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So I found a pretty good deal on a Winchester 1300 12 gauge that I just couldn't pass up. It came with a wood stock and a 22" smooth bore slug barrel. I'll likely look to purchase a longer vent rib barrel for shooting shot. It's in fairly nice condition less a couple small dings. I was able to pick this us for $200 from our local Gander Mountain (I was actually surprised to find such an affordable deal at Gander).

I refinished the stock last Thursday and took it out to shoot this afternoon. I bought 8 different kinds of rifled slugs to determine which would shoot best in this gun. I'll review each of these in a below post. Here are some shots of the gun after my refinish job.




 

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Rifled Slug Accuracy Review

As mentioned in the above post, I purchased 8 different types of 12 gauge rifled slugs to determine which was most accurate in my gun. The slugs I tested were all shot from a bench rest using iron sights. I shot five slugs of each kind at a distance of 70 yards. Out of all of the slugs tested, surprisingly the top two shells were standard 2-3/4" shells that were on the lower end of the price range.

Here is a list of the slugs tested in the approximate order of accuracy. I plan on re-testing the top two to make determination between the two. I'll also include the price i paid for each box as well as where I purchased them.

Federal Premium Truball 2-3/4", 1oz ($4.99, Gander Mountain)
Remington Slugger 2-3/4", 1oz ($3.17, Walmart)
Federal Magnum 3", 1-1/4oz ($5.47, Gander Mountain)
Federal 2-3/4", 1oz ($3.97, Walmart)
Winchester Super-X 2-3/4", 1oz ($4.97, Walmart)
Brenneke K.O. 2-3/4", 1oz ($4.99, Gander Mountain)
Winchester Super-X Magnum 3", 1oz ($5.47, Walmart)
Remington Slugger Magnum 3", 1oz ($5.99, Gander Mountain)

And here are pictures of what the targets looked like in order of most accurate to least accurate (which is somewhat subjective).

Federal Premium Truball 2-3/4", 1oz ($4.99, Gander Mountain)


Remington Slugger 2-3/4", 1oz ($3.17, Walmart)


Federal Magnum 3", 1-1/4oz ($5.47, Gander Mountain)


Federal 2-3/4", 1oz ($3.97, Walmart)


Winchester Super-X 2-3/4", 1oz ($4.97, Walmart)


Brenneke K.O. 2-3/4", 1oz ($4.99, Gander Mountain)


Winchester Super-X Magnum 3", 1oz ($5.47, Walmart)


Remington Slugger Magnum 3", 1oz ($5.99, Gander Mountain)
 

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Nice. I purchased a used 1300 Defender while I was in college and put a folding stock on it but last year I put the wood stock back on... it just looks better to me and folding stock sucked.

Anyway, it's given me years of trouble free service and has killed many squirrels with the 18" barrel. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.
 

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Might I add that the 3" Magnum shells had substantially more recoil. The Federal 3" Magnums were loaded with 1-1/4oz slugs which added to the punishment. They had the most recoil.

I think my shoulder is starting to feel normal again.... :roll:
 

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I'm not surprised that you had good results with the 2.75" slugs; I've had simialr experiences, and, yes--the cheap slugs tend to perform just as well as the expensive ones.

Really, unless one is shooting sabots...all I've found that 3" slugs give you more of is recoil.
 

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I'm not surprised that you had good results with the 2.75" slugs; I've had simialr experiences, and, yes--the cheap slugs tend to perform just as well as the expensive ones.

Really, unless one is shooting sabots...all I've found that 3" slugs give you more of is recoil.
For deer hunting, 2.75" shells have plenty of power. If I was bear hunting, I probably would consider magnum shells.... but Indiana doesn't have really have bear.

So the good news... I can practice and hunt with cheaper ammo!
 

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I'm not a fan of buckshot for deer hunting. If I have a monster buck in my sights, I don't want to either not get a good shot on him because the pattern didn't hit him right, or have one of the pellets chip part of his antler. Not a fan of the spray and pray method.
 

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I have two. The original "bird gun" has taken more doves and ducks than I care to try to count. It has never failed me in all those years. I was really thinking of buying a shorter barrel to use for home defense, then I came across this Defender in a small gunstore. It was almost new and it had been in his rack for two years. Today everyone either wants an 870 or some dort of semi-auto. I made him an offer I thought he would laugh at, but he accepted instead and I walkie out with another fine Winchester shotgun. I have put 5 boxes of 00Buck and slugs through it and it works flawlessly. Shoots nice groups with the slugs as well. One thing I love is that it shoots to point of aim!!! I added a little flashlight mount and a fiber optic front sight and hope and pray it will never have to be used for what it is intended.

 

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Well I finally got a chance to re-shoot my top two choices from before, with similar results. The el-cheapo sluggers ended up hitting low again and the Federal Premium TruBalls performed well. Looks like I know what I'll be using this deer season.

Now its time to stock up! :twisted:
 
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