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what kind of slugs can i shoot through a smooth bore shotgun with a rifled choke

Question by Dustin321BANG. Uploaded on March 30, 2011

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

You can shoot all kinds of slugs in such a setup. However, the Foster style or 'Rifled' projectiles may give you some leading in the rifling of the choke tube.

Looking back in my shooting log here are my results with a 12 gauge Remington 870 and rifled Remington tube one day in 1993:

With Sabot loads at 50 yards...
Federal 3-inch produced a 3-shot group of 1.25"
Winchester High Velocity 3-inch produced a 3.5" group

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from JGooding1 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

You could shoot anything you want really.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Dustin,is there a reason for the rifled choke? If your shots are under 60 yards there is not much difference except for cost. Sabot slugs are great if your shots are gonna be out past 75 yards or if you are shooting paper.But with the cost they are hard fought for a reason to shoot them.With the newer foster type slugs like K.O , Truball and even Wolf a smoothbore shotgun can and does obtain some pretty impressive groups out to and exceeding 75 yards. Take a look at the buck photo I just posted of a friend. He shot it with a TruBall slug at 55yards with a smoothbore Ithica. Yes there is an advantage to rifled barrels under certain conditions. Like open fields or where you might get that 150 or so yard shot.But most deer are shot within 60 yards give or take a little. Try putting a cylinder bore or improved cylinder choke in with some of the newer slugs,it just might shock you on how well they group. And stick with the 2 3/4" slugs, 9 out of 10 times they group better and you are only gaining about 150fps with a whole lot more recoil.

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

the reason i got the rifled choke is because that's the only one the store had that would fire 12 gauge slugs. i am going to be using them mostly incase of a run in with an aggressive bear...i just needed to know if it mattered what kind of slugs i put through a smooth boor with a rifled choke if it would shoot good or banana or blowup the barrel

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

so i CAN shoot ANY kind of slugs through a smooth boor with a rifled choke? just want to get it clear sorry, first shotgun

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Yes you CAN!

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Better safe than sorry. I highly recommend Remington Copper Solids. I have shot charging Hogs ,black bear and buffalo with them in 12ga. They all dropped within feet. Nothing I have shot with them as gone more then 10/15 feet maximum. 1oz of solid copper does damage and has plenty of energy to spare

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

is shooting the copper solids with a rifled choke or a cylinder bore or improved cylinder choke? can i also shoot all slugs with an improved cylinder? what about buckshot? and other shot with an improved cylinder choke?

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

i want a choke that will b able to fire anything that will go into a shotgun if it exist

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Dustin, I use an Improved Cylinder choke tube with my 12 gauge with the cheapest Remington 2-3/4 inch rifled slugs (Slugger loads). Accuracy-wise I'm comfortable with this combo to 50 yards. I've only shot at deer and pigs, never bear, so have only hearsay about what's best. I have a friend that once worked in Alaska. He said a common practice is to alternate slugs with buckshot when carrying a shotgun in bear country...

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I am curious as to why someone in bear country would want to carry buckshot in their shotgun. That would piss off a bear. My officers, after I showed them on the range what 00 buckshot did at 30 yards, took the buckshot out of their patrol shotguns and carried slugs all of the time. Since our patrol area was primarily in the outdoors and not in a city or town, we did search houses and camps from time to time, but we still carried our slugs. Our officers had the idea that there was nothing in the world that they couldn't stop with a 12 guage slug. Ours were accurate and we carried Remington 870's with a 18 inch barrel with a single bead and cylinger choke and shooting Remington 2 3/4 inch slugs(Sluggers) could shoot 10 cutters at 35 yards. That is pretty good accuracy.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Sarge, the reasoning given me was that the buckshot is used to blind and confuse the bear and the slugs are for killing it. I haven't researched the issue to see if there are real life applications of the method.

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

okay thank you everybody, im guna get an improved cylinder for it :)

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Yes you CAN!

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Better safe than sorry. I highly recommend Remington Copper Solids. I have shot charging Hogs ,black bear and buffalo with them in 12ga. They all dropped within feet. Nothing I have shot with them as gone more then 10/15 feet maximum. 1oz of solid copper does damage and has plenty of energy to spare

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from JGooding1 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

You could shoot anything you want really.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Dustin,is there a reason for the rifled choke? If your shots are under 60 yards there is not much difference except for cost. Sabot slugs are great if your shots are gonna be out past 75 yards or if you are shooting paper.But with the cost they are hard fought for a reason to shoot them.With the newer foster type slugs like K.O , Truball and even Wolf a smoothbore shotgun can and does obtain some pretty impressive groups out to and exceeding 75 yards. Take a look at the buck photo I just posted of a friend. He shot it with a TruBall slug at 55yards with a smoothbore Ithica. Yes there is an advantage to rifled barrels under certain conditions. Like open fields or where you might get that 150 or so yard shot.But most deer are shot within 60 yards give or take a little. Try putting a cylinder bore or improved cylinder choke in with some of the newer slugs,it just might shock you on how well they group. And stick with the 2 3/4" slugs, 9 out of 10 times they group better and you are only gaining about 150fps with a whole lot more recoil.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

You can shoot all kinds of slugs in such a setup. However, the Foster style or 'Rifled' projectiles may give you some leading in the rifling of the choke tube.

Looking back in my shooting log here are my results with a 12 gauge Remington 870 and rifled Remington tube one day in 1993:

With Sabot loads at 50 yards...
Federal 3-inch produced a 3-shot group of 1.25"
Winchester High Velocity 3-inch produced a 3.5" group

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

so i CAN shoot ANY kind of slugs through a smooth boor with a rifled choke? just want to get it clear sorry, first shotgun

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Dustin, I use an Improved Cylinder choke tube with my 12 gauge with the cheapest Remington 2-3/4 inch rifled slugs (Slugger loads). Accuracy-wise I'm comfortable with this combo to 50 yards. I've only shot at deer and pigs, never bear, so have only hearsay about what's best. I have a friend that once worked in Alaska. He said a common practice is to alternate slugs with buckshot when carrying a shotgun in bear country...

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

okay thank you everybody, im guna get an improved cylinder for it :)

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

the reason i got the rifled choke is because that's the only one the store had that would fire 12 gauge slugs. i am going to be using them mostly incase of a run in with an aggressive bear...i just needed to know if it mattered what kind of slugs i put through a smooth boor with a rifled choke if it would shoot good or banana or blowup the barrel

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

is shooting the copper solids with a rifled choke or a cylinder bore or improved cylinder choke? can i also shoot all slugs with an improved cylinder? what about buckshot? and other shot with an improved cylinder choke?

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from Dustin321BANG wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

i want a choke that will b able to fire anything that will go into a shotgun if it exist

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I am curious as to why someone in bear country would want to carry buckshot in their shotgun. That would piss off a bear. My officers, after I showed them on the range what 00 buckshot did at 30 yards, took the buckshot out of their patrol shotguns and carried slugs all of the time. Since our patrol area was primarily in the outdoors and not in a city or town, we did search houses and camps from time to time, but we still carried our slugs. Our officers had the idea that there was nothing in the world that they couldn't stop with a 12 guage slug. Ours were accurate and we carried Remington 870's with a 18 inch barrel with a single bead and cylinger choke and shooting Remington 2 3/4 inch slugs(Sluggers) could shoot 10 cutters at 35 yards. That is pretty good accuracy.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Sarge, the reasoning given me was that the buckshot is used to blind and confuse the bear and the slugs are for killing it. I haven't researched the issue to see if there are real life applications of the method.

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