Question: Can you shoot regular slugs in a rifled barrel?

What kind of slugs do you shoot through a rifled barrel?

If you’re using a fully rifled barrel, sabot slugs are a good choice. 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.

Will rifled slugs damage a rifled barrel?

Standard Foster (not Brenneke)rifled slugs are very soft. The “rifling” and soft lead construction of a foster slug will foul the rifling in your barrel. It can potentially build up enough to cause pressure issues. Depending on the gun, some will foul more than others depending on the condition of the bore.

Is it OK to shoot buckshot through a rifled barrel?

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. The only real way to know how much is to shoot it and pattern it.

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Is smoothbore better than rifled?

The chief advantages of smoothbore designs are their greater suitability for fin stabilised ammunition and their greatly reduced barrel wear compared with rifled designs.

What choke to use for slugs?

It’s important to select a choke tube with little to no constriction. That’s why a cylinder or improved cylinder choke is ideal for use with slugs. These types of chokes have a large enough diameter to shoot slugs without damaging the shotgun barrel or causing harm to the person firing.

How far will a 12 gauge shotgun slug travel?

A slug also becomes increasingly inaccurate with distance; out to 100 yards, it drops approximately 5″ and has a maximum range of approximately 400 yards. In contrast, centerfire projectiles from rifles can travel miles. Shotgun slugs are best suited for uses over short ranges.

How accurate are rifled slugs?

The effective range of rifled slugs is considerably less than that of saboted loads. But most shots taken at woodland deer are within 100 yards. Using a rifled or full-bore slug is no disadvantage at this relatively close range, but only if you can place the slug where you want it.

How accurate is a shotgun slug at 100 yards?

Maximum effective range is limited as much by the slug’s rapid decay of energy and velocity as by its poor accuracy.” Published in 1964, the “Fact Book” states that a typical 12-gauge, 1-ounce slug traveling at 1560 fps loses 60 percent of its energy at 100 yards.

Do you need a different barrel to shoot slugs?

Full-bore slugs should be used in smooth shotgun barrels; sabots are designed to be used in special shotgun rifled barrels. You can use a sabot in a smooth barrel, but don’t expect very good performance.

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Do BBs damage a rifled barrel?

The answer is that using steel BBs will unfortunately erode the rifling over time. It’s a good option for a number of combination BB and pellet firing models with rifled barrels, the lead shot will not damage the rifling and will maintain pretty good accuracy.

Can you shoot shot shells through rifled barrel?

If a person asks, “Can I use a rifled barrel to shoot buckshot?”, the answer is, “Yes, but it will cause a very large increase in pattern size.” And, past 12 yards, you would probably miss with more buckshot than you will hit with. And remember, you are responsible for every round of shot that goes down range.

Can you shoot sabot slugs through a smoothbore barrel?

Shooting sabot slugs through a smooth bore is a waste of money. They will “work” but accuracy suffers and there is no reason to spend the extra money for sabot slugs if you are going to shoot them through a smooth bore. Besides, if they are not flying straight and nose-first, they will not expand as designed.