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GUNS Magazine December 2012 Digital Edition - Page 78
Featuring: GUNS aLL-StarS sauvEstrE’s high-tEch slug HolT BodINSoN rench “Sauvestre” brand F shotgun and rifle ammunition is once again availback creating an enlarged wound channel while the hard core, now exposed at the nose, functions as a penetrator. The rather complex, gold-colored, polymer sabot is molded precisely to the body of the projectile while the bore-riding surface of the sabot consists of a series of narrow ribs with an outside diameter of .745". The ribbed design works well in both smoothbore and rifled barrels. Interestingly, when the complete sabot is seated in the factory case, the fin portion of the projectile is actually Century is importing a seated in the middle of the full line of Sauvestre slugs in 12 and 20 gauges powder charge. That fin is made from a tough poly(above). From a rifled mer! or smooth bore, the Factory quoted ballisSauvestre slug delivered tics are interesting. From impressive accuracy a 24" barrel (smooth or (below). rifled not stated), the slug has a muzzle velocity of 1,887 fps, churning up approximately 2,562 footpounds of energy. Sighted in at 100 meters, the slug is 1.45" high at 50m and +1.38" at 75m. That’s flat. The factory recommends the slug for wild boar, roe deer and red deer. I had five rounds to play with. One I disassembled for the photographs so I decided to shoot two at 50 yards from a smooth bore Ultra 87 with open sights and two from a rifled and The polymer sabot (above) scoped Savage Model 210. Having had some painful is molded precisely to the experiences with the dambody of the projectile. age that separating sabots The fin-stabilized, kinetic energy projectile (below) is can do to chronograph screens, I chose not to concertainly exotic looking. firm the factory’s velocity figures. The accuracy of those four remaining rounds was remarkable. The Savage printed two holes that touched with a center-tocenter measurement of 3/4". The Ultra 87 by Century Arms has always been able through a new importer, Century International Arms. Sauvestre’s shotgun slug is especially intriguing. From a design point-of-view, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s pretty radical, looking ever so much like a miniature rocket, and its designer is as intriguing as the fin-stabilized slug he created. Jean-Claude Sauvestre is a recognized munitions engineer who was formerly in charge of France’s entire weapons development program. He worked extensively on sabot and fin-stabilized tank ammunition, and having a lifelong passion for hunting, it was almost foreordained that Sauvestre would eventually turn his considerable engineering talents loose on cutting-edge hunting ammunition. He’s done exactly that with today’s lead-free lines of Sauvestre rifle and shotgun slug ammunition. Sauvestre’s slug, known in French as the “Arrow Projectile,” incorporates some of the design principles employed in modern tank munitions—a fin-stabilized kinetic energy projectile surrounded by an advanced sabot molded from aerospace-quality polymers. The 12-gauge, 2-3/4" slug pictured here weighs 318 grains, is 2" long and sports an unexpanded diameter of .460" at the nose. The body is composed of two, nonferrous alloys—a hard central core attached to the rear fin surrounded by a softer, expanding cup at the nose. Upon impact, the cup folds 78 an outstanding performer with slugs of all types and turned in a 1" group. The clean cut holes in the target measured 7/16" in diameter with four slits made by the stabilizing fins quite evident at the periphery. Another observation that was interesting was there was no visible powder fouling left in the bores after firing the Sauvestre slugs. Century is importing the full line of Sauvestre ammunition, which includes 12- and 20-gauge slugs in 2-3/4" and 3" cases as well as centerfire rifle ammunition. As a complex, premium slug, the 12-gauge Sauvestre slugs sell for $47.95 per box of five. A bit pricey for a lot of practice, but for hunting, how many slugs do you shoot each year pursuing big game? Ammunition is still the cheapest part of the hunt and the most important. Given its high velocity, flat trajectory and excellent ballistic form, the Sauvestre slug should prove very effective in the field. By all means, be sure to see the great videos of the product on the Century and Sauvestre websites. CeNtUry iNterNatioNal armS 430 S. CoNGreSS ave., Ste. 1 Delray BeaCh, Fl 33445 (800) 527-1252 www.GUNSmaGaziNe.Com/ CeNtUry-iNterNatioNal-armS SaUveStre thiFaN iNDUStrie S.a.r.l. Bp 61 18230 St. DoUlCharD, FraNCe www.GUNSmaGaziNe.Com/SaUveStre huntErJohn targEts HolT BodINSoN hen was the last time you patW terned your shotgun? Possibly never? If so, join the club. It’s a big club. To most smoothbore users, patterning seems almost superfluous. A shotgun’s a scattergun, right? When we miss, we universally blame our leads. But what if your target simply sailed through one of the many holes in your shot pattern or was just tagged by a single pellet on the weak outer fringe of your pattern. Or suppose your scattergun doesn’t really center its pattern where you know your point-of-aim is. Suppose the stocking of the gun doesn’t fit your anatomy and affects your ability to center your patterns. Suppose your shotgun with its particular chambers, forcing cones, bore size and chokes simply isn’t compatible with the factory ammunition or handload it’s being fed. How will you ever know if you don’t spend a few minutes shooting patterns on paper? The answer is you won’t. W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 2