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Posted: 11/8/2001 6:21:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/8/2001 6:14:32 PM EST by mattimeo]
Okay, I dunno if this has been asked before, but I can't find anything on it. Maybe I jut lack Search Skills or something.

But here goes. Can you fire rifled slugs from a smoothbore barrel? I know they make the special rifled slug barrels and all, but i've hard that you can fire these through a smooth one, albeit with reduced accuracy.

Is this true?
Link Posted: 11/8/2001 6:27:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/8/2001 6:22:13 PM EST by kevhogAZ]
I fire 'em all the time out of my Winchester. True, accuracy is reduced, but you could still hit somebody in the torso, at 50-75 yds. if you practiced enough. You can get slugs, that are already rifled, negating the need for a rifled barrel. I prefer the Federal 3" 1 1/4 ounce rifled slugs, they spit a flame about a foot long out of my 18" barrel!
Link Posted: 11/8/2001 6:37:00 PM EST
Yes, you can fire a rifled slug out of a smooth bored barrel. This is what they were made for, to make smooth bore barrels more accurate. Sabots are made for rifled barrels, and the cost up to 3 times as much as slugs.
Link Posted: 11/8/2001 6:48:24 PM EST
Thanks, guys!
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 6:07:42 AM EST
Another cool slug is the mini-slug,

1/2 size cartridge. Have to be in a pump though. I load my 870 with the mini-slug as the first round followed by buckshot. The mini has way less kick & is quite accurate in a smooth barrel out to 25 yds (haven't tried if farther). I only use it in the first shot because since it's so small they somethimes bunch up in the receiver trying to chamber follow up rounds.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 9:40:42 AM EST
If you are using them for personal protection, don't overlook the 1 ounce, reduced velocity (recoil) slugs.
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