Most of the high powered sabot slugs are almost dead on at 100 yards these days. Some are more than capable of 125 yards. IMO only the high porformance 12 Gauge 3 inch or 3 1/2 inch slugs should be used on a bear or caribou.Pros-
If he doesn't own a slug gun right now he can get one very cheap. A good used one will run you probably about $200 or less while a new one will be $50-$75 more in my researching. You also have a generally larger peice of lead hurling towards you target than a rifle if you choose a 3 inch or a 3 1/2 slug ( Hastings and Brenekke make 3 1/2 inch). And with most high porformance slugs leaving the barrel at 2,000 FPS and a .50 or .63 caliber slug you have a deadly combo. Most slugs also leave large wound channels. Slugs are very hard hitting.You can crush bones with a good slug. You also get 5 or 6 shots with a shotgun.Cons-
Most of your heavy slugs will kick like a mule. While a 8 pound slug gun scope included will soak up recoil you'll still feel something. Price is a cencern for at least me because $10-$13 for 5 slugs isn't much fun to pay if your like me you rely on your allowance to pay for your stuff <_< .
I'm not sure of the slug availability in Alaska so be sure he takes plenty of slugs with him.
The general rules of slug and barrel combinations are as follows.
Smooth bores must use rifled or "pumpkin ball" slugs. These are the very cheap and usually inaccurate. The only way smoth bores can use sabots is if you use a rifled choke tube. If you don't use one a sabot will drop like a rock. If he already has a smooth bore this may be a good option although in my opionion you won't get the accuracy because you only have maybe an inch or two to put the twist in the sabot needed for good flight but I'm not sure.
Rifled barrels are usually the best for slug hunting. You have rifling through the whole barrel so you have the slug spinning and stabalized the whole time which will give you better accuaracy. Sabot slugs are the only thing that can be used in a rifled barrel. Rifled slugs are not good for a rifled barrel even though it sounds like they should go together.
Some of the best slug makers are:Remington WinchesterFederal AmmoBrennekeHastingsLightfeild slugs
Here is a link for information on different slugsInformation
Choosing a slug to use for hunting is the same for rifles. Try many brands and choose what shoots best in that particular gun. Sighting in is also the same as a centerfire rifle.
Overall a slug will bring a bear or a caribou down with the right load. and I think it might be more of a challenge to hunt them with a slug gun than a rifle that can shoot 300+ yards.
Hope this helps your boss B)
Edited by run'ngun, 12 August 2006 - 04:10 PM.