For many, a shotgun was the weapon we used for our first big-game hunting experience. However, hunter’s today have everything from A to Z to choose from for hunting. Whether it is pump, semiauto or even bolt-action shotgun chambered with slugs for deer hunting, the shotgun is still an extremely popular choice for many of today’s hunters. Perhaps it is because you can purchase a good quality slug-barreled shotgun without breaking the bank. And, despite a few cosmetic issues it may have, your great grandpa’s slug shotgun still is just as reliable today as it was 50 years ago. Finding the right slug ammo for deer hunting is not overly difficult compared with some other ammo issues we see today.
Recoil Reducing Federal Premium Vital-Shok
If you feel like you stepped into the ring and went toe-to-toe with Mike Tyson after shooting a box of slugs, I have some good news for you. There are ammo manufacturers that have done their best to remove some of the “slug” out of their slugs. If you are interested in reducing recoil—and who among us is not?—Federal Ammunition has a great option with its Vital-Shok line. When looking for a reliable, consistent and robust slug to take down game, yet you still need to reduce recoil, the Vital-Shok 2-3/4” TruBall 1-ounce rifled slug, which fires as 1,300 fps, is an excellent choice for a variety of applications. From home defense to deer hunting, the Vital-Shok is a good choice. It is also a great ammo option for smaller framed or young hunters.
Hard-Hitting Lightfield Commander
If you are seeking a sabot round which offers stability and controlled expansion—as well as hard-hitting, knock’em-dead penetration—the Lightfield Commander Impact Discarding PLUS 3-1/2” 12-gauge Sabot round is an excellent choice. Say that fast three times! Because of its post and pressure wad design, which helps stabilize and eliminate tumble during flight, it is often more accurate at greater distances. Although designed for game larger than the average whitetail, the 1-3/8” ounce will nonetheless do the job and then some when it comes to hunting deer.
Reliably Accurate Winchester Supreme Elite
Deer hunting has enough challenges for the hunter to overcome. You certainly do not need to doubt your weapon’s ability nor whether you have chosen the right ammo. When you need a 3-inch steel sabot slug with a velocity and knock-down power of 1,850 fps offering reliable accuracy—and is tough enough to take down large game from deer to North America’s largest carnivore the brown bear—Winchester Supreme Elite 3-inch Dual Bond Sabot Slug comes to mind. Moreover, with the name Winchester behind it, you can rest assured it is a slug you can trust when it’s time to pull the trigger.
Regardless of the slug ammo you choose, chances are you will want to experiment with a few different brands to find the perfect “sweet-shooting slug” for your shotgun. The moral of the story is to be persistent, and try a few different brands to determine what brand you like best for your particular deer shotgun.
What is your best deer hunting slug? Tell us in the comment section?
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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