Re: ANYONE HAVE OPINIONS ON H&R ULTRA SLUG?
After reading all of the above posts I have to agree with "TooDamnedOld" and "BearSnot". These H&R Ultra Slug guns shoot really well once you have found which sabot slug in which length they prefer. I hunt NJ, Delaware, and Ohio every year with the same group of 4 guys (5 of us all together). We have hunted together for over 20 years now. All of us own and use 12 Ga. H&R Ultra Slug guns and together these guns have accounted for quite a bit of good meat. Last season, we took a combined 11 deer. The shots were anywhere from 20 yds to 205 yds. Those of us who prefer to hunt from stands use rangefinders so we know exactly how far we are shooting. My tree stand in Ohio is located at the edge of a large field and offers shots from 20 to 250 yds. My Ultra Slug prefers the 3" Winchester Partitioned Gold for shots over 100 yds. If I get shots at 100 yds or less, I use 3" Federal Hydra Shok. Since the majority of shots I get are 100 yds or less, I usually keep my gun loaded with the Federal Hydra Shok but switch to the Partitioned Gold if a more distant shot presents itself. Since I hunt from a pretty plush tree stand, when the deer is farther away there is never a problem changing shells . . . ah, the beauty of a tree stand!
Anyway, each of our guns have a definate preference in which is the favorite sabot slug. One prefers 3" Winchester Partitioned Gold. one prefers 3" Remington Accutips, one prefers 2 3/4" Remington Copper Solids, one prefers the Lightfield EXP Sabots, and one Prefers the 3" Brenneke KO sabots. All of our guns are capable of shooting clover leafs at 100 yds from a sandbagged benchrest, with their favorite sabots. These Ultra Slugs are real shooters once you have found their favorite sabot slugs.
I have four suggestions based on what we have learned: (1) mount the best scope you can afford on your Ultra Slug, (2) if you are going to be taking longer shots, get a good rangefinder, (3) test your Ultra Slug with different sabot slugs at different ranges before you go into the field, (4) put a good LimbSaver recoil pad on your Ultra Slug before your first trip to the range. Over 15 years of combined experience using H&R Ultra Slug guns have taught us these things so learn from our experience rather than the hard way.
By the way, none of us would consider parting with our Ultra Slug guns. I used to hunt with a Mossberg 500 with a rifled barrel and rifle sights. On a really good day, I might get a 7" 3-shot group at 100 yds with that mossberg if I shot from a sandbagged benchrest but I always wanted that backup shot. Now I realize that after the first shot, the deer is usually either down or gone. Accuracy on the first shot is what puts meat in the freezer . . . not spraying the woods or fields with slugs. I traded that Mossberg 500 in on my Ultra Slug setup and believe that it was one of the best moves I've ever made as far as deer hunting is concerned.
So, bottom line is this: I feel that the 12 Ga. H&R Ultra Slug is the most undervalued slug gun currently available on the market. If you get one and put the time and money into rigging it right and testing to find it's favorite sabot (make AND length) you will have a deer gun you will NEVER want to part with!
Last edited by StandHunter; 01-16-2011 at 11:18 AM..