Thug Slug 12ga 1-1/8oz (25/pk)

Thug Slug 12ga 1-1/8oz (25/pk)
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Thug Slug 12ga 1-1/8oz (25/pak)
*NOT loaded ammunition  

The Thug Slug is our most advanced slug design to date. Over the course of over 40 years of lab and field testing, we've seen and shot countless slug designs. Nothing has performed like the Thug Slug.

Thug Slugs were named by one of the guys in our plant. His words were, "Thugs are flat-nosed, hard-hitting fighters." The name stuck. The guys in our ballistic lab are also crowing about the performance of the Thug Slug series because they satisfy all the critical criteria of a superior shotshell projectile:

  • Hard-hitting performance in every size and weight.
  • Precise accuracy from both rifled and smoothbore barrels.
  • Loading ease with data utilizing roll and fold crimps.

There is a slug in this series for almost every type of slug shooter and slug-oriented game. The net result is what you've come to expect: tight target groupings and hard hitting, knock-down performance in both smoothbore and rifled barrels. The Thug Slug series is available in 12ga, 16ga, 20ga, 28ga, and .410 (36ga).


  • Unitized one-piece design.
  • Easy to load: Roll or Fold crimp.
  • Double-reinforced gas seal.
  • Quad-buckle self-adjusting cushion system.
  • Rifled ribbing engages rifling and reduces the friction of bore-contact.
  • Flat-nose design increases relative shock power and allows for easy loading.
  • Hollow-point design for maximum impact and rapid energy transfer.

Energy damping crush-sections absorb setback forces, enabling the projectile to stabilize earlier in the propulsion cycle. Successfully utilized used in both rifled and non-rifled shotguns.

Note on .410: Our ballistic lab has seen early success with this slug in many .410 handguns. We'll be developing more great loads with the LC .410 Thug Slug  for our  "Judgement" series of loads.

Load data: Current loading data is available in the Fifth Edition of the Slug Manual as well as our Thug Slug Brochure.

Product Type: Slug, lead, with molded plastic carrier
Size: 12-gauge 1 oz (368.8 grain lead slug + 55 grain carrier = 423.8 grains total)
Type: Flat-nose hollow-point lead

*Industry-accepted tolerances apply to all weights and measures.

When loading slug components with an inherent gas seal, the entire slug component must be nudged down with your reloading press' rammer tube. Many loaders complain that they don't have enough room for a crimp. This tells us that the reloader is NOT pushing down on the slug prior to crimping and thus not properly seating the slug on the powder. Depending on your loading tool, these loads may require a series of nudges to allow the powder to enter and fill the concave (cupped) plastic gas seal. If you don't do this, then you'll get the "no-fit" problem or a failed load when the powder refuses to fully ignite. Burned or punctured gas seals is almost always a result of this user error.

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Great product 2/6/2021
Easy to load.
Thug slug load development 1.12 oz 12/5/2018
I used IMR 700x data provided listed a max charge of 22 grains. I started 10% lower and with 20 gr had poor accuracy and fte. 21.5 gr has good accuracy. Approx 4 at 100 yds. I would recommend these. I used Mossy 9200 with 24 smoothbore- IC tube. Roll Crimp Also My tests with the RSS so far is terrible.
Denny P
THUG 11/30/2013
I am sorry, it was a long day and a short night. I called the thug slug a thunder slug. I like their name better.
Reference Brads review 11/25/2013
I neglected to include the components I used. Ballistic products Cheddite 2 3/4 inch new hull. 20 grains of 700X powder. With a folded crimp. This info was provided with the purchase of the slugs. Be sure to ask for it to be included in the order. The folks at Ballistic products have been very helpful and their products have been great. Thanks.
1 1/8 oz Thunder Slug and rifled slug barrel. 11/18/2013
I have a NEF 12ga slug gun with a heavy rifled barrel.. When I first got the gun I tried a variety of slugs. The best shooting round I found was Remington 1 oz. copper solids in 2 3/4 inch. They are about $18.00 for box of five. I loaded up some thunder slugs and after sighting in a new scope I was hitting one inch groups at 60 yards. It was from a rest I am not going to be that good free hand. I was impressed and ordered two more boxes. They like rifled barrels. no more sabots for me. They are more accurate than the copper sabots in my gun at a fraction of the cost.

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