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Posted: 6/11/2014 10:52:28 AM EDT
I am thru buying deer rifles. I rarely get to hunt and don't want to keep a damn rifle that isn't going to get shot or used. So I am in the market for a slug barrel. Should I get a rifles slug barrel? A smooth slug barrel? What kind of slugs do you use with each? Example: do you fire rifled slugs from a smooth barrel or??????

Thanks for the advice.

Mike
Link Posted: 6/11/2014 2:09:14 PM EDT
I'm no expert but it seems like a rifled slug barrel would be more accurate than a smoothbore. I'm a little concerned that you want less guns instead of more....this doesn't compute. Wouldn't a slug barrel sitting around until deer season be very similar to a deer rifle sitting around until deer season? Is it the space you need? Are you making room to house immigrant dwarfs?

You must reverse this course of action!
Link Posted: 6/11/2014 2:27:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Brandi:
I'm no expert but it seems like a rifled slug barrel would be more accurate than a smoothbore. I'm a little concerned that you want less guns instead of more....this doesn't compute. Wouldn't a slug barrel sitting around until deer season be very similar to a deer rifle sitting around until deer season? Is it the space you need? Are you making room to house immigrant dwarfs?

You must reverse this course of action!
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Well Brandi, I am gonna be honest with you cuz I like you.

People are going to jump all over me for admitting this publically......... But.........

I have sold down to virtually no guns at all. I took the money that I gained selling extra guns and ammo and put it into my Harley. I ride everyday, I see it everyday, I spend time in it or around it everyday. I am just tired of the whole gun thing. Out here in the panhandle there is no one to trade with, or shoot with, so I don't really enjoy the gun thing and gun culture the way I used to.

I just want good usable weaponry, and a minimum of it at that.

Okay........ Let the flaming begin!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 6/11/2014 2:54:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/11/2014 5:16:09 PM EDT
I agree it's probably a poor decision! But I love that damn Harley. BELIEVE ME, out here in the panhandle there isn't a damn thing to do but ride! Most of these folks are working men and women. They work as much a six days a week. When they have a day off they spend it with Family... Not "some dude". I have a good 357 mag and I reload. I have a good Mossberg Shotty, I have a little 22 plinker, and an old hand me down 410 bolt action. I'm not gunned, I just don't have 11 or 12 anymore.
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Originally Posted By higgimw:


Well Brandi, I am gonna be honest with you cuz I like you.

People are going to jump all over me for admitting this publically......... But.........

I have sold down to virtually no guns at all. I took the money that I gained selling extra guns and ammo and put it into my Harley. I ride everyday, I see it everyday, I spend time in it or around it everyday. I am just tired of the whole gun thing. Out here in the panhandle there is no one to trade with, or shoot with, so I don't really enjoy the gun thing and gun culture the way I used to.

I just want good usable weaponry, and a minimum of it at that.

Okay........ Let the flaming begin!!!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted By higgimw:
Originally Posted By Brandi:
I'm no expert but it seems like a rifled slug barrel would be more accurate than a smoothbore. I'm a little concerned that you want less guns instead of more....this doesn't compute. Wouldn't a slug barrel sitting around until deer season be very similar to a deer rifle sitting around until deer season? Is it the space you need? Are you making room to house immigrant dwarfs?

You must reverse this course of action!


Well Brandi, I am gonna be honest with you cuz I like you.

People are going to jump all over me for admitting this publically......... But.........

I have sold down to virtually no guns at all. I took the money that I gained selling extra guns and ammo and put it into my Harley. I ride everyday, I see it everyday, I spend time in it or around it everyday. I am just tired of the whole gun thing. Out here in the panhandle there is no one to trade with, or shoot with, so I don't really enjoy the gun thing and gun culture the way I used to.

I just want good usable weaponry, and a minimum of it at that.

Okay........ Let the flaming begin!!!!!!!!!!


