For deer slugs, Remington Sabots are right on the money

With shotgun deer season right around the corner, I took the opportunity this weekend to make sure my slug gun was still right on the money. Since I shoot a scoped shotgun, I always make it a practice to fire a few rounds to make sure the scope did not get bumped out of whack since last season. In fact, it's a good idea for anyone who hunts with a scoped gun to make sure it's accurate before you step in to the field. No one wants to miss the buck of a lifetime because their scope was not dialed in. Right?

My gun (a Remington 870 Wingmaster 12 gauge pump with a rifled barrel and a 2x scope) is zeroed and accurate at 90 yards with Federal Copper Sabots. But my son is planning to hunt with me this season so I decided to try out some of the other sabot slug brands on the market (also using a Remington 870 Wingmaster 12 gauge with a rifled barrel). We fired several groups at 80 and 100 yards using various brands including Winchester Super-X Lead Sabots, Lightfield Sabots, Federal Premium Copper Sabots, Hornady SST, and Remington Premiere AccuTip Bonded Sabots.

Although all of these brands performed good enough to hunt with, I was most impressed with the Remington Accutips. We had the best groupings with the AccuTips – touching slugs at 80 yards, and putting three inside 1.5 inches at 100 yards. The 365-grain sabot boasts 1850 feet per second, and is priced competitively.

Yeah, it looks cool and is accurate. But how does it perform on deer? I’ll let you know in a few weeks.

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