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3 Hard-Hitting Shotgun Slugs for Deer Season [PICS]

With deer season fast approaching, if you plan on switching shotgun slugs, now is the time to do so.

Let’s face the facts, shotgun slugs have come a tremendous way over the last few years.

Manufacturers across the country have strived to assemble slugs that fly flat, travel far and hit like a bulldozer. But as with so many things, now the market is saturated with too many great shells.

To save time at the store, we’ve listed three of our favorite shotgun slugs to give you the edge this deer season.

1. Hornady SST Slugs

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Since Hornady first started producing ammunition in 1949, they’ve always set out to manufacture high quality rounds for shotguns and rifles alike. Their SST slug is the latest round that delivers extreme performance for shotguns with rifled barrels.

At first glance you’ll notice the red ballistic tip, which aside from looking cool, ensures that this round has an extremely flat trajectory and helps to deliver full expansion upon impact. At 100 yards, this 300 grain, 12 gauge round is able to deliver sub 2-inch groups in addition to over 1700 ft/lbs of energy.

For extended distance in the field with complete confidence, take a look at the SST.

2. Lightfield Hybred EXP Sabot Slugs

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For those who have shot Lightfield slugs before, you know what I’m talking about when I say that the Hybred EXP is one hard hitting slug.  When you combine a 546 grain sabot slug with Lightfield’s proprietary blend of high velocity gunpowder, the results speak for themselves.

The hourglass shaped slug is designed for massive expansion upon impact and delivers a devastating 1,121 ft/lbs of energy at 150 yards.  Combine this technology with a wad that is designed to stay attached to the slug for flight stability and you have an extremely high performance round for the deer woods.  These slugs are able to be fired from either smooth or rifled barrels.

3. Winchester Partition Gold Slugs

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The Winchester Partition Gold is an absolutely magnificent slug for rifled barrel shotguns. As the name suggests, Winchester invested a lot of time to make sure that this hard hitting slug has drastic expansion at the point of impact.

Available in both 2 3/4- and 3-inch shells, the Partition Gold carries a hefty 385 grain sabot slug. With a muzzle velocity of 1850 fps (3-inch), this bruiser of a slug is going to fly flat and carry enough knock down power to take home a heavy whitetail buck this year.

Check out the Partition Gold from Winchester, it’s definitely a winner in the world of shotgun slugs.

As we all know, every shotgun patterns differently, so take your time at the range and find the right round that fits your criteria (and your gun) this deer season.

With the help of these long range slugs, there’s no reason why your deer gun can’t become an absolute tack driver.

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3 Hard-Hitting Shotgun Slugs for Deer Season [PICS]