Best Shotguns for Deer Hunting

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The Slugster is the slug gun version of the popular Model 500 pump from Mossberg. Like all Mossberg firearms, it’s an affordable no-frills gun that you won’t feel bad about hunting with in rain, sleet and mud. Mossberg makes a variety of Slugster models and configurations in 12 and 20 gauge, with rifle sights or cantilever scope mounts, synthetic or wood stocks. If you’re a glutton for the heavy recoil of 3 1/2-inch shells, you could also reach for the Mossberg 835. The 835 is not a continuation of the 500; it was built from scratch for magnum loads. But it’s just as durable, reliable and affordable as the 500.

Best Fit: If you’re a budget hunter you won’t find a better deal than the Slugster. There’s not an MSRP in the Slugster lineup that tops $499. And if you’re a tactical junky, you can convert your favorite deer gun to a personal defense all star in the off season thanks to the myriad aftermarket components available.

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