ammo will shoot very different out of the same gun. And I mean off the pie plate different at 100 yards.

    Are you shooting a smooth bore or rifled barrel?

    That will determine the ammo you use.

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    Welcome to the forums. I can't say since I don't have to deer hunt with a shotgun. Wanted to drop in and welcome ya though.

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    Use to shoot a smooth bore on my Mossberg 500 20 ga. Bought a rifled bore to go on it and it shoots great with Hornady SSTs. Like others said you want to sight in with the ammo you'll be using.
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    Thanks everyone for the greeting. And I shoot a rifle barrel. I'm a hooiser hunter also down by the river in madison. I really like hornady but I have heard a lot about light field just wanted to know if anyone has ever tested them out

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    I switched from 20 gauge hornaday ssts to lightfield 3" mags. they seemed to group much more consistent than the sst did in my gun (tc encore).

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    Welcome to the forums. Yes definitely shoot the ammo for practice that you intend to hunt with. Its been a few years since I've slug hunted so I dont know what brand carries the barnes slugs for 20 gauge but those were very accurate rounds.

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    Much thanks to everyone

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    Everyone around here likes the hornady but I have read not so good reviews on the expantion of them.I like the Winchester dual bonded. They hold great patters and the holes they makes are big!

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    I just went with the ho hum Winchester slug myself. They worked well for me the two seasons I hunted in Indiana with my ex-father-in-law. I've even used the slugs down here in Ga to prove a point to friends that the need of a high powered rifle isn't the only gun needed to put meat in the freezer. They've never let me down!

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    I am biased by my own results... I took a 200 yard quartering away shot on a doe (turned out to be a button buck) this past year at Fort Knox in KY (the deer would not stop as it passed me due to all of the shooting / hunters in the area). The 300 grain Hornady SST hit 2" right of point of aim and flipped the deer (which never moved). The slug traveled the length of the deer exiting in front of the right shoulder...massive expansion...

    I have had great results with the Hornady SSTs...

    For disclosure: I shoot a Remington 1100 12-gauge with 2.75" chambers...I have a secondary Remington fully rifled barrel with rifle sights...the receiver has been drilled and tapped and I have a 3-9 x 40 Tasco (it is cheap but works) scope mounted.

    I have been told the SSTs do not perform well from a smooth bore though...

    I like that set-up as the rifle sights provide a back-up system since you are only allowed the one gun at Fort Knox and cannot leave the base for a backup if it fails...

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