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can u shoot rifled slugs out of a rifled barrel or sabots only

Question by mitchskin. Uploaded on November 16, 2010

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

No, only shoot non rifled or sabot slugs in a rifled barrel. lets say just for instance your barrel is a 1-5 twist, and the rifled slug produced a 1-8 twist, not only will you damage the barrel, but the slug will have either more, or less twist than it's designed to use, making it unstable and inaccurate.Rifled slugs are specifically designed to be used in non rifled barrels, the slugs are made to accomodate the twist the slug itself developes in the barrel in order to function correctly.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

According to what I've read, rifled slugs can be shot using a fully rifled barrel. Some say the accuracy is pretty good but there can be some lead fouling depending upon the slug design. The rifling on a Foster slug apparently does not impart a spin but is there to reduce the bearing surface on the barrel and thus reduce friction.

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from deerhound34 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

i have a shotgun barrel i only shoot buckshot out of it....what kind of slugs can i shoot out of it without damaging mi barrel..it has a removable modified choke in it and iam not going to get a improved cylinder choke thing or whatever

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

The Brenneke or Foster style (rifled) slugs should shoot fine in your gun with the modified choke. You will need to try different manufacturers and loadings to see what shoots best. 2-3/4 inch Remington Sluggers are what I use.

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from shane wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

You actually can shoot rifled slugs out of a rifled barrel. Lead is soft and shotgun twist rates are pretty darn slow so it works out OK. Accuracy is decent. Rifled barrels are meant to shoot sabot slugs, though. You will get your best accuracy and ballistics this way.

Shoot rifled slugs out of a smoothbore barrel. I don't like it, but apparently modified chokes are fine for rifled slugs. I would go with cylinder bore/cylinder choke or improved cylinder chokes for the best accuracy and performace if you can.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Listen to Shane I couldn't say it any better.

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from Jason Janacek wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Here is the TRUTH on this subject. Contrary to popular belief, the "rifled Slug" is not rifled to to produce a spin in the bore of a shotgun. As a matter of fact, anyone familiar with Internal Ballistics will know this. The Foster Rifled slug has rifling to produce a spin as it travels through air. Not the barrel. The slug DOES NOT SPIN IN THE BORE. PERIOD. Now, can you use these slugs in a rifled barrel? Yes. Any rifled barrel will shoot any rifled slug. The rifling in a shotgun bore will cut into the rifled slug and produce its own spin characteristics there. HOWEVER, it will not be as accurate as a sabot slug would be in the same barrel. Hope this helps. Just dont let anyone tell you a rifled slug is rifled to grip the inside of a bore and start a spin on it. It does not. If you want conformation, find a super slow motion video of a foster slug exiting a smooth bore. ----Jason Janacek

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from Jacob Hamilton wrote 19 weeks 3 days ago

i have question...idk if its been answered before on here so sorry in advance, but i have a 20 gauge shotgun with the normal barrel that it came with, its a remington 870 express. i wanted to know whats the best slugs ( accuracy wise) that i shuld use for this gun...i dont want to mess anything up.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

According to what I've read, rifled slugs can be shot using a fully rifled barrel. Some say the accuracy is pretty good but there can be some lead fouling depending upon the slug design. The rifling on a Foster slug apparently does not impart a spin but is there to reduce the bearing surface on the barrel and thus reduce friction.

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from Jason Janacek wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Here is the TRUTH on this subject. Contrary to popular belief, the "rifled Slug" is not rifled to to produce a spin in the bore of a shotgun. As a matter of fact, anyone familiar with Internal Ballistics will know this. The Foster Rifled slug has rifling to produce a spin as it travels through air. Not the barrel. The slug DOES NOT SPIN IN THE BORE. PERIOD. Now, can you use these slugs in a rifled barrel? Yes. Any rifled barrel will shoot any rifled slug. The rifling in a shotgun bore will cut into the rifled slug and produce its own spin characteristics there. HOWEVER, it will not be as accurate as a sabot slug would be in the same barrel. Hope this helps. Just dont let anyone tell you a rifled slug is rifled to grip the inside of a bore and start a spin on it. It does not. If you want conformation, find a super slow motion video of a foster slug exiting a smooth bore. ----Jason Janacek

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from deerhound34 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

i have a shotgun barrel i only shoot buckshot out of it....what kind of slugs can i shoot out of it without damaging mi barrel..it has a removable modified choke in it and iam not going to get a improved cylinder choke thing or whatever

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

The Brenneke or Foster style (rifled) slugs should shoot fine in your gun with the modified choke. You will need to try different manufacturers and loadings to see what shoots best. 2-3/4 inch Remington Sluggers are what I use.

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from shane wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

You actually can shoot rifled slugs out of a rifled barrel. Lead is soft and shotgun twist rates are pretty darn slow so it works out OK. Accuracy is decent. Rifled barrels are meant to shoot sabot slugs, though. You will get your best accuracy and ballistics this way.

Shoot rifled slugs out of a smoothbore barrel. I don't like it, but apparently modified chokes are fine for rifled slugs. I would go with cylinder bore/cylinder choke or improved cylinder chokes for the best accuracy and performace if you can.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Listen to Shane I couldn't say it any better.

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from Jacob Hamilton wrote 19 weeks 3 days ago

i have question...idk if its been answered before on here so sorry in advance, but i have a 20 gauge shotgun with the normal barrel that it came with, its a remington 870 express. i wanted to know whats the best slugs ( accuracy wise) that i shuld use for this gun...i dont want to mess anything up.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

No, only shoot non rifled or sabot slugs in a rifled barrel. lets say just for instance your barrel is a 1-5 twist, and the rifled slug produced a 1-8 twist, not only will you damage the barrel, but the slug will have either more, or less twist than it's designed to use, making it unstable and inaccurate.Rifled slugs are specifically designed to be used in non rifled barrels, the slugs are made to accomodate the twist the slug itself developes in the barrel in order to function correctly.

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