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    Best self defense slug round

    In your opinion what is the best 12g slug round out there for self defense?
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    When talking about slugs for HD, the more important question is what type is best for my gun-

    Many people don't realize what to use or smooth bore vs. rifled barrel etc. So, what kind of barrel are you using?

    When talking about that size of a projectile against a relatively weak/soft target (BG's) brand really doesn't matter all that much IMO, as long as it is a quality manufacture. The key is to use the correct ammunition for your gun.
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    Assuming you have the most common HD setup, being a 18-20" smoothbore with either a cylinder or improved cylinder choke, pretty much any Foster-type or rifled slug will work just fine. Stay away from saboted slugs, however--these are designed to be fired only out of rifled barrels.

    Personally, I like Brenneke Rottweils & KO's. However, I also have a .50-cal ammocan filled with Federal, Remington & Winchester el-cheapo slugs that I usually pick up for around $3 a box after deer season ends. The shoot just fine as well out of my 20" cylinder Mossberg.
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    +1 for the above.

    In my 18.5" barreled HD shotgun I just use S&B Foster Slugs. For HD range they work fine and have proven reliable in my shotguns.
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    I have used both rifled and non rifled slugs in my 18" and 28" smoothbore with equal accuracy out to 50 yards, the rifled slugs came into play after 50 yards and with the longer goose barrel. I have also drilled a 1/4" hole in the center and it makes a nast round!! Although I don't recommend altering ammo used for SD.

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    Depending on your living circumstances I would recommend buckshot to slugs due to overpenetration issues. However, I usually use Brennke's and they work fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    When talking about slugs for HD, the more important question is what type is best for my gun-

    Many people don't realize what to use or smooth bore vs. rifled barrel etc. So, what kind of barrel are you using?

    When talking about that size of a projectile against a relatively weak/soft target (BG's) brand really doesn't matter all that much IMO, as long as it is a quality manufacture. The key is to use the correct ammunition for your gun.
    Have to agree with that. Most slugs are 1oz. I doubt the BG is going to care whether that 437 grain slug traveling at 1300+ fps came from a Remington or Federal shell.

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    Federal

    In a smoothbore defense gun try the Federal Tru Ball slug. It has a plastic ball in the base of the hollow slug to help it center in the barrel and fly straight. New technology, very accurate and you can get full power or reduced recoil. We keep the full power ones in the elastic cuff on the defense gun behind the gunshop counter, I keep the low recoil ones in my personal gun. Both shoot fantastic in a smoothbore. A lump of lead is a lump of lead, really. This one has something else to offer.

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    What others have said the BG gets hit with a slug COM and if he don't drop like a wet noodle he's wearing a suit with a big red "S" underneath
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    Quote Originally Posted by cvhoss View Post
    I doubt the BG is going to care whether that 437 grain slug traveling at 1300+ fps came from a Remington or Federal shell.

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    Probably true

    would be used in an 18in Mossberg 500 persuader barrel
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    Persuader, eh? Does it have a buttstock, or is it a pistol-grip only?

    If it doesn't have a buttstock, I wouldn't recommend slugs at all.
    There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.--RAH

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    pistol grip

    but im planning on getting a knoxx breachers grip for it
    ive heard it really reduces recoil alot
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    Quote Originally Posted by bal_g23 View Post
    pistol grip

    but im planning on getting a knoxx breachers grip for it
    ive heard it really reduces recoil alot
    You're better off with shot.
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    Not sure if your set on using slugs but In my gun I prefer 00 Buck..

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    the main load would be Hornady TAP Buckshot
    but I would like to have at least a box or two of slugs laying around if needed
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