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MORE THOUGHTS ON PERFORMANCE
I elected to test the 870 DM with several slug loads, including the Hornady American Gunner. I also fired a couple of Lightfield’s 3-inch Magnum slugs. I will long remember the experience! The Remington accepts 3-inch shells. While the majority of situations are easily handled by 2 ¾-inch buckshot or slugs, the 3-inch Magnum slug is an awesome load for defense against the largest animals. There are also reduced-recoil slugs that offer excellent penetration and wound potential. Function was good. The 870 DM fired about an inch to the right of the bead at 10 yards, so I corrected that. At 15 yards, it wasn’t difficult to put three slugs into a single ragged hole. At 50 yards, taking all the time necessary and leaning against a barricade rest, I was able to put three slugs into 4 inches, on average. I am confident the 870 DM will strike a man-sized target in the chest at 75 yards. Few realize that the 1-ounce slug expands in the body at moderate range, making for a very effective load. Buckshot offers greater hit probability against a running target or a target at maximum buckshot range.