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Do you have any comments about that last batch of commercial ammo that you shot? Please share your observations and comments. If you have comments about a caliber that is not listed, we will add a category for it. Please send to: ammo@aaconsult.com

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Types of shotgun slugs:
Foster slugs
-- the oldest type made for shooting in a smoothbore barrel. Rifling cast into the slugs, and they are cheap but with short range capability (to 75 yards)

First Generation Sabot Slugs -- can be shot in either a smoothbore or rifled barrel, but much better performance in a rifled barrel. Moderate price and good to 100-125 yards.

New Second Generation Sabot Slugs -- uses the patented Barnes Expander system. Expensive, but can extend the accurate range to 200 yards.

Federal

Federal P152XS Premium Barnes Expander
2 3/4 inch shell with 3/4 oz (325 grain) slug. Uses a solid copper Barnes X slug. While this shell promises superior performance at a premium price, it doesn't deliver. First generation slugs had about 1300-1400 fps velocity, while this new generation slug has 1900 fps.
I used a Remington Wingmaster 12-gauge pump with a 24" Hastings rifled barreland a 4-12x by 42 scope. While I expected good performance from these shells, I was unable to get a good group at 100 yards (unlike the Winchesters which grouped very small). The P152XS were all over the target at 100 yards (a 14 inch group?). These slugs are a waste of money. Submitted by: shooter308@attbi.com

Federal P150XS Premium Barnes Expander
 2 3/4 inch shell with 1 oz (438 grain) slug.Uses a solid copper Barnes X slug. Like the P152XS, this shell promises superior performance at a premium price, it doesn't deliver. This new second generation slug has 1450 fps.
I used a Remington Wingmaster 12-gauge pump with a 24" Hastings rifled barreland a 4-12x by 42 scope. While I expected good performance from these shells, I was unable to get a good group at 100 yards (unlike the Winchesters which grouped very small). The P150XS were all over the target at 100 yards (a 14 inch group?). These slugs are a waste of money. Submitted by: shooter308@attbi.com

Winchester

Winchester XRS12 Super-X BRI Sabot Slugs
A first generation sabot slug, with a 2 3/4 shell, and a 1 oz (437 grain) slug. Advertised muzzle velocity is 1350 fps at 3 ft. These slugs performed wonderfully, with very consistent results. Shot from a bench rest under optimal conditions in a Remington Wingmaster 12-gauge pump with 24" Hastings rifled barrel and 4-12x by 42 scope. These moderately priced slugs are good to 125 yards in the field. At 75 yards you can get a bench rest group of about 2 inches. I like this shell a lot if it were not for the extreme performance of the newer Winchester SSP12 slugs.  Submitted by: shooter308@attbi.com

Winchester SSP12 Supreme Partition Gold Slugs
Second generation sabot slugs,in a 2 3/4 inch shell, and 385 grain (7/8 oz) hollowpoint slug. The slug is a copper jacketed 4-petal (notched hollowpoint) bullet of ~.50 caliber. It gives good expansion from the notched hollowpoint. The advertised velocity is 1900 fps at 3 ft.
This is a "magic bullet", although at a high price. It performs admirably with less than 2 inch groups at 100 yards and 3-4 inch groups at 200 yards. This was in my Remington Wingmaster 12 gauge pump with Hastings 24" rifled barrel and 4-12x by 42 scope. I zeroed it at 150 yards, and the ballistics tables showed a 6.8 inch drop at 200 yards. Actual performance was a 7.1 inch drop at 200 yards. If one wants to shoot a tight group, then use all the shells from the same box, because I noticed slight differences between boxes even though they were from the same manufacturing lot (bought from different places). There is no shotgun slug that equals the performance of this Winchester SSP12 shell. In fact, the SSP12 gives a far smaller group at 200 yards than the premium Federal shells can do at 100 yards. Submitted by: shooter308@attbi.com