A week or two ago, I ordered a case of slugs for some upcoming training at Front Sight. Initial testing was promising and after running several boxes down range today, I thought they deserved their own review.
Here are my initial comments, that I tacked onto the end of my FNH SLP Mk1 review, concerning the slugs:
I ordered a case (200 rounds) of B&P 1 oz 2 3/4" 1200 FPS reduced recoil slugs last week and had a chance to try them at the range today. The 5 shot group came in about a half inch larger than the Federal slugs, which won't make a difference for what I'll be using them for. They run about 15~20 cents per round less than the Federal Tru-ball slugs. That may not sound like much when you look at a box, but this ends up saving me between $45 and $60 for the amount I need at Front sight.
I've not run the B&P slugs over a chronograph yet but at the stated 1200 FPS, they are running 100 FPS less than what the Federal box claims. These B&P slugs cycle my SLP Mark 1 without issue and shoot notably softer than the Federals (I tried both of them at the range today for a side by side test). Since I'm shooting 300 slugs for the course, I'll take the softer recoiling slug. I used the IC choke in the Mark 1....I'll probably give the modified choke a try to see what affect it has on group size. I've already ordered another case based on the results I had today. Why wouldn't I?
Since I wrote the above comment, I received my 2nd case of slugs along with a
case of B&P 00 buckshot. Based on
today's results, I think I'll be picking up another case of slugs since they
seem to be somewhat seasonal and I don't want to run short prior to my upcoming
Front Sight course. In other words, I liked the results I saw today
and will most likely be using them at Front Sight. The price is right and today's
accuracy was great.
The Baschieri & Pellagri (made in Italy) 2 3/4" rifled slugs are packed in a
10 count box, 20 boxes per case. The stated velocity and weight on the
package is 1200 FPS and 1 ounce.
The cartridge is a low brass design using a portion of the base material
(blue plastic hull) as part of the head too. This was the first time I had
seen this done.....OK, I'll admit I don't deal with a large variety of shotgun
shells.....just those to get me through the Front Sight courses.
Time to dissect one of the shells. The powder is a square flake type.
No felt or fiber wad material.
Disregard that vertical slice in the slug. That was from
the knife I used to open the hull.
The plastic wad fits well up into the interior of the slug. I do not claim to be a slug expert and I've never played one on TV. However, from the photos I've seen, this slug looks a lot like the more recent Brenneke design which now uses a cavity design with more lead in the forward portion of the slug (putting the center of mass well forward in the projectile). I'm not saying the Italians did a knock off of the Germans, but it does look quite similar. Good thing I suppose since the Brenneke slug is well known for its accuracy. I spent some time on the Brenneke web site looking at their current product line and they are notably different than the original Brenneke slug from years gone by.
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