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I have plenty experience with slugs. I’ve cut down about every model you can think of and fitted with sights or scope. I had a 870 Wingmaster I bought new back in 1966. Matter of fact I just sold it recently. Because there wasn’t enough meat in top of 870 action to hold screws I used the offset base.
It also put scope low to bore. K3 and standard slugs would do 3” at 100yds. Back in smooth bore days Ithaca 37 DeerSlayer was most accurate out of the box.
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We also used 742/760 Weaver mounts. Shooting slugs around here was year round. Slug matches were a big deal. Slug shoots were fund raisers for many organizations. We found that 870/1100s wouldn’t hold up if drilled on center line. Screws would put threads and if shot that way would actually reverse divot the screw holes. I know of no cases of extended use that didn’t end up that way. I dried and tapped dozens of shotguns for scope bases. The Rem 742/760 mount was the standard. The Browning A5 is another that don’t have much metal at centerline. My favorite slug gun I made out of a
A-5 Light that had been run over by owner. I almost silver soldered a piece of steel on CL to drill & tap but gun shot so good I left it alone. Drilling the older guns with steel receivers and never models with cast receivers was no problem. Guns with soft alloy cast I tapped with x32 thread, instead of x48. The coarse thread is better in soft metal.
We also use Brenneke slugs to hunt. Most of the slug shoots they provide the slug to give everyone an even chance. So you never know till you get there. Carried selection of guns sighted for the major brands.
 

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If you have smooth bore gun with scope mounted on action, I don’t recommend taking barrel off unless you have time to print gun and make any adjustments necessary. The barrels with cantaliever
type scope mounting is not affected by this.
In smooth bore guns as a rule solid frame guns were more accurate than models with quick change barrels. The old Sears & JC Higgins, Hi Standards and Win M25 were sought after to build serious slug guns. The ugly bolt action shotguns all shot very well.
Most slug matches were shot at 100’ and 100yds. Off hand only. Many shoots would have a random target at 200yds, 10” plate. It was a 50-50 shot. You payed your fee and if you hit you got half the fees
Me and Bro practice for running boar was targets in tires rolled down the hollow.
 
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