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Slug Guns

10 Quality Slug Guns Under $500

by Doug Howlett   |  September 19th, 2012 4

With state game agencies continuing to limit a whitetail hunter’s lethality both in the countryside and in more urban settings where homes and key deer habitat lie right next to each other, a growing number of hunters are limited to a shotgun (or muzzleloader) during their general firearms seasons. Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, parts of Virginia and other areas all restrict their gun hunters to these perceived shorter-range firearms, and while muzzleloaders can offer more reach, they limit hunters to a single shot and sometimes deliver that moment’s hesitation, snap-cap detonation. Meanwhile, with improvements in both slug barrels and load technology, shotgunners are no longer restricted to the imprecise 75-yard flight of a round punkin’ ball, and with today’s sabots and rifled barrels you can launch a shot with deadly accuracy to an easy 150 yards.

While a lot of today’s shotguns now exceed the cost of a quality rifle/scope combo, the modern deer hunter doesn’t need to borrow against the equity of his home to find a suitable smashmouth delivery system for that next monster buck. Here are 10 options that can all be had for less than $500.

  • starknaked

    This really irks me about all these people complaining about the 12ga. I would rather shoot my 12ga. Ithaca over my 20 ga. mossberg or my H&R 20ga anyday. I think they both kick about the same but the 12 ga uses a bigger bullet with means more knockdown power. A 12ga kick is a whole lot less than a 270 or larger rifle!!!

  • brettmilleroutdoors

    Stark, I don't mind either a 12's or a 20's kick, but I think a lot of people mentally make the 12 hurt more by thinking it should. I've never felt a gun kick when I've got a deer in front or me. I love both my 12 and my 20 Mossberg slug guns.

  • Paul

    Stopping power and reliability – a gun just isn't the same without these. The best part here is that all of them are under $500. Those are killer deals if I ever saw any.

  • Dan Hintze

    the article about the maverick 88 slug gun coming in a 20 Ga with a rifled barrel is completely untrue

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