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Bolt-Action Slug Shotguns: Savage, Tar-Hunt Get The Nod

With nearly 40 percent of the nationís 10 million whitetail deer hunters relegated to using shotguns rather than rifles, slug-shooting has advanced markedly. What should you buy?


High testing temperatures and faster barrel
Żheating caused by high-velocity slugs caused
Żthe fourth and fifth rounds of test groups to
wander away from the first three.

The bolt-action has become state-of-the-art in slug guns, ostensibly because of the greater inherent accuracy of the solid, vibration-resistant lock-up provided by a bolt, and partly because of price point.

The Browning A-Bolt slug gun was probably the best-designed production bolt gun ever made when it was introduced in 1996. But it was discontinued after just three years of production because, at $700 retail, it simply couldn’t compete with the Marlin 512, Mossberg 695 and Savage 210 on price. The latter three were not only much less expensive (at least 50 percent cheaper), but were seen to rival the Browning’s performance in all but the most experienced hands. …


 
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