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Slower sabots better?

Old 07-02-2009, 05:16 AM
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Default Slower sabots better?

I finally got around to putting a scope on my shotgun. I have been shooting Remington Buckhammers for the past couple years because I just got way tighter groups (with open sights, and yes I have a rifled barrel) than I did with copper solids. However I am not going to shoot buckhammers with a scope because the recoil is ridiculous with those things and I am a little worried about "scoping" myself in the face.

I am wondering if the fact that I got better groups with buckhammers could be an indication that my barrel shoots slower sabots better than high speed sabots. If that is the case are there any slower sabots out there without monster recoil? I am going to try the winchester BRI's, and maybe lightfields? Any suggestions on other slugs to try?
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:59 AM
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Really like those barnes expanders from federal.
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:25 AM
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Stick with 2-3/4 in shells. The Hornaday SST shells are expensive, but typically accurate and not as bad on the recoil as others. Pretty much any 12-ga slug is overkill on deer so just pick a lighter one.
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:25 AM
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Yeah those BuckHammers are real rockers. I don't care for any of the fast sabots either. If your scope is set up right (relief) you shouldn't get any new eyebrows.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:26 PM
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They have a "managed recoil" version of the buckhammer. Maybe that might suit your needs better.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:33 PM
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Like Spaniel, I have found Hornady SSTs (very fast ~ 2000 ft/s) to be super-accurate in Remington rifled barrels. I have used these in 2 3/4 inch shells in my 1100 for several years. The damage done to game is impressive, and the recoil (even off of the bench) is not that bad.

They run about $15.00 per box of 5 shells...
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