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Old 08-15-2007, 05:36 PM
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Been using Hastings on 870SP for years, before cantilever barrels. Shot alot of diff. 12ga. slugs and it likes plain old Foster Winchester slugs.
But will shoot most slugs well.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:56 PM
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Jaw3, just curious what kind of actual range you get out of a Foster slug? Maybe where you hunt, range is not really a pertinent point. I have never found any of my shotguns that shot Foster slugs accurately at all. I would tend toward using OO buckshot over a Foster slug. Out here in Idaho, I hunt whitetails in November out in the sagebrush, and the shots often tend towards being greater than 100 yards, and neither buckshot or Foster slugs are up to this task speaking from my past experience. Am I incorrect in my views of Foster slugs??
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:05 AM
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Federal tru-balls keep me under 4" at 50 yards if I do my part (smoothbore). Wouldn't have a problem shooting a deer at 75 yards with them, maybe 100. Sight an inch high at 50, put you around an inch or two low at 100.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:38 PM
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Follower, I usually hunt from tree stands in the pines of NJ. Most shots are 50 yds or less. If I hunt areas near fields or "open" woods. I'll have sabot loads. The BRI's shoot well or Rem copper solids.
I agree Foster's ain't a long range load. Part of my point was not to over look Foster if looking for slug to use.
Reading your post "...H & R Ultra slug hunter..." has me looKing at a slug-rifle.
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Old 08-26-2007, 08:48 PM
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ya know i went with the longer barrel, because i thought it would be more accurate........its not. the only thing different is that it weighs about 3 lbs more, my gun weighs around 10lbs, and dont think your gonna be tough and deal with it, after the first 1/4 mile your gonna wish you have a trailer for the thing.

allin all id say go with the shorty.
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:32 PM
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I have a NEF Deer Tracker II, the "little" brother to the Ultra Slug Hunter. It doesn't have the bull barrel and is much lighter but everything else is the same. It has Iron Sights which work just fine for me but i could have it tapped for a red dot sight or w/e. It has the short barrel and at 100 yards i have 3 inch groups with Iron Sights so don't worry about it being short. Also i love the Barnes Expander rounds made by Federal
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:50 AM
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i havethe 870 20 gauge with the same barrel and i took it to the range this past weekend and put 5 shots in a 2'' group. i havnt noticed any negative differences in the barrel compared to longer 870 barrels
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