I can totally understand your reasoning. You obviously enjoy riding so why not invest your money into making it more enjoyable, makes sense to me. I had a motorcycle many years ago, I enjoyed it but when you spend your work hours working accidents and such all day you develop a conflict of interest, so to speak, and I gave it up. I keep thinking I would like a Harley V-Rod but after doing what I used to do, I'm not sure I could ever ride on a highway or any busy street anymore.
Link Posted: 6/11/2014 11:59:10 PM EDT
Rifled slug barrel for sabot slugs which can be pretty accurate out to 75-100 yards. 2-3 inch groups are fairly common with the right ammo. You don't want to use shot in a rifled barrel it will make a pretty useless pattern. Smoothbore use rifled slugs and about 40-50 yards is what most people feel safe and is most accurate. Mossberg does make a very heavy well made slug barrel.

Whichever route you pick be sure and try several different brands of ammo as slug guns can be picky with what they like to shoot well.
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Originally Posted By wild_Texas:
Rifled slug barrel for sabot slugs which can be pretty accurate out to 75-100 yards. 2-3 inch groups are fairly common with the right ammo. You don't want to use shot in a rifled barrel it will make a pretty useless pattern. Smoothbore use rifled slugs and about 40-50 yards is what most people feel safe and is most accurate. Mossberg does make a very heavy well made slug barrel.

Whichever route you pick be sure and try several different brands of ammo as slug guns can be picky with what they like to shoot well.
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I recommend a rifled barrel with sabots. I have yet to find any rifled slug that works through my smooth bore Nova. I'm thinking about buying a 500 or an 870 just to get a rifled barrel.
Link Posted: 6/12/2014 5:33:38 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Brandi:


I can totally understand your reasoning. You obviously enjoy riding so why not invest your money into making it more enjoyable, makes sense to me. I had a motorcycle many years ago, I enjoyed it but when you spend your work hours working accidents and such all day you develop a conflict of interest, so to speak, and I gave it up. I keep thinking I would like a Harley V-Rod but after doing what I used to do, I'm not sure I could ever ride on a highway or any busy street anymore.
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Originally Posted By Brandi:
Originally Posted By higgimw:
Originally Posted By Brandi:
I'm no expert but it seems like a rifled slug barrel would be more accurate than a smoothbore. I'm a little concerned that you want less guns instead of more....this doesn't compute. Wouldn't a slug barrel sitting around until deer season be very similar to a deer rifle sitting around until deer season? Is it the space you need? Are you making room to house immigrant dwarfs?

You must reverse this course of action!


Well Brandi, I am gonna be honest with you cuz I like you.

People are going to jump all over me for admitting this publically......... But.........

I have sold down to virtually no guns at all. I took the money that I gained selling extra guns and ammo and put it into my Harley. I ride everyday, I see it everyday, I spend time in it or around it everyday. I am just tired of the whole gun thing. Out here in the panhandle there is no one to trade with, or shoot with, so I don't really enjoy the gun thing and gun culture the way I used to.

I just want good usable weaponry, and a minimum of it at that.

Okay........ Let the flaming begin!!!!!!!!!!


I can totally understand your reasoning. You obviously enjoy riding so why not invest your money into making it more enjoyable, makes sense to me. I had a motorcycle many years ago, I enjoyed it but when you spend your work hours working accidents and such all day you develop a conflict of interest, so to speak, and I gave it up. I keep thinking I would like a Harley V-Rod but after doing what I used to do, I'm not sure I could ever ride on a highway or any busy street anymore.


COOL!!!! If you get one holler at me, and we'll ride.
Link Posted: 6/12/2014 5:35:16 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By wild_Texas:
Rifled slug barrel for sabot slugs which can be pretty accurate out to 75-100 yards. 2-3 inch groups are fairly common with the right ammo. You don't want to use shot in a rifled barrel it will make a pretty useless pattern. Smoothbore use rifled slugs and about 40-50 yards is what most people feel safe and is most accurate. Mossberg does make a very heavy well made slug barrel.

