Shotgun- Rifled or Smoothbore?
Considering the Benelli M2 for 3-gun use, been a high power shooter my whole life and want to get into heavy metal competitions. For the shotgun configuration is it best to use a rifled barrel such as this: http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=30746 or a smooth bore: http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=30731 and just use rifled slugs when necessary? Thanks for the help
Smoothbore for certain. Their accuracy with slugs is good enough for any shot you will find at a 3-gun match. I'd guess around 90% of the shotgun shots I've taken at 3-gun matches in the last few years were birdshot. A rifled barrel won't perform well with shot.
Defiantly the smooth bore.
FYI, you will need to use a pump, not an auto, for the Heavy Metal Devision.
Gotchya, I guess I've got a lot to learn and it's perfect since I have a Mossberg 835 Ult-mag already :) Thanks! I figure a modified choke should be good?
A rifled barrel makes birdshot do funny things, so use a smoothbore.
You are allowed to change chokes during a 3-gun match, but modified and improved cylinder are common. Depends on your gun's patterns. And some pick a choke based on how well that choke shoots slugs.
A rifled barrel spins the birdshot in a cone pattern with not much in the middle.
My buddy ended up buying 2 of the same FN SLP's so he thought.
We took on out and he could not knock down anything with it, even up close.. We got to looking and it had a rifle barrel on it.
The other had choke tubes and shot like a dream.
Originally Posted By TruePunisher:
...FYI, you will need to use a pump, not an auto, for the Heavy Metal Devision.
Not necessarily. Under IMA-SMM3G rules
, for example, a 12ga pump is only required for Heavy Metal Limited division... Heavy Metal Scope permits the use of a 12ga semi-auto. Other match rules are different, so check the actual rules your match uses carefully.
Oh, and definitely no rifled shotgun barrels.
If the 835 is ported its an open shotgun not heavy metal. The capacity will also hurt you as well
If your 835 is over bored like mine you can't do slugs either.