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Varmint hunting with SlapShot

Our SlapShot ammo is widely known for its unmatched speed in the 12 gauge world, however there is more to it than just the speed. The thing that also sets SlapShot ammo apart is the ability to better control the penetration and energy propagation of the objects being impacted. Our team can accurately predict what will happen to different mediums upon impact with our slugs and speeds. Later in this post we will show how our ammo was used in a defensive situation and performed phenomenally.

Before we show the (somewhat graphic) photos and explanation of our ammo in use we want to touch on some changes that have been happening within SlapShot. Recently we have expanded into making more than just ammunition. We have opened our first storefront in our hometown of Longview WA. We have dedicated our store as a Close Quarters Defense Center where we help people buy and build the best firearms for the best price to not only shoot our ammo but to defend themselves. We also offer trainings and courses for firearm safety, force on force use, public safety and laws around defending yourself, and youth safety trainings. SlapShot is a family owned and operated company that dedicates itself to provide the best in close quarters defense wether it is products or information and trainings.



The victims: 12 Chickens

The Perpetrator: Masked Trash Panda

Although the technology was designed to prevent over penetration and increase stopping power in home defense or professional services, hunting enthusiasts have asked if it has a hunting application. SlapShot ammunition is suitable for varmint hunting, especially in areas where other properties and farms are within range of a typical bullet. The design enables the ability to shoot chicken stealing raccoons without fear of the slug over penetrating or traveling a thousand yards and hitting a neighbor’s property. So yes, there is a hunting application.

Now a discussion about trajectory, range and energy at range. This information is best discussed in light of an actual application. Rob has a small farm near our offices and was having problems with a chicken steeling raccoon. After losing 10 chickens to the thief he asked if we had something that would work to stop the raccoon. We supplied him with our original design of Precision Home Defense 250 ammunition but the LA 78 and 72 would have served his needs well. The PHD250 is a full bore .73 caliber slug designed to be fired from a rifled shotgun. A short while later Rob had us put together a Remington 870 DM Predator shotgun with a fully rifled barrel.

On thanksgiving night, the raccoon and a pal went to get their thanksgiving spread from Rob’s chicken coop. Rob saw the thieves in a tree. The raccoon was 30 to 40 yards away and 20 feet up in a tree. Rob took aim and fired. The raccoon dropped from the tree without a sound. Since Rob lives here in Kelso/Longview, we collected the thief and examined the crime scene.

We have had many discussions with customers about muzzle energy and gel tests and why we use water to test our ammunition. We use wood, water and gel to test ammunition. With high speed video and know how (physicist) the water tells exact information about energy propagation and pressure wave velocity. We are not dealing with lead and copper we are dealing with completely different technology. Gel gives a good visual representation of what happens on impact.

(pictures below: Ballistic gel demonstration with the SlapShot PHD250)

Below is a chart that illustrates external ballistics when Rob shot the raccoon:


The PHD 250 has a ¼ inch hollow point to facilitate rapid energy transfer. With a starting muzzle energy of 2099 foot pounds, at 30 to 40 yards the slug was traveling between 2100 FPS and 1800 FPS with approximately 1,047 to 811 foot-pounds of energy on impact. If projectiles pass through a subject, then starting muzzle energy is meaningless. Over penetration is wasted energy SlapShot slugs are designed to prevent wasted energy. Rob’s hunting scenario provided us with confirmation of things we had learned through scientific analysis.

We learned four things from this hunting trip. First the ammunition in a rifled shotgun is deadly accurate. Rob aimed with iron sights, aided by a tactical light, at the crown of the raccoon’s head. The slug impacted exactly where he aimed. Second, we learned that the pressure wave was intense and was contained in the front quarter of the raccoon. Third, the slug did not over penetrate, it imparted all of the energy into the front quarter of the raccoon and we recovered most of the slug. Finally, our tests using wood (bone analog) and water to predict what the slug will do helped us accurately predict the slug would pass through bone and react decisively to tissue.

SlapShot ammo is the #1 choice in home and chicken defense.