Several new Hornady shotgun slug loads have been announced at the 2013 NASGW Expo: Â two Superformance shotgun slugs and an SST Lite Shotgun Slug.
The new Superformance slugs will be available in both 12 gauge and 20 gauge. Â Both loads use a MonoFlex slug. Â Originally developed for lever guns, the MonoFlex design uses a monolithic hollowpoint bullet with the famous Hornady Flex Tip. Â The slugs are made from a gilding metal, instead of pure copper, to increase their strength and retain 95% of original weight. Â This helps the slugs to penetrate deeply.
The 12 gauge load uses a 300 grain slug, which leaves the muzzle at about 1950 fps. Â That works out to be about 2533 ft-lb of energy. Â The 20 gauge version uses a 250 grain slug that makes for 1800 fps and a muzzle energy of 1798 ft-lb.
Both the 12 and 20 gauge Superformance slugs carry a $19.81/box of five MSRP.
The SST Lite shotgun slug is a 12 gauge slug with reduced recoil. Â The SST Lite uses the same 300 grain projectile as the full power SST load, and has a muzzle velocity of 1575 fps. That is slightly less than the full power’s 2000 fps. Â At the muzzle, the SST Lite slug is making 1652 ft-lb of energy.
Hornady states felt recoil is reduced by 30%. Â Although marketed as an ideal option for youngsters and women, I’ve often appreciated reduced recoil loads when shooting a lot of rounds in training. Â I’ve never minded full power loads, but when putting a lot of lead downrange in a relatively short amount of time, any kind of recoilÂ reductionÂ is nice.
MSRP on the Hornady SST Lite is $15.87/box of five.
These new Hornady slug loads are only some of the new products we saw at last week’s NASGW Expo. Â Make sure you check out this page to see all of the other announcements and new guns.