If you are referring to the heavy barrel shotgun, I have used one for several years. They are surprisingly accurate with the correct ammo. I went through a lot of different brands of slugs with dismal results, how about a 3' pattern at 60 yards. Finally read the instructions and bought some Lightfield slugs, the groups shrank to 3 inches at 100 yards. I think it has to do with the diameter of the wads/slugs. A coworker did the same thing until he bought the Lightfield slugs that were listed in the instructions. I am very satisfied with the gun and have a 4x scope on it.
Dixie Slugs uses both the regular barrel and the Ultra barel in 20 ga-3" for testing our .620"-500 gr (1450'/"-22" barrel) Terminator II loads. The regular barrel is rough on recoil, but the Ultra is nice. I don't know what to say about accuracy with sabots or Fosters, but I see no difference in accuracy between what you would expect from an NEF in .45-70, when shooting the Terminator II.........James
I've been hunting with a 12 Ga. H&R Ultra Slug gun for two years now. It is the most accurate slug gun I have ever seen or even heard of. I bought my Ultra Slug from a local dealer who recommended it to me when I complained about the poor accuracy I had experienced from my Mossberg 500 with a rifled barrel and rifle sights. I bought the Ultra Slug and the Nikon 3x9 Slughunter scope and LimbSaver recoil pad he suggested. He mounted and boresighted the scope for me that night and the following weekend found me at my local range. My first shot was at 50 yds from a sandbagged bench rest and the slug hit about 2 inches low and 2 inches left of center as boresighted. I made the necessary adjustments and my next 3-shot group were all on the bull in the shape of a big jagged single hole. I then backed off to the 100 yd range to the sandbagged bench rest there and fired a 3-shot group using the 100 yd aimpoint on the Nikon BDC reticule. Again, the bullseye disappears under a loose cloverleaf of holes. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement . . . I was stunned. Since our local range is small, we do not have the facilities to allow 150 or 200 yds shooting so I was unable to test the Ultra Slug at those ranges. That first year hunting, found me sitting in a treestand in the corner of a field at dawn on opening day. A fat 6 point stepped into the field and started feeding at a ranged 96 yds. I cranked the scope up to 9 power and put the 100 yd aimpoint just behind the shoulder and about an inch up. When I squeezed the trigger, the legs just plain went out from under that buck and he dropped where he stood. This season was a virtual instant replay of last season except it was a 9 point at 105 ranged yds. Now I have to tell you that these were the two farthest deer kills I ever had. When people say they shot deer at 200+ yds with their Ultra Slug guns I believe them but I also know they must have steadier hands and better eyes than I do. To me, the two shots I just told you about making were all about the accuracy of the gun - not me. I might stretch the distance and try a shot at 150 yds if it were a clear day with absolutely no wind but those days are about as rare as hens teeth for me. I would strongly recommend the 12 Ga. H&R Ultra Slug but from what I have heard, the 20 Ga. version has had its share of problems with mis-fires. I don't think I'd want to risk that. Decent bucks are just too hard to come by to have one run-off on a click. The best slug for my Ultra Slug has proven to be the 3" Federal Hydra Shok sabot slug. It really puts the deer right down too. I know other guys have Ultra Slugs that shoot other sabot slugs best so my guess would be that you just have to try a number of them and see which your gun prefers. After seeing how well my 12 Ga. Ultra Slug shot the 3" Federal Hydra Shok I bought 100 rounds on sale for $109.00. That should hold me the rest of my life . . . if I should live that long!
I have hunted with a 12 Ga. H&R Ultraslug for the last 5 seasons now. In my opinion, the 12 Ga. H&R Ultraslug is the most undervalued slug gun on the market today. Once you find it's preferred sabot slug, it's accuracy cannot be surpassed by slug guns costing three times as much. I have 6 friends who also hunt with 12 Ga. Ultraslug guns and they agree with my opinion. It is the best slug gun on the market.
Pros: (1) Excellent price
(2) Excellent Accuracy
(3) Good Availability
Cons: (1) Weight (it is a heavy gun - almost 10 lbs fully rigged and loaded)
(2) Is picky about which sabot slug it prefers
Because of problems with early onset arthritis, I hunt exclusively from a stand so the weight of my Ultraslug is not an issue. Actually, the weight helps reduce felt recoil and together with the Limbsaver recoil pad I put on it, I can shoot 3" slugs all day long without a problem.
