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.

MSRP: $14.95


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.

MSRP: $5.99


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.

MSRP: $18.95


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.

MSRP: n/a


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.

MSRP: $14.20


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.

MSRP: $15.87


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.

MSRP: $10.95


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.

MSRP: $15.00


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.

MSRP: $5.99


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.

MSRP: $14.99