Frequent question: Can you shoot regular shot out of a slug barrel?

You can safely shoot small shot, buckshot, or slugs in that barrel safely. It will be a scatter gun due to little or no choke.

Can you shoot birdshot out of a smooth slug barrel?

no. for “survival” shooting slugs/birdshot/etc., use a rifled barrel 18 inch improved modified choke. during the last 2 inches before the muzzle to prevent “keyholing” at target distances.

Is it okay to shoot birdshot through a rifled barrel?

Shooting buckshot and birdshot out of a rifled barrel won’t harm the barrel in the least. But… your shot patterns may not be the best, and you may get excessive leading in the rifling, which might hurt your accuracy when shooting slugs. Also, lead streaks can be very difficult to clean out of a barrel.

Will buckshot damage a slug barrel?

Super Moderator. Yes you can shoot buckshot through it without any ill effects. The rifled barrel will cause the shot column to spin, which will open up your pattern and lessen the effective range of your buckshot.

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Can I shoot regular slugs out of a rifled barrel?

You can shoot rifled slugs out of a rifled barrel, some are pretty accurate actually until the rifling fouls out, which could be as short as three or four shots. They even make some rifled slugs for rifled barrels using a special coating and/or harder alloys in the lead to reduce fouling.

Will rifled slugs hurt a smooth barrel?

RE: Rifled slugs in the smooth bore? Shooting rifled slugs in a rifled barrel will not harm the barrel. It may lead it up a bit making cleaning difficult though. A rifled barrel does not improve the accuracy of rifled slugs so the rifling benefit is wasted.

Can all shotguns shoot slugs?

No, not all shotguns are meant to shoot slugs. Non-rifled (smoothbore) shotguns are meant to shoot foster style slugs. Also, be careful with shooting any type of slugs out of older shotguns, or shotguns with a choke, a choke adds restriction which may deform your barrel over time.

Can you shoot buckshot through a full choke?

Of course you can shoot 00 through a full choke… Whether it patterns as well as other chokes through your specific gun is a matter of you doing your homework… But any ‘modern barrel’ in good condition will not be hurt by it… Won’t hurt the barrel, but patterns may be less than good….

Can you shoot a sabot slug through a non rifled barrel?

Definitely, a sabot slug should always be used in a rifled shotgun barrel. You can also use sabot slugs in a smoothbore barrel but most hunters see it as a waste of money to do so. You’ll get less than optimal performance.

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What happens when you shoot a rifled slug through a rifled barrel?

Foster slugs can be fired through a rifled barrel, and hunters who shoot rifled slugs through their rifled barrels claim to get good to excellent results. However, the lead fouling can be severe, and requires more frequent cleaning to maintain the level of accuracy.

What type of barrel do you shoot buckshot?

It’s for shooting shot (buck and bird shot) an “rifled”, aka foster, slugs. They are called rifled slugs because the slug themselves have fin, rifling, that reduce the friction between the slug and barrel. It also helps them swag down through a choke. Most people prefer a 18.5″ barrel for home defense.

What are the best slugs for a rifled barrel?

While Brenneke and Foster slugs can be used in either smoothbore or rifled barrels (with the drawback of fouling in rifled barrels), sabots are designed for use only in rifled shotgun barrels. Since the sabot slug gets a boost from the rifled barrel, the range and accuracy of these slugs is significantly increased.

Do I need a slug barrel to shoot slugs?

Many shotguns come standard with a smooth bore barrel because that’s what you need to have to shoot shot (shells that have bbs or multiple projectiles – these are used in bird hunting and other sporting situations). In addition to shooting shot, you can also shoot slugs out of a smooth bore barrel.

Can I shoot a slug through a choke?

A cylinder choke is recommended for shooting rifled slugs in a smooth-bore barrel. Sabot slugs should only be shot through our fully-rifled slug barrels. It is not safe to shoot slugs through chokes tighter than those listed here.

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