I can’t explain it, but it is an indisputable fact that some of the biggest whitetails are shot in states that only allow shotguns during their firearm deer seasons. Don’t believe me? Just look at the record books. Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, parts of Wisconsin, and shotgun-only urban zones back East are well represented.
If you’re gunning for the record books in one of these areas, or just meat hunting where shotguns are mandated, slugs trump buckshot in both the accuracy and performance categories. From fin-adorned Foster-style slugs to felt-backed Brennekes and sleek saboted bullets, there are a myriad of offerings on the market, all of which have their place.
Which are the best for big Midwestern bucks? The answer: It depends. A lot of factors go into the ideal bullet, from shot distance to shotgun selection.
I have, however, tried to make the buying process easier by selecting four of our favorites to fit a variety of situations.