Remington Permier Copper Solid 1 oz. Hollow Point Magnum Sabot Slug.
The literature states that this slug is designed to be sighted-in at 50 yards. It has a muzzle velocity of 1450 feet per second and over 2000 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. At 50 yards it retains over 1600 foot pounds of energy and has a velocity of over 1300 feet per second. This slug also claims a "2x expansion and 100% weight retention". Okay, does it shoot?
I have easy access to a 100 yard range and since most of my shots at deer are at that range or less, that's what I use to test deer slug loads. Since this slug is designed to be "dead-on" at 50 yards, that's the distance I used to conduct my tests.
I used my Benelli SBE with a Shaw custom rifled barrel for all my tests. That's a little overkill for a 50 yard shot but it's what I used.
The Copper Solid perfomed as advertised at this distance. It shot nice 1" groups through this barrel with no flyers. I also recoverd several of the slugs and they appeared to expand pretty well and I could not detect any loss of material.
Frankly, I've always been a bit skeptical of the ability of solid copper projectiles to expand and impart sufficient energy to a "live" target. I'd have to say that these slugs went a long way to convincing me that the technology has evolved and that Copper Solid slugs will do the job.
If your shots at deer are 50 yards and under, like mine, you may want to pick up a box of these slugs and try them in your rifled barrel.