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#52753 - 08/19/07 06:52 AM Hastings 20 Gauge 3-1/2 Inch slugs

I just received a flier from Hastings announcing their "Open Field" model slug gun and their 3-1/2 inch 20 gauge custom slug ammunition. The ammunition is described as having a 350-grain soft lead slug with a 60 grain impact-discarding sabot. They claim a 2000 fps muzzle velocity and 3600 ft-lb energy. They also included a ballistics chart that shows a 140-yard zero with a maximum rise above the sight line of 2.46 inches. They claim a remaining velocity of 1161 fps at 200 yards. If this information is true, they just might have something here.

The "Open Field" gun appears to be a rechambered NEF break-action single shot with a heavy rifled shotgun barrel.

I'm going to send my NEF rifle action to NEF and have a heavy 20 gauge rifled shotgun barrel fitted to it and then have it rechambered, either by Hastings or by someone else, for the 3-1/2 inch cartridge. Then I'd like to try some of the ammo. They list a couple of my distributors as handling their products so I'll see if I can obtain some of the ammo. I'll report what I find. If anyone else has any experience with the ammo, I'm sure that the rest of us would like to hear about it.

#52761 - 08/19/07 09:24 AM Re: Hastings 20 Gauge 3-1/2 Inch slugs [Re: ]
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Registered: 11/29/05
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Loc: IL
Here is the announcement on their website:


#52769 - 08/19/07 10:17 AM Re: Hastings 20 Gauge 3-1/2 Inch slugs [Re: PeteM]

I checked my wholesaler. The complete guns are under $300 wholesale, but the ammo is around $2 per round! Neither guns nor ammo is in stock yet, but as soon as the ammo is available I'll get some and try it out.


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