First day was a deer and second was a coyote. Deer was shot at 45 yards and coyote was shot at a little over 30 yards. I was using a Remington 870 with 26" smoothbore and bead sight, 1 oz Remington rifled slugs. The deer ran maybe 10 yards and was done and coyote didn't go anywhere. The slug did quite a bit of damage on both animals.
Post by wilmsmeyer on Nov 30, 2012 17:46:10 GMT -5
Big lead pumpkin balls are nasty projectiles. Huge holes. Up close they are going fast. These slugs may be one of the biggest "stoppers" of all time up close. 437 grains of muscle with a huge surface area.
Yes they are not MOA type loads but some barrels shoot them fairly good (like 4-5" at 100 yds) to make them a viable short range powerhouse smasher.
When placed right, these loads are crazy powerful.
I agree wilms, This gun with a improved cylinder will drive tacks (pretty much one big ragged hole) at 50 yards with Remington 2-3/4" 1 oz sluggers. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot out to 75 yards or so either but not much farther because of the bead sight. I had my rangefinder out at each of my stands and struggled to find an open shot I would have at anything much over 60 yards. I have never had a deer run very far at all and most either drop on the spot or make it around 10 yards with a set-up like this.
I will take a coyote every time I see one regardless of what I am hunting. The problem is that they have exploded in this area that I hunt. We have seen them almost every time we have been out hunting this year. I am looking at getting a call and setting up with the shotgun again this late winter if I get the time.