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Sabot slugs

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by School Teacher, Aug 13, 2012.

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  1. School Teacher

    School Teacher Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Louisville, KY
    How many slugs do you plan to shoot each year? There will be a certain amount of cost just acquiring the equipment including the ability to make a roll crimp. Next, you will have to become proficient in loading slugs. This may take some time and effort.

    When I used to deer hunt with slugs, I purchased 5 boxes of 5 of Wolf brand "Brenneke" style slugs for $2.39 each. I shot them out of a Remington 870 smooth bore slug barrel with rifle sights. I shot 3 slugs at 50 yards from a rest and printed a 2" group dead center on the target. A couple of weeks later I took a small buck with a one shot kill at around 50 yards. I still have 4 boxes plus 1 slug left. I only used the slugs as this particular location required slugs. I never went back.

    Unless you plan to use a lot of slugs, I would buy 2 or 3 boxes and sight the gun in. Once sighted in, I would have at 10 rounds (2 boxes) when I went into the field.

    Be prepared for significant recoil.

    Ed Ward
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    If you already reload shotgun shells ... buy a mold for slugs:


    Empty hull + powder + 1 oz wad + slug = about the same cost as your regular loads.

    You really don't need a roll crimp ... your standard crimp works very well!

    BE SURE TO MARK THEM "SLUGS" with a magic marker!!!
  3. scoutmaster

    scoutmaster Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    I reload my own 20ga slugs for about $1.35 per round using the Hornady .45 cal
    FTX bullet. Accuracy is under 1" at 50 yards and 1 1/2 inches at 100

    After sizing and priming the 20ga Hornady hull, reloading slugs is all by hand and worth the effort. Loading data and sabot is available from a gunshop in New Jersey. Try googling "CSS sabots". Ballistic products sells the roll crimp.

  4. brdslayr

    brdslayr Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    Pasco WA
    I've got lots of boxes of slugs from my dads's estate. If anybody wants some for a deal, drop me a pm and I'll set you up. JW
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