October 2000

State-Of-The-Art Sabot Slugs: Winchester’s Partition is Golden

Of five commonly available slugs ready to launch in your rifled-barrel shotguns, we thought the new high-speed offering from Winchester/Olin was the top dog.

[IMGCAP(1)] Shotgun hunters are currently blessed with some of the best projectiles—sabot slugs—they’ve ever had to shoot, but improvements in these rounds have been slow in coming. Winchester-Western ballistician Karl Foster redesigned the old pumpkin-ball slug into what is essentially a 20th century .72-caliber Minie Ball in 1933. From that breakthrough until the early 1980s, there was very little change in shotgun slugs—until the advent of rifled barrels for shotguns and sabot slugs changed everything. By encasing an aerodynamic .50-caliber pellet-like projectile in a two-piece plastic sleeve of bore diameter to grip the rifling (an idea used in artillery for nearly a century), slug shoot...

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