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Federal Trophy Copper SluG
federalpremium.com
■ Type: all-copper sabot shotgun slug
■ Gauge: 12, 20
■ length: 23/4" or 3"
■ Weight: 275 grs. (20); 300 grs. (12)
Photo: Author

■ advertised Muzzle Velocity: 2000 fps (12ga. 3"); 1900 fps (12-ga. 23/4" and 20-ga.
3"); 1700 fps (20-ga. 2¾")
■ MSrp: 23/4" $15; 3" $18

slug's petals peel back around it. Speaking
of which, the Trophy Copper Slug is preskived to initiate expansion. Federal says
the skiving also results in consistent bullet upset (mushrooming) across a range of
distances and energy levels. In addition to
my Alberta buck, which was shot at about
125 yards, a hunter sharing camp shot
one with the Trophy Copper Slug at just
more than 150 yards. The slug displayed
a nice uniform mushroom and retained
all petals. I also shot a coyote in Alberta at
a distance of 125 yards. As you may have
guessed, the coyote proved no match for
a heavy shotgun slug, but I include this as
further testament to the slug's accuracy.

Interestingly, the slug's copper construction proved hard enough that the entry/
exit wounds weren't as substantial as you
may suspect. The 50-pound male coyote
made a nice rug.
Based on my initial, very positive experience, I was excited to more thoroughly
evaluate the accuracy of the Trophy Copper
Slug load. The Benelli shotgun I borrowed
for my Alberta hunt was no longer available,
so I borrowed another Super Black Eagle II
to keep things consistent. Unfortunately, the
load underperformed compared to my previous results. I shot five three-shot groups,
which averaged 2.42 inches. Hey, that's

pretty good for a slug at 100 yards. Probably
well above average, in fact, and I would've
been happy if not for my prior results. For
both tests, I used a 12-gauge Benelli Super
Black Eagle II with a 1:28-twist rifled slug
barrel and 23/4-inch shells with 300-grain
slugs. The ammo was the same. The shooter
was the same. And the test seems simply to
reaffirm that guns, even of the same model,
don't always shoot alike.
However, my overall impression of
the Federal Trophy Copper Slug remains
a strong one. In the right gun, it achieves
dramatic accuracy results. And I'm equally
impressed by its performance on game. ah

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