Shotgun Ammunition Explained – what is Slug?
Slugs are the most powerful type of shotgun ammunition that you can purchase. Its projectiles are made of lead or filled with lead covered in copper. Sometimes they have a plastic tip which inflicts additional cuts and damage into the target. If you want to go hunting and kill a deer with one shot then slugs are definitely the best ammo. You can also make the slugs less lethal if you use rubber material for the bullets instead of lead. There are so many different ways you can design slugs if you know how to make them. If you don’t then you can purchase a variety of slug types from your local hunting store, such as wad slugs, wax slugs, brenneke slugs, cut shell slugs, foster slugs, steel slugs and plumbata slugs. They all inflict a different level of damage onto the intended target based on the material of the tip.
Slugs are different than birdshot and buckshot shells because they are actually bullets. The other two are just metal pellets inside of a shell that burst out when fired. When you shoot a shotgun filled with slugs, it will fire single direct projectiles that go straight into the target just like a normal bullet. You can stand as far as 75 yards from your target and hit it straight on with slugs. You wouldn’t be able to do that with buckshot or birdshot because the pellets scatter as soon as they come out of the barrel. Slugs will provide a much cleaner kill because it will go straight through the skin and puncture the internal organs of the target.
Anyone who uses slugs is looking to kill something quickly and from far away. However, hunters are not often permitted to use slugs because local governments don’t want hunters being too far away from their target when they shoot. This increases their risk of shooting another person who might accidentally cross paths with the line of fire. If someone were to get shot with a slug then it would either kill them or cause permanent damage. Therefore, hunters are typically restricted to buckshot and birdshot ammunition. If you want to use slugs then a gun firing range would be more appropriate. Since it is a single shot bullet, it won’t spread around and shoot off target like with the buckshot and birdshot. So they are safer to bring to a firing range.