Best Shotguns for Deer Hunting

TarHunt RSG 
slugguns_01RSG stands for Rifled Slug Gun, and you’d be hard-pressed to find one with more thought in its engineering. Randy Fritz, the TarHunt founder, made the RSG his pet project in the late 80s and early 90s, after the first rifled slug barrels hit the market. He wanted to create a rifle to shoot shotgun slugs that would far surpass anything else on the slug-gun market. Fritz accomplished this goal by combining benchrest bolt-action rifle technology with a rifled shotgun barrel. Today’s RSG has a glass-bedded action on a McMillan fiberglass stock. A heavy-walled Shaw barrel is threaded into the action and ported at the muzzle. The barrel twist and interior dimensions have also been carefully selected for optimum performance. There’s even a crisp 3 1/2-pound trigger. This is as “rifle like” a shotgun as you’ll ever find – and it’s an absolute tack driver.

Best Fit: The TarHunt is a long-range slayer for the accuracy snob. At 7 3/4 to 8 1/4 pounds, it’s not the lightest nor the heaviest, but it is a little much to carry a long distance. It’s best for stand hunting over open terrain. Unfortunately, all that technology doesn’t come at a low price. Base price for the gun runs from $2,835 to $3,500, depending on if you choose 12, 16 or 20 gauge.

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