Interesting topic as almost everything is related to rifles in Texas. I'm interested in slug guns as a participant in the LRGV NWR hunts. I have a Rossi Single Shot Slug Gun and a Mossberg 695. I'm also a bullet caster and reloader so I've been shooting the Lee home cast slugs and they are very accurate.
I do have another Rossi Single Shot with a 12 gauge barrel, modified choke, and all this shooting I've done has gotten me thinking about having the barrel cut down to 18 1/2" and then drilling and tapping it for the sights. I want to shoot .690 round balls from it, I have a Lee mold for that ball. I've shot a bunch of round balls in different rifles but not a smooth bore. I do know of a fellow that has an older H&R 1871 Single Shot that was configured just like I described the work and use I intend. Apparently it is quite accurate out to about 70 yards. I figure that I'm not ever going to use that 12 gauge barrel otherwise, it was part of a combo rifle/shotgun package, so I might as well kill some hogs with it.
Here is my Rossi Rifled Slug Gun...
A close up of the Lee 7/8 ounce slugs...
I do prefer the 1 ounce slugs and 3" hulls over the 2 3/4" in that the gun has a 3" chamber. What I've found is the 2 3/4" creates 1/4" of free bore in the chamber and the transition from chamber to barrel has a 90°. The jump across that 1/4" of freebore and contact with the step does create some upset with either the slug, wad, or sabot.
In fact, if your gun has a 3" chamber shoot 3" factory ammo. As the crimp upfolds it lays flat against the chamber with the mouth of the hull providing a smooth transition exactly at the step. For my reloading I went to purchasing clear hulls, it really helps with checking the stack of components. I use a Lee 12 Gauge Magnum Loader Kit, found it the easiest for the slug work.
Back to the refuge, I see a lot of fellows using their smooth bores and slugs. Unfortunately, I do not know what ammo they use. Came across one fellow that had dropped a nilgai bull in the road at 127-yards with his smooth bore and Remington ammo. I was pretty impressed as all he had was the bead on the barrel. He did say that he had spent a lot of time send slugs down the barrel and had to really work at making sure that the bead was lined up on the center of the receiver. Double lunged the bull and knocked it off it's feet. It ran in place for a few seconds and was dead.
I hope to hear your shooting report, along with any others that find an interest. Here is what I expect from my Rossi and the 1 ounce slugs in a 3" hull. This is a hundred yard target, with a stiff, steady, 15 mph crosswind. I wanted to see exactly what the drift effect was. The group is minute of deer and that is what I'm use to.
I haven't mentioned the 695 as I hate shooting it. The trigger is like pulling a boat anchor. It was new old stock and one day I will take it apart to see what I can do with it.