Whichever route you pick be sure and try several different brands of ammo as slug guns can be picky with what they like to shoot well.
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Good advice. Thanks. Have you tried this route? Have you had any more or less success with certain types of slugs?
Link Posted: 6/12/2014 5:36:08 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Seansworth:


I recommend a rifled barrel with sabots. I have yet to find any rifled slug that works through my smooth bore Nova. I'm thinking about buying a 500 or an 870 just to get a rifled barrel.
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Originally Posted By Seansworth:
Originally Posted By wild_Texas:
Rifled slug barrel for sabot slugs which can be pretty accurate out to 75-100 yards. 2-3 inch groups are fairly common with the right ammo. You don't want to use shot in a rifled barrel it will make a pretty useless pattern. Smoothbore use rifled slugs and about 40-50 yards is what most people feel safe and is most accurate. Mossberg does make a very heavy well made slug barrel.

Whichever route you pick be sure and try several different brands of ammo as slug guns can be picky with what they like to shoot well.


I recommend a rifled barrel with sabots. I have yet to find any rifled slug that works through my smooth bore Nova. I'm thinking about buying a 500 or an 870 just to get a rifled barrel.


So definitely a rifled barrel then. Roger that. Any slugs that you like more or less?
Link Posted: 6/12/2014 3:43:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By wild_Texas:
Rifled slug barrel for sabot slugs which can be pretty accurate out to 75-100 yards. 2-3 inch groups are fairly common with the right ammo. You don't want to use shot in a rifled barrel it will make a pretty useless pattern. Smoothbore use rifled slugs and about 40-50 yards is what most people feel safe and is most accurate. Mossberg does make a very heavy well made slug barrel.
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Rifled slugs from a smooth barrel can be as accurate as sabot slugs from a rifled barrel and just as far away. The problem is that most smooth bore barrels just have a bead, and without optics or traditional iron sights, it's hard to aim consistently with just a bead. On top of that, most people don't want to try different slugs to find out what works well in their barrel, which doesn't help a bit.

Get a smooth barrel with iron sights or mount an optic of some sort on the receiver and you'll be fine with rifled slugs. In fact, if you have a Mossberg with a smooth bore and changeable choke tubes (or a fixed choke that is moderate, cylinder, or improved cylinder bore), you can shoot rifled slugs just fine now.
Link Posted: 6/12/2014 5:37:57 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By securitysix:


Rifled slugs from a smooth barrel can be as accurate as sabot slugs from a rifled barrel and just as far away. The problem is that most smooth bore barrels just have a bead, and without optics or traditional iron sights, it's hard to aim consistently with just a bead. On top of that, most people don't want to try different slugs to find out what works well in their barrel, which doesn't help a bit.

Get a smooth barrel with iron sights or mount an optic of some sort on the receiver and you'll be fine with rifled slugs. In fact, if you have a Mossberg with a smooth bore and changeable choke tubes (or a fixed choke that is moderate, cylinder, or improved cylinder bore), you can shoot rifled slugs just fine now.
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Originally Posted By wild_Texas:
Rifled slug barrel for sabot slugs which can be pretty accurate out to 75-100 yards. 2-3 inch groups are fairly common with the right ammo. You don't want to use shot in a rifled barrel it will make a pretty useless pattern. Smoothbore use rifled slugs and about 40-50 yards is what most people feel safe and is most accurate. Mossberg does make a very heavy well made slug barrel.


Rifled slugs from a smooth barrel can be as accurate as sabot slugs from a rifled barrel and just as far away. The problem is that most smooth bore barrels just have a bead, and without optics or traditional iron sights, it's hard to aim consistently with just a bead. On top of that, most people don't want to try different slugs to find out what works well in their barrel, which doesn't help a bit.

Get a smooth barrel with iron sights or mount an optic of some sort on the receiver and you'll be fine with rifled slugs. In fact, if you have a Mossberg with a smooth bore and changeable choke tubes (or a fixed choke that is moderate, cylinder, or improved cylinder bore), you can shoot rifled slugs just fine now.


My Mossberg 500 is drilled and tap for an optic. So I could put a mount and a scope on it. I may just try that and see how it works. Thanks sir.
Link Posted: 6/12/2014 10:36:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By higgimw:


Good advice. Thanks. Have you tried this route? Have you had any more or less success with certain types of slugs?
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Originally Posted By wild_Texas:
Rifled slug barrel for sabot slugs which can be pretty accurate out to 75-100 yards. 2-3 inch groups are fairly common with the right ammo. You don't want to use shot in a rifled barrel it will make a pretty useless pattern. Smoothbore use rifled slugs and about 40-50 yards is what most people feel safe and is most accurate. Mossberg does make a very heavy well made slug barrel.

