Driftwood outdoors - Slug guns: Perhaps it’s time to give them a shot

Sure, I’m biased. I grew up with a slug gun in my hands. My first buck was shot with a slug. So was my second, and so was my third.

But my history with shooting slugs isn’t the only reason I enjoy hunting with them. Shotgun slugs are devastating on impact and should have a place in every gun hunter’s repertoire.

The days of floating slugs such as knuckleballs from a smooth-bore barrel are long gone. The combination of today’s advanced slug technologies and rifled-barrel slug guns has brought a new level of accuracy to the slug hunter. In Midwestern states, such as Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, where the use of traditional rifles is outlawed, the major competitor of slug guns is muzzleloaders.

Today’s modern muzzleloaders are awesome, too. With the right load shot from the right gun, you can honestly achieve accuracy at ranges beyond 300 yards. The downside has always been, and remains to be, the single shot. Let me tell you a quick story.

The farm my uncle hunts with a bunch of other guys is a monster buck-producing piece of property. As a kid, I was able to tag along with my bow and fling arrows at does. Things changed when I got older. Once my abilities improved, I was seen by some of the other hunters as competition, so instead of stirring up any trouble with the hunters, my uncle just stopped taking me. Not cool, I know.

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