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OT Opinion: 12GA slug for Black Bear Hunting?

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  1. brian meyerhofer

    brian meyerhofer TS Member

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    What do you guys think? Any suggestions? I am going to try using my 12 GA 870 for hunting Black Bear out of a tree stand with either 7/8 oz or 1 oz rifled slugs and iron sights.
    Brian
     
  2. jnoemanh

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    Rem 870 loaded with slugs is standard issue for Alaskan game wardens in grizzly country.
     
  3. tjcutter

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    If you plan on shooting 50 yards or less, I can think of nothing better to use. You might want to consider using a scope. It has been my experience that they will tend to show up just before dark when it may be difficult to see open sights.

    Tom
     
  4. 100straight

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    Check these slugs out at the link above.

    Shoot well and often,

    Mark.
     
  5. DB3006

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    12ga slugs work just fine on Black Bears. But I with toms post a scope would be helpfull in low light conditions. It is hard to pick out a spot on all that black fur.

    Dave
     
  6. KelleyPLK

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    Try a .44 mag if your a handgun person . 20 ga with slugs is enough . Black bear arent thick hide or big doned animals . Use of 10ga with 000 buck is what rangers use in Africa on Woulded game .Slugs on water bufalow . And .470 nitro express from a distance . 12ga with slugs can stop anything in North America .





    Pat Kelley
     
  7. Luckyman

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    Absolutely!

    With the new powder and pointed rifle bullets seated inside shotgun wads is what they call slugs these days. I was reading that one guy was shooting shilouette targets out to 400 yards with a Browning Gold, rifled slug barrel and these new slugs...Out to two hundred yards these new slugs in the right gun can take anything in North America for sure and probably most anything in Africa for that matter.....
     
  8. rooferbob

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    400 yards with a slug? Come on
     
  9. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    The gun/ammo combo mentioned by Luckyman will surprise a lot of rifle shooters! I didn't shoot it at 400 yards but I did at 200 and was amazed with such accuracy from a shotgun. Hap
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

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    If you're 870 barrel is smoothbore and uses screw in choke tubes, try a modified with Remington Sluggers, either 2-3/4 oz or 3". These patterned the best with my 1187 with a mod choke tube.<br>
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    As for 2-3/4" or 3", there isn't much difference between the two. The 3" recoils more, but not because of more powder or slug weight. It has more wadding to fill up the space between the powder and the base of the slug, and thick wads do add some mass and thus increase recoil. Try both slugs and see which pattern best in your gun.<br>
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    If your 870 has synthetic stocks, try the Remington R3 pad, which is made by Limbsaver. It's worth the $25 it costs.
     
  11. Luckyman

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    With the new ammo today I have no doubt that you could use a shotgun on Cape Buffalo or anything else for that matter within 100 Yards....A slug is a huge chunk of lead that can crack an engine block at that range.....
     
  12. School Teacher

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    I targeted some of the Wolf 1 oz. rifled slugs in a smooth bore 870 barrel with rifle sights last year with excellent results. With a few adjustments I was dead on at 50 yards and three shot groups were 2" or under. The recoil is severe with a slug so be sure that you have a vest on.

    The Wolf “Power Rifled Slugs” are made in Germany and have a plastic wad that attaches to the slug in flight. They were about $3 for a box of five.

    I did not get a shot at a deer while using the 870 but took a nice buck with a 700 BDL in .30-06 and a Leupold 3x9AO scope. However, I am sure that the 12 gauge slug, within 50 yards, will drop a black bear or deer with no problem. Up close, a 12 gauge slug will probably stop anything that walks, crawls, swims, fly’s or slithers.
     
  13. g7777777

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    The buckhammer 1 1/4 once over bait or inside 75 yards look interesting

    1 3/8 for the 3 inch I think

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  14. blizzard

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    http://www.lightfieldslugs.com/


    These are what I use on Western NY whitetails. click on the vids and watch that buck drop.
     
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