Re: ANYONE HAVE OPINIONS ON H&R ULTRA SLUG?
Until recently I lived in South Jersey where 50yds was a long shot in the deer woods. Then I moved to Wisconsin where there were numerous clear-cuts that offered shots up-to and including 250 yds. I discovered that my smoothbore Remington 11-87 that stood me in such good stead in NJ was not working in Wisconsin where I regularly hunted. I built a tree stand at the edge of a clear-cut that offered 200 yd shots so I bought a 12 Ga. H&R Ultra Slug and a Nikon 3x9 scope to go on it. A co-worker suggested that I try several different sabot slugs to see which grouped the best. What I discovered was that they all shot very well at 50 yds and that all of them would shoot well enough to kill deer at 100 yds. It was out beyond 100 yds that I started seeing a big difference. Anyway, it ended-up that my gun preferred 3" Winchester Platinum Tips with the Winchester Partitioned Gold a very close runner-up. Here is the strange thing: at 100 yds, the best performer was the 3" Federal Hydra Shok. At 100 yds I can consistently shoot either a single jagged hole or a clover leaf . . . CONSISTENTLY! But at 150 and 200 yds these sabots fall to is distant third and fourth. You really have to shoot every sabot you can lay your hands on and you have to try them at different ranges. One more thing: don't assume that the 3" sabots will out perform the 2 3/4 inch of the same variety. I found out that is not necessarily so as well. Gun to gun, make to make, model to model, and even barrel to barrel you will see different preferences. The only way to know for sure is to spend a small fortune and try them all in your particular gun. But to answer your question, I love my 12 Ga. H&R Ultra Slug. I honestly would not trade it for a truck-load of Weatherbys. I've taken 6 deer in 2 years with my Ultra Slug including a 6 point at 192 ranged yards. That 6 point didn't go 20 feet after being hit and the Platinum Tip performed beautifully at that range.
Last edited by BearSnot; 01-12-2011 at 12:55 PM..