You’ve got to feed your slug gun something that is accurate and will get it done when the slug impacts a whitetail. Here is a look at the best factory slug loads on the market today. Note: the MSRPs listed are per box of five.
Federal Premium Trophy Copper Vital-Shok Slug
Summary: This all-copper slug for rifled barrels flies true, drops (and recoils) less, hits hard, penetrates well,and makes cloverleaf groups far beyond 100 yards with ease.
Federal Premium Vital Shok TruBall Rifled Slug
Summary: Hunting with a smoothbore and shooting at 75 yards or less? Upgrade to TruBall slugs. A simple plastic ball between the wad and slug forces accurate, hard-hitting results.
Remington HyperSonic Slug
Summary: The 300-grain HyperSonic slug with AccuTip flies 100 to 200 fps faster than most slugs, so it shoots flat, really reaches out from rifled barrels, and drops deer right there.
Kent Five-Star Rifled Deer Slug
Summary: Kent puts awesome value into its loads, and the coated 5-Star load shoots tight groups out of smooth or rifled barrels, with less lead fouling.
Hornady American Whitetail Slug
Summary: This is one tough slug. The 325-grain Hornady InterLock bullet with lead core alloy and hollow point is exceedingly accurate and lethal out to 200 yards or more.
Hornady Custom Lite Slug
Summary: A lighter projectile (300 grains for 12-gauge and 250 grains 20-gauge) means 25 to 40 percent less felt recoil for you, plus faster flight and flatter trajectory for long-range shots.
D Dupleks Hexolit 32
Summary: This steel slug (legal in lead-free zones) flies true and really knocks things down with its incredible expansion and energy transfer.
Lightfield Hybred EXP
Summary: This unstoppable 546-grain sabot slug shoots well in both smooth and rifled barrels and expands big on impact, with a whopping 1,121 ft./lbs. of energy at 150 yards.
Wolf Power Rifled Slug
Summary: Designed specifically for smooth barrels and loaded with clean-burning CSB powder, these value-priced slugs are easy on your shoulder but tough on deer.
Winchester XP3 Sabot Slug
Summary: Made specifically for rifled barrels, the XP3s polymer-tipped projectile flies straight and expands big, providing top knock-down power.