Review: H&R Ultra Light Slug Hunter

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Review: H&R Ultra Light Slug Hunter

Postby JPH » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:48 am

I just finished my second season with the 12 ga. H&R Ultra Light slug hunter, so I think I can finally offer a fair review.

As a bit of background I should share that I shot Federal Vital Shock, 2.75" Magnum, 3/4 oz., high velocity sabots. I used a red dot zeroed at 50 yards in the first season of use and a 2-7 scope zeroed at 100 yards in the second. I hunted mixed farmland with crop fields, pastures and small blocks of timber. All of my hunting was done from the stand or stalking. I did not hunt in a party or take running shots. So, here goes.

I found this gun to be extremely accurate on the range. I was able to pick fleas at 100 yards when shooting from a lead sled. Judging from this, I would say that the accuracy of the rifle barrel is beyond question.

In the field? Not so much.

Basically I found that the extreme light weight and compact design make it a difficult gun to manage while off-hand shooting. Even with a good sling I found my aim to be a little unsteady in an unsupported position. Even support from a limb or a pair of shooting sticks was not enough to guarantee shooting range accuracy. The shots that impacted just where I wanted them were ones in which I really clamped down and gripped tightly to a sturdy support. Anything less than tight disciplined shotgun shooting form was likely to result on a flier.

I will not deny for a second that most shotgun shooters have better form than I do, but almost all of us have a tendency to forget some of the basics when we are in the middle of an encounter. It is my opinion that the H&R Ultra Light Slug Hunter will magnify any poor shooting form.

In terms of clinical accuracy, this is an excellent shotgun for the price. In the field however I think it is a poor choice. If you are a solitary stand or spot and stalk hunter, I would think that the H&R Ultra (with a heavy barrel) looks like a good choice. But personally I am going to return to my muzzleloader because it is a legal "shotgun" option in Iowa and also can be used in ML seasons. If you are a still hunter or a party hunter, I would find the weight and size of the Ultra Light to be attractive but I would not recommend a single shot.

If you are an extremely disciplined shooter looking for a light and inexpensive shotgun to hunt with from the stand, get in touch with me because I've got one for sale!    


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RE: Review: H&R Ultra Light Slug Hunter

Postby krawiech » Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:14 am

what are you asking for the slug gun hank k

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RE: Review: H&R Ultra Light Slug Hunter

Postby JPH » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:05 am

ORIGINAL: JPH
If you are an extremely disciplined shooter looking for a light and inexpensive shotgun to hunt with from the stand, get in touch with me because I've got one for sale!    



For the record, I put that line in my OP with "tongue in cheek". The forum rules are clear in that they do not want us to use the board as a rummage sale and I have not paid for any advertising.

If someone wants to contact me privately they are welcome to do so. I don't think D&DH would have a problem with that. But I was not really trying to solicit buyers at their expense. I was just trying to imply that I'm unloading the gun because it does not fit my shooting style.

Thanks for the inquiries. Sorry for the confusion.

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Re: Review: H&R Ultra Light Slug Hunter

Postby MSHunter » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:58 pm

JPH wrote:I just finished my second season with the 12 ga. H&R Ultra Light slug hunter, so I think I can finally offer a fair review.

As a bit of background I should share that I shot Federal Vital Shock, 2.75" Magnum, 3/4 oz., high velocity sabots. I used a red dot zeroed at 50 yards in the first season of use and a 2-7 scope zeroed at 100 yards in the second. I hunted mixed farmland with crop fields, pastures and small blocks of timber. All of my hunting was done from the stand or stalking. I did not hunt in a party or take running shots. So, here goes.

I found this gun to be extremely accurate on the range. I was able to pick fleas at 100 yards when shooting from a lead sled. Judging from this, I would say that the accuracy of the rifle barrel is beyond question.

In the field? Not so much.

Basically I found that the extreme light weight and compact design make it a difficult gun to manage while off-hand shooting. Even with a good sling I found my aim to be a little unsteady in an unsupported position. Even support from a limb or a pair of shooting sticks was not enough to guarantee shooting range accuracy. The shots that impacted just where I wanted them were ones in which I really clamped down and gripped tightly to a sturdy support. Anything less than tight disciplined shotgun shooting form was likely to result on a flier.

I will not deny for a second that most shotgun shooters have better form than I do, but almost all of us have a tendency to forget some of the basics when we are in the middle of an encounter. It is my opinion that the H&R Ultra Light Slug Hunter will magnify any poor shooting form.

In terms of clinical accuracy, this is an excellent shotgun for the price. In the field however I think it is a poor choice. If you are a solitary stand or spot and stalk hunter, I would think that the H&R Ultra (with a heavy barrel) looks like a good choice. But personally I am going to return to my muzzleloader because it is a legal "shotgun" option in Iowa and also can be used in ML seasons. If you are a still hunter or a party hunter, I would find the weight and size of the Ultra Light to be attractive but I would not recommend a single shot.

If you are an extremely disciplined shooter looking for a light and inexpensive shotgun to hunt with from the stand, get in touch with me because I've got one for sale!    


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JPH,
Just curious, but do you think the 20 gauge model would perform any better than the 12 gauge?
"This is the world we are born into -- we should never let that slip away from us. May it never cease to stimulate, inspire and humble us." from Stalking & Still-Hunting: The Ground Hunter's Bible by G. Fred Asbell


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