Finding the preferred sabot can be a problem as every barrel is different. For example, my Ultraslug prefers the non-tipped 3" federal Barnes Expanders, while the other six Ultraslugs owned by members of the hunting club I belong to prefer sabot slugs as follows: 3" Federal Hydra-Shok, 3" Lightfield Hybred-Elite, 2 3/4" Winchester Partitioned Gold, 2 3/4" Remington Accutip, and 2 others prefer the 2 3/4" Lightfield Hybred Exp. As you can see, it could be a bit expensive finding which sabot slug any given Ultraslug gun prefers and there just isn't any way other than shooting a bunch of different sabot slugs from different manufacturers and in different lengths to tell for sure. Once you have found the preferred sabot slug for your Ultraslug you will have a gun capable of shooting cloverleafs at 100 yds from a sandbagged benchrest every time.
The H&R Ultraslug is not the only good slug gun on the market but I think it is the best.
Be aware that there have been numerous reported problems with the 20 Ga. version of the Ultraslug. I have no idea why since every 12 Ga. Ultraslug I have ever seen performs well and the owners love them. my recommendation is that if you are looking to get an accurate and reliable 12 ga. slug gun, get an H&R Ultraslug. If you must have a 20 Ga. slug gun, look to another make and model.
They seem to be a bit popular with the slug reloaders. They seem to take stout loads quite well. There is a super long thread in the shotgun section that's been going on for years and thing gun seems to be a regular test firearm, if I remember correctly.
I have had an ultra slug gun for about 3-4 years and can vouch for the accuracy claims being made. Its a great gun. I bought it for just under 200.00 fun dollars and got it primarily for hunting Feral Hogs. It is a bit on the heavy side though and can make for a long day in the field come quitting time. The added weight does make it a pleasure to shoot at the range though...
I own two designated slug guns, and Ithaca Deerslayer III and an H&R UltraSlug, both in 12 Ga. Both of these DSG's are very accurate but the UltraSlug is flat-out nuts accurate. When I still-hunt I use the Ithaca Deerslayer III because it is relatively light but if I am hunting from my stand the Ultraslug is my goto gun every time. I have found that the UltraSlug prefers either the 3" Remington Copper Solids or the 3" untipped Federal Barnes Expanders. With these slugs, it will consistently group at 2 to 2 1/2" at 100 yds from a sandbagged bench rest. Before buying my Ultraslug this past Spring, I visited a number of hunting blogs to gather as much info as I could about the gun. Based on the info I was able to gather, I mounted a Nikon Slughunter 3 to 9 power Scope with the BDC reticule on it and also added a Limbsaver recoil pad to it. I sighted the UltraSlug in with the help of a friend at a range in a bordering town. I had it bore sighted by the dealer I purchased the gun and scope from. My first 3-shot group at 50 yds was a single jagged hole about 1 " high and 1 1/2" to the right (about 1 o'clock). We made the necessary adjustments to the scope and the next 3-shot group totally obliterated the bull. Using the aim-point for 100 yds the 3-shot group there was a moderately tight cloverleaf. We then backed off to 150 yds and with the appropriate aim-point, we got a very loose cloverleaf. At 200 yds with the appropriate aim-point, I got a 3 1/2" group. This was all done with the 3" 1 Oz. untipped version of the Federal Barnes Expander sabot slug. I just got my first deer using the UltraSlug. I was hunting from my tree stand and not 10 mins into opening day a nice 7-point stepped into the field my tree stand sits in the corner of. My rangefinder marked the deer at 143 yds. I simply cranked the scope up to 9 power, used the 150 yd. aim point, and squeezed off a shot holding about an inch behind and just above the buck's left shoulder. The buck dropped where it stood. Now this is the longest shot I have ever made on a deer and thankfully, I didn't start shaking until after the shot. I can't say enough good about this setup and I certainly owe much thanks to the other hunters on the various blogs who provided advice based on their UltraSlug guns. Just one thing . . . the fully rigged and loaded UltraSlug weighs-in at over 10 lbs with a sling. If you still-hunt, this is not the gun you want to be lugging through the woods unless you are under 30 yrs. old. From a stand though, there just isn’t anything better that I’ve ever seen.
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