Remington Managed-Recoil Copper Solid
This is an all-copper sabot slug designed for a rifled barrel.
Accuracy: Both the regular and the Managed-Recoil types turned in tight groups, with all the holes touching at 50 yards, when shot from a fully rifled Ithaca 37.
Penetration: The regular copper solids have a muzzle velocity of 1450 fps. When I shot one at the Test Tube it passed all the way through, popped the lid off the bottom, and fell into the dirt of the backstop. The lower-velocity version penetrated 71⁄2 inches. Both slugs expanded perfectly.
Ouch Factor: At 1 ounce and 1200 fps, the Managed-Recoil Copper Solids were the softest-kicking slug I tried. The sensation wasn’t much different from shooting a light target load.
Conclusion: It’s a great choice for the recoil-conscious shooter who wants the utmost accuracy from a rifled gun. I wouldn’t hesitate to shoot a deer at 100 yards with a Managed-Recoil Copper Solid.
Remington Managed-Recoil BuckHammer
A full-bore, attached-wad slug designed for rifled barrels, Remington’s standard 23⁄4-inch BuckHammer weighs 11⁄4 ounces with a muzzle velocity of 1550 fps and generates well over 35 foot-pounds of recoil. This puts it in the same class, kickwise, as a midbore magnum rifle like a .338. The Managed-Recoil BuckHammers shoot a 11⁄8-ounce slug at 1350 fps and produce about a third less recoil.
Accuracy: The light BuckHammers grouped around 15⁄8 inches at 50 yards.
Penetration: The standard BuckHammer blasted a cavity about 4 inches wide upon hitting the Test Tube before passing all the way through. The Managed-Recoil BuckHammer didn’t make nearly as violent an entry, but it, too, zipped out the end of the Test Tube.
Ouch Factor: While these Managed-Recoil loads are lighter and slower than the regular BuckHammers, they still kick much harder than the other two low-recoil loads I tested.
Conclusion: It’s a devastating and accurate performer from rifled-barrel guns but not a light kicker. These are definitely 100-yard slugs with power to spare.
Any of these low-recoil slugs will kill deer at reasonable ranges. They might even kill better than faster slugs, because it’s easier for the average shooter to put them on target. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race after all.