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Effective variety of 20ga slug?
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November 27, 2014, 12:53 AM#1

Hi all. Ns am thinking of gaining a youth 20ga because that my kids and also bambi. I already have a .243, however need 2 guns to hunt through for them. How much selection would a 3 inch 20ga slug be lethal for? likewise my knowledge is you have the right to use them through normal barrells as long as it is no a full choke. Is the correct? thank you.

November 27, 2014, 07:23 AM#2

I to trust my 20ga 870 with a Remington rifled/cantilevered barrel come 75yds. Its specific well past that through Hornady SST sabot slugs but you really start losing that knockdown strength for a fast kill. I additionally like the Federal blend 3" sabot slugs yet thats gonna have actually a an excellent bit of kick for a young/small kid to shoot. Keep in mind that sabot slugs space not cheap!! Hornady"s are selling for $13 a crate of 5 local
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If you stay with a smooth bore and also shoot rifled slugs it will certainly be cheaper however a great bit less accurate. Usage an "improved" choke for a smooth bore and also rifled slugs.Good luck come you! mine 13yo boy hunts deer v a 20ga Rossi single shot. I noticed the Gander has them top top sale today for $130! thats a cheap method to get your child in the woods and spend time with them
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The slug will execute the task at 100 yards, however the gun and the shooter have to be able to put the cheese in the ideal place. In my experience, you have actually to find the right mix of choke and also slug for best performance. I have actually seen a smoothbore addressed modified choking barrel shoot fantastic groups in ~ 150 yards and also a bead sight. I might get 8" teams - about twice as bad as the owner. The was with standard Remington rifled slugs. I have never seen an additional smoothbore mix that was almost everywhere close to the one.Eons ago, I had a Mossberg 20 bolt action, and also with the C-Lect choke set between IC and also Modified, that point was terrific slug gun through standard Winchester slugs out come 75 yards. V Remington slug I wouldn"t have actually trusted it to 50 yards, and with Federal perhaps 60. That was the just thing ns ever found that total was great for.Good luck.