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Mossberg 20g Trophy Slugster
TROPHY SLUGSTER 20ga
FULLY RIFLED PUMP-ACTION SHOTGUN
I have used my
Remington 870 and my Beretta A303, both 12 gauges, fitted with
scopes for deer hunting during the Illinois firearms season. This
was an adhoc affair as I would mount a scope and sight it in for
each deer season and then take it off to use them for rabbit
hunting or skeet at other times. I needed a dedicated deer
hunting gun. I did a lot of shopping around before I settled on
the Mossberg. I wanted something less than a 12 gauge and
considered a 16 gauge but found none in a decent price range and
slugs are harder to come by. The Mossberg Slugster had a fully
rifled barrel and was ported, had an integral Weaver style
integral scope mount on the barrel (I could always buy a smooth
barrel and use it for other disciplines and the scope would
always stay attached to the rifled barrel and be zerored), the 20
gauge does not recoil as bad as a 12 gauge when shooting slugs
and the raised check pad is a nice touch. And Mossbergs are a
pretty well made gun and are at a reasonable price.
The Slugster has
sling swivels so I added a sling. The sling helps to carry the
shotgun from the shoulder when walking to and from my stands
there for leaving both hands free and to hang it from a hook once
in my stand and I also can use it to wrap around my arm to get a
steadier sight picture. Because the barrel is rifled I decided to
take advantage of using sabot slugs. I went with the Remington
Premier Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded Sabot Slugs after checking the
balistics of several brands and types of ammo and between the
Slugster and the sabots it has shown itself to be a very
formidable deer hunting combination. These sabots are on the
pricey side compared to plain ol' rifled slugs though, but very
much worth the extra dollars per box. For the 2006 season I tried
using Remington Premier Copper Solid sabots and although 400fps
slower (and slightly cheaper) they still have devistating results
on deer (see below). I also added a Nikon Prostaff 3-9 x 40 scope and I am
very impressed with this Nikon product. This was my first Nikon
and it has exceptionally clear optics and is well made. Another
good choice I believe.
This has been a
great deer hunting gun and it will definitely be going strong all
through my lifetime of deer hunting and I am sure when I pass it
down to the next generation of family deer hunters it will give
them years of great service also.
|Pump action Trophy
Slugster, Dual-Comb, Honey Satin wood finish, blued
metal finish, ported 24" Fully Rifled Trophy
Slugster® barrel w/ integral scope base.
fully rifled 24" barrel helps to lessen 'kick' and
barrel jump during firing.
Using Remington Premier Core Lokt Sabot Slugs with scope zeroed at 50 yards,
drop at 100 yards is only 1.3"
|To compliment the
accuracy of this shotgun I have added a Nikon Prostaff
3-9x40 scope with NikoPlex reticle. This scopes large
objective helps deliver more light during low light
conditions, especially early morning and late afternoon.
I used Weaver 4x4 high height rings to create a stable
mounting system and alleviate any slippage that occurs
because of the shock factor caused by shotgun firing.
outing to zero in the scope @ 50 yards proved that this
shotgun using Remington
Premier Core Lokt Sabot Slugs has the potential to be be a deer killing
machine come the 2004-05 Illinois firearm season.
are actually 15 rounds in the target at left.
Remington 20g Premier Copper Solid Sabots Slugs do exactly what they are suppose to do.
The photo on left is from the Remington site and as you
can see they show the expansion and weight retention of this slug. On
the right is what I pulled from a buck in the 2006 gun
season. These sabots did EXACTLY what Remington said they
would do. The buck went about five yards. Tracking is not even an issue. I am sold on these sabots and so far they have
not let me down. I give them two thumbs up and will
continue to use them. In fact I have about a 10 year
supply sitting in my safe. The 20g in my opinion is a very underrated gun for deer hunting.