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#1 db1775

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  • LocationEssex County
  • Home Range:East Bangor, Bullet Hole

Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:24 PM

Hi guys,

 

I am in the market for a slug gun for use this deer season (hopefully), and would like some opinions. 

 

Right now I am down to deciding between these two, which are where my budget is at:

 

Mossberg 500 Slugster: http://www.mossberg....Nodes=2333,2335

 

H&R  Ultra Slug Hunter Deluxe: http://www.galleryof...px?item=sb2-988

 

 

I was just wondering if there are any pros/cons that I haven't yet considered in using a single-shot for hunting and would appreciate some input from veteran hunters.

 

 

Thanks,

Dan

 


Dan

#2 tj462nj

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  • LocationBayville
  • Home Range:CJRPC

Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:32 PM

I've sold a lot of H&R slug hunters, never sold a Mossberg slugster 



#3 blksheep

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  • LocationOcean County
  • Home Range:CJRPC

Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:39 PM

My brother has a 500 slugster and have taken many of deer with it. The 500 will last many of years.
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#4 jerseygti337

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  • Home Range:SJSC

Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:10 PM

H&r all day. I have a 20ga ultra slug hunter and its a TACK driver out to 100 yards. If your looking for a dedicated slug gun I don't think you will find much better especially considering the price of them.

#5 jerseygti337

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  • Home Range:SJSC

Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:12 PM

I should also add, in all my years of hunting I have never got more then one shot off other then drives with buckshot. As with anything else, shot placement is key.

#6 db1775

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  • LocationEssex County
  • Home Range:East Bangor, Bullet Hole

Posted 28 August 2013 - 12:10 AM

H&r all day. I have a 20ga ultra slug hunter and its a TACK driver out to 100 yards. If your looking for a dedicated slug gun I don't think you will find much better especially considering the price of them.

 

Thank you for the input!! So, 20 ga is good enough for deer? I was on the fence about this too.This would be a gun I might like to eventually pass down to one of my kids, so that is a consideration as well.


Dan

#7 BlueLineFish

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  • LocationBayonne,NJ
  • Home Range:OBRPC

Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:29 AM

You should look into an ithaca deerslayer. Beautiful gun. Forum vendor OMG Customs has one in stock.

#8 W2MC

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  • LocationWaterford Works
  • Home Range:Telco

Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:04 PM

I should also add, in all my years of hunting I have never got more then one shot off other then drives with buckshot. As with anything else, shot placement is key.

If you plan on deer hunting with a club that does drives, you wouldn't want either of those.  You would need a good repeating shotgun that shoots 12 gauge buckshot well.



#9 Jon

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:29 AM

You should really base your shotgun off the land you intend on hunting. If you're in thick cover with shorter(40yds and closer) shots, go with the Mossberg 500 and buckshot. If you're planning on reaching out a bit further, you simply can't beat the value of the H&R USH. Also, as a VERY proud owner of a 12ga USH, buy the 20ga instead. I wish I did, but I'm too stubborn to sell my 12 and replace it now.


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#10 EMT_SAR

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  • LocationEssex County
  • Home Range:Outdoors / GFH WP

Posted 06 September 2013 - 11:14 AM

I'll give you another alternative.  I like side by side 12 gauges, smooth bore for the "occasional" slug hunting.  You can load 12g slug on the right, and 00 buck on the left.  If you miss and they move, you've got a follow up shot well suited for a running or wounded deer even in brush.  The land I hunt on is not open fields and clear, but deep woods covered with brush.  Slugs are great if you cut nice big shooting alleys now through Nov, but I like having a second shot to make sure the animal is quickly downed. 

 

Realistically I don't even find shots out to 60+ yards, as there is too much cover to get a clean shot.  So I'm shooting in the 40 yard range anyway, and a smooth bore side by each shoots slugs to 40 yards very accurately.  Past 40 yards, the pattern isn't as nice. 

 

But like you, I've always wanted a "dedicated slug gun".  I haven't pulled the trigger on that purchase yet. 



#11 W2MC

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  • Home Range:Telco

Posted 06 September 2013 - 11:58 AM

Remember, though, that NJ's hunting regs require rifle sights on your shotgun if you're shooting slugs.  



#12 Jon

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:07 PM

Remember, though, that NJ's hunting regs require rifle sights on your shotgun if you're shooting slugs.  

 

This. Unless you have a rear sight or a scope on that double-barrel, it is not legal in NJ.


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#13 EMT_SAR

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  • LocationEssex County
  • Home Range:Outdoors / GFH WP

Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:48 PM

Yes, you need a rear sight of some type.  A ramp sight is acceptable. 



#14 Greydaddy

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  • LocationFranklin Park
  • Home Range:Cherry Ridge, EFGA

Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:47 PM

S/S, bird shot, buck shot!  Pump or semi-auto, 3 shots slug (with proper sight) or buckshot.



#15 NJdiverTony

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  • LocationHunterdon County, NJ
  • Home Range:SCFGPA & EFGA

Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:43 PM

Ultra Slug Hunter deluxe in 20GA.... GREAT gun.  I've taken deer at 130 yrds with it and it's incredibly accurate.  I've read reports of people being accurate with them out to almost 200 yrds!  Just throw a decent slug gun scope on it and you're good to go.


Tony





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