According to the Iowa DNR, approximately 120,000 deer tags were sold last year for the 1stand 2ndshotgun seasons alone. With Iowa’s shotgun season here now, we wanted to share an article from about the top 5 best slug guns on the market today. We also wanted to share some important tips about safety as we go into another deer season. Hunting is one of our favorite things to do here at Mossy Oak Properties and we always enjoy passing on any information we find and enjoy ourselves.

Top 5 Slug Gun Recommendations

  1. Savage 212 and 220– Savage introduced the bolt-action 20-gauge Model 220 in 2010 and quickly followed that success with the 12-gauge Model 212 in 2011. Both guns are here to stay. A 22-inch barrel floats freely within the durable synthetic stock (black or camo), adding to the accuracy created by Savage’s crisp two-step Accu-Trigger system. With the two-shell magazine at capacity, the gun only holds three shells, but the way it shoots, you’ll probably only need one anyway. It comes drilled and tapped for a scope. (
  2. Winchester SX3 Cantilever Buck- Simple and streamlined, it has a gas-operated Active-Valve system, which reduces felt recoil dramatically and adjusts itself for the power behind various 2¾- and 3-inch loads. Another great feature is the cantilever-design scope mount, which means your scope becomes an integral part of the 22-inch rifled barrel for even more accuracy. The cantilevered barrel also means you can remove it for cleaning without having to sight-in again. The black synthetic stock has a no-glare matte finish that’s textured for a sure grip under all whitetail hunting conditions.  (
  3. Remington 870 SPS Shurshot Synthetic Super Slug– . An extra-heavy 1-inch-diameter barrel (measuring 25½ inches in length) pins to the receiver, all of which adds up to extra stability and exceeding accuracy within the system. Once they try it, even traditional shooters like the ShurShot’s pistol grip synthetic stock because it’s comfortable to hold steady and shoot, which equates to more accuracy. This gun was designed to shoot best with Remington’s Premier Accu-Tip sabot slugs. (
  4. Browning A-Bolt Shotgun- Advantages include a short 60-degree bolt throw with strong locking lugs and smooth slide, convenient tang safety, crisp 4-pound trigger pull, a detachable magazine that’s not overly boxy or obtrusive (quite a feat for a bolt shotgun), and all the advantages of bolt-action accuracy. The A-Bolt slug gun comes drilled and tapped for scope mounts. (
  5. Benelli SBE II Slug Gun- The SBE II Slug Gun is built tough and adds a specially designed, heavy-walled, 1:28 twist rifled barrel that stabilizes slugs and sabot-encased bullets for excellent downrange results. This is easily a dead-to-rights 100-yard gun every time, at a minimum. Plus, Benelli’s patented ComforTech system reduces felt recoil by 48 percent; that helps accuracy, too, because you won’t flinch. The receiver is drilled and tapped to accept a Weaver 93A or 423M scope base. (

Regardless of the gun you choose to hunt with this season we want to wish you the best of luck and remind you to stay safe when out hunting.

Safety Tips

Hunters are encouraged to use safe hunting practices and to discuss the hunting plan so each member of the hunting group knows where the others will be at all times during the hunt. Hunters must wear one of the following articles of external visible solid blaze orange clothing when hunting deer with a firearm: vest, jacket, coat, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt or coveralls. An orange hat alone is not sufficient. The following are some more helpful tips to stay safe in the woods this year!

  • Treat every gun as if it is loaded, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • Unload the firearm and open the action, especially when crossing obstacles
  • Wear plenty of blaze orange. Hunters want to be seen from all sides in the woods and fields
  • If using a new gun or a gun that has not been used for a while, be sure to practice before the season opens to get acquainted/reacquainted with it
  • Be sure of the target and what’s behind it
  • Don’t shoot at running deer
  • Discuss the hunting plan with everyone in the group. Outline the role for each person and where they will be throughout the hunt. Plan your hunt and hunt your plan. Communication is critical to ensure everyone knows where each other is at all times.
  • Bundled up – keeping your finger off the trigger and muzzle control are both extremely important as bulky coats and gloves increases chances of an accidental discharge
  • Most hunting in Iowa is done on private land. Hunters should touch base with the landowner before the season opens to make sure permission to hunt is still granted. Other hunters may also have permission to hunt the same area.

Mossy Oak Properties Boley Real Estate would love to see the deer you shoot! Feel free to share your hunting photos on our facebook page found here!

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