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Best slug gun?
Posted: 03 November 2011 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Looks like there are a lot of H&R owners out there….  I have a question for y’all…

I recently got a H&R SH 12 guage from Scheel’s.  Got it sighted in with Hornady SSTs at 100 yds with under 3 inch groups.  Also fitted with a Bushnell 3-9*40 trophy XLT scope. Perfect, very pleased.  My only concern is that the stock (butt) is a little too short. Rather than buying a thick recoil pad to compensate for the difference, I would like to just get a modified stock.  I like the thumbhole stocks but Scheel’s doesn’t carry just the stocks.  Has anyone had any success going straight through the manufacturer (H&R) to get parts/modify their guns? Thanks for any advice!  I’ll probably end up waiting until the off season before making any modifications.

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Posted: 03 November 2011 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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First,  My 20 ga H&R with Nikon scope groups 3 Lightfield slugs ALL TOUCHING at 100 yds.

This gun started out as a smoothbore.  I contacted H&R and sent the required items in to them with an order of what I wanted.  They made all necessary modifications at very reasonable cost.  During the time I contacted them once and they were able to track right where my gun was and when it would be done.

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Posted: 12 November 2011 09:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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H&R ultra slug shooting 3” copper solids. Accurate killing machine, longest shot 136 yards. Tracked that deer about 10 feet. Heavy gun that you don’t want to carry around all day but very good for stationary hunting. Wish it had some iron sights for close in action.

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Posted: 10 December 2011 05:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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I just ran across this forum while surfing the web and thought I would add my own personal experience: I recently had to move my family to South Jersey which is a shotgun only area (whole state actually). Having always hunted with a rifle, I asked a few of the guys I hunted with if they had any recommendations for which guns I should consider. One thing led to another and five of us ended up visiting a local range with about a fortune worth of sabot slugs I picked up at a local dealer that Saturday morning. The guns we grouped were a Mossberg 500, a Remington 870, a Savage 212, and an H&R UltraSlug all in 12 Ga., all with 3x9 variable scopes mounted, and all previously sighted-in by their owners. At that point I was not looking for accuracy but for tightness of groups. We grouped all four of those guns at 100 yds. and all did reasonably well but here are the actual center to center measurements by gun: Mossberg 500: 5.5 inches, Remington 870: 5.25 inches, Savage 212: 5 inches, and H&R UltraSlug: just under 2”. Now these are 3-shot groups and I was truly impressed by the H&R UltraSlug. The owner of the UltraSlug explained to me that he had bought the gun, rings, Limbsaver Recoil Pad, and Nikon Slughunter scope all for under $400.00. He went on to say that he went through a bunch of different sabot slugs in order to find which his particular UltraSlug preferred and found that the Untipped Federal Barnes Expander grouped best out of his gun. Imagine my surprise when I realized that none of the sabots I bought to try these guns out that day were untipped Federal Barnes Expanders. It is worth noting that the bolt-action Savage 212 had ejection problems where each shell had to be pulled free when it lodged between the ejection port and the scope.

Well, I went out that day and bought myself a duplicate set-up to the one the UltraSlug owner brought to the range and picked-up more slugs including untipped Federal Barnes Expanders. The following saturday found me back at the range after having the scope bore-sighted at the dealer I bought it from. I started at 50 yds. My first 3 shot group was a single jagged hole but 3 inches high and 2 inches to the left of the bull. I made the necessary adjustments to get the gun hitting 2 1/2” high but directly over the bull at 50 yds. Then I moved back to 100 yds and fired another 3 shot group. This group took the bull right out with a cloverleaf. I then moved to the 150 yd range and used the 150 aim-point in the BDC reticule of the Nikon Slughunter scope. This time the bull was almost completely gone but not quite. Two holes touching and the third not quite touching. Now I know that shooting from a sandbagged benchrest doesn’t guarantee this kind of grouping in the field but I’ll take it anyway.

If I have any complaint about the UltraSlug it is this: It is one heavy gun when fully tricked-out with recoil pad, sling, rings, and scope. Right around 10 lbs. If you are a stand hunter, this is the gun for you. If you are a still hunter and under 50 years of age it would probably still be OK but you will be tired at the end of the day because I would imagine that 10 lbs will feel like 40 lbs by days end. By the way, I have learned that the 12 ga. UltraSlug has a 10 ga. barrel bored out to a 12 ga. I have also learned that the 20 ga. version of this gun is known to have misfire problems and that H&R customer service is not known to be very customer conscious. Regardless of that, I love my 12 ga. UltraSlug and feel that it is an excellent buy for the money. I strongly recommend it to anyone wanting a super-accurate slug gun. I would not trade mine for anything!

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Posted: 02 March 2012 09:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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I upgraded this year to a new browning abolt. It has been the best gun purchase I have ever made. It shoots great groups. I love that it is all one piece like a rifle. I shoot open sights with SST slugs. I couldn’t be happier!!!

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