Svarog’s Botfly Slug Verses Deer
Last summer, Svarog Bullet Mold company out of Russia reached out to me and asked if I would review their new slug mold called the Botfly. I’ve always been impressed with the quality and ease of use with the Svarog’s mold, so I jumped at the opportunity.
When the mold came in, I jumped on the casting bench and got to work. First thing I noticed is the design of the Botfly. I describe it as being a cross between with Kontavara slug with the three driving bands and the Zverboy four-segmented hollow point slug with one exception: the Botfly only have 3 segments in its design.
The driving measured around 0.730” with the average weight of 506 grains with the Ballistic Products BW12 wad screwed to the slug. That’s right, I said screwed. This is a plumbata-style slug meaning the slug is attached to the wad. This design gives it its flight stability where the wad acts like the fletching’s on an arrow, keeping it’s trajectory true. Plumbata-style slugs can be fired with great accuracy from both rifled and smoothbore shotguns.
I worked up a couple different kids using Blue Dot and Longshot. Both shot great at 50 yards, but the Longshot load just barely edged out Blue Dot. I worked up a reduced load for my 12 year old son (although he’s big for his age, didn’t want to beat him up too bad) pushing the Botfly at 1250 fps, which is more than enough for anything under 100 yards.
The day came when it was time to put these Botfly’s to the test. Running late for the evening hunt, I failed to grab my camcorder and GoPro cams. Instead, I settled on using my iPhone. If any of you care, the link to that awful YouTube video can be found here. We got set up in the ground blind and adjusted the Caldwell Field Pod to fit my H&R Ultra Slug Hunter. All we need now is a legal deer to show.
It wasn’t long before this old cull buck came sauntering in. My son Ethan, while breathing hard like a fat man walking up a flight of stairs, kept an eerily calm composure. Luckily for us, it took the buck about 10 minutes to offer up a shot and trust me, that was time much needed (probably more so for me). Having his rump to us, the old buck stepped to his left giving us an awesome, textbook quartering away shot.
“Steady, son. You on him?”
“Let’em have it.”
BOOM! The report to shotgun broke the silence of that cool, fall evening. I witness a massive blob of crimson blood exited the deer right behind the shoulder. Perfect shot. On a dead sprint, the buck ran out of our field of view confined by the ground blind for which the ambush was sat. I know this deer couldn’t went far. He was hit pretty damn good.
Following the hunter’s recovery time protocol of 30 mins, we promptly exited the ground blind, only to easily find a massive blood trail spanning about 20 yards leading to a downed buck. Shot placement was absolutely perfect. The slug entered low on the left shoulder taking an upward angle and lodging just under the hide on the opposite side.
NOTE: The following pics contain graphic material of real life terminal ballistics on an animal.
Reloading this slug is pretty straight forward. The most important thing to note is you must have the slug centered on the wad before you attach it with the screw. If the slug is off-centered, flight path will pitch and yaw resulting in keyholing. In my YouTube video, you’ll see an example of what I’m talking about:
Leon is a 10 year Marine vet, husband, father, and passionate bow hunter that loves chunking large bricks of lead at game and targets.