Quick Answer: Is It OK To Shoot Rifled Slugs In A Smooth Barrel?

What happens when you shoot a slug through a full choke?

Yes, you could damage the barrel.

The full choke is place in the barrel in order to help tighten a pattern of a charge of ‘shot’ being fired from the shotgun.

Some slugs will ruin any barrel not designed to shoot that particular slug with one shot others will slowly damage the choke if more than a few rounds are fired..

What is the best choke for slugs?

Improved cylinder, cylinder choke, and rifled choke tubes are the best choke tubes for slugs. These choke tubes offer little constriction to provide stability when shooting.

Can you shoot sabot slugs through smooth barrel?

Sabot slugs in a rifled barrel are very accurate. 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.

What is the best slug for a smooth bore shotgun?

The American Whitetail® 12 gauge Rifled Slug turns your smooth bore shotgun into a deer hunting machine! Designed for smooth bore barrels, Hornady® American Whitetail® Rifled Slugs feature a 1-ounce lead alloy slug that is loaded to 1,600 feet per second.

Can you shoot slugs through a choke?

As stated before, rifled slugs can be fired through a smoothbore, and smooth, sabot, slugs can be fired through a rifled bore or rifled choke tube. Usually slugs are most accurate with more open chokes. You’ll need to shoot your gun at a target, just like a rifle, to find out which slug/choke combination it prefers.

What is the difference between a rifled slug and a sabot slug?

A sabot slug is what you want to shoot out of a rifled barrel because the barrel will put the spin on the projectile. … A rifled slug is what you want to shoot out a smooth bore barrel. Because the barrel is smooth, the projectile will not rotate appropriately unless it has rifling on it.

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.

How far can you shoot a slug accurately?

The Myth: Shotgun slugs for big game should be limited to 100 yards. The “NRA Firearms Fact Book” says: “Shotgun slugs should not be used at ranges greater than about 75 yards.

How accurate is a smooth bore slug gun?

To 75 yards they have become extremely accurate. My current favorite is Brenneke’s K.O. , which has an attached plastic wad that works like the tail of a badminton bird to keep the the slug flying straight.

How accurate are sabot slugs?

In fact, even average-quality sabot slugs fired through a rifled barrel can reliably accomplish 3-inch groups at 100 yards and 6-inch groups at 200 yards!

Will rifled slugs damage a smooth barrel?

In almost all cases, you should only use rifled slugs in smoothbore barrels. If you have a rifled shotgun barrel, you’re going to want sabot slugs. It’s counter-intuitive to what the “rifled” slug name suggests and while it may not be a catastrophic failure, you could damage the grooves in your rifled shotgun barrel.

Do I need a special 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.