Whichever route you pick be sure and try several different brands of ammo as slug guns can be picky with what they like to shoot well.


Good advice. Thanks. Have you tried this route? Have you had any more or less success with certain types of slugs?


I was seriously looking into the same option as you last year. Talked with several guys who have hunted with slug guns. Picked up a 835 cheap and was looking at getting one of the rifled slug barrels. Ended up going a completely different route and got a Ruger 77/44. It shoots a 240 grain bullet close to what a 20 gauge 250 grain sabot flies at and has close to the same range. I'm like most people and shoot less than 100 yds where I hunt.
Link Posted: 6/13/2014 9:14:57 PM EDT
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meh.........how many gun[s] does one need, ammo is a different issue. (which if ya'll will remember some of previous post about stocking reloading components and stacking cubes of 22lr wouldn't be crying right now).

course a bike, nice bike that is, is all that's needed,

riding them since I was a small skinny child putting many miles cruising over the years with air in my face, chick on the back and open road, which one of these days when I'm released to return to work, when able to I'm going to start saving funds to buy another cruiser I like.


as for slug barrels, plain jane smooth bore barrels have worked fine shooting the ww and rem forester slugs in my experience, hell if you've got a 357mag, you got all the deer cartridge you need in you practice hitting what you aim at on a damn regular basis.
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Originally Posted By Ndenway:

course a bike, nice bike that is, is all that's needed,

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I agree with this. I've put over 4k on my bike since I bought it in September. Already have plans for getting a nice cruiser.
Link Posted: 6/14/2014 11:06:38 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Ndenway:
meh.........how many gun[s] does one need, ammo is a different issue. (which if ya'll will remember some of previous post about stocking reloading components and stacking cubes of 22lr wouldn't be crying right now).

course a bike, nice bike that is, is all that's needed,

riding them since I was a small skinny child putting many miles cruising over the years with air in my face, chick on the back and open road, which one of these days when I'm released to return to work, when able to I'm going to start saving funds to buy another cruiser I like.


as for slug barrels, plain jane smooth bore barrels have worked fine shooting the ww and rem forester slugs in my experience, hell if you've got a 357mag, you got all the deer cartridge you need in you practice hitting what you aim at on a damn regular basis.
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Yeah I am planning on hunting with my .357 mag. I got it sighted just like I want it. I was thinking I wanted something to supplement the magnum though. You know..... Something at 75 to 100 yards or better. I don't shoot far anymore.

GLAD to hear you are still planning to be a rider! I couldn't do without my Harley!!!
Link Posted: 6/16/2014 7:33:41 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Seansworth:


I agree with this. I've put over 4k on my bike since I bought it in September. Already have plans for getting a nice cruiser.
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Originally Posted By Seansworth:
Originally Posted By Ndenway:

course a bike, nice bike that is, is all that's needed,



I agree with this. I've put over 4k on my bike since I bought it in September. Already have plans for getting a nice cruiser.



you ride some but that's not very many miles per year, get to where you put 15k+/year on one
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Originally Posted By higgimw:


Yeah I am planning on hunting with my .357 mag. I got it sighted just like I want it. I was thinking I wanted something to supplement the magnum though. You know..... Something at 75 to 100 yards or better. I don't shoot far anymore.

GLAD to hear you are still planning to be a rider! I couldn't do without my Harley!!!
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Originally Posted By higgimw:
Originally Posted By Ndenway:
meh.........how many gun[s] does one need, ammo is a different issue. (which if ya'll will remember some of previous post about stocking reloading components and stacking cubes of 22lr wouldn't be crying right now).

course a bike, nice bike that is, is all that's needed,

riding them since I was a small skinny child putting many miles cruising over the years with air in my face, chick on the back and open road, which one of these days when I'm released to return to work, when able to I'm going to start saving funds to buy another cruiser I like.


as for slug barrels, plain jane smooth bore barrels have worked fine shooting the ww and rem forester slugs in my experience, hell if you've got a 357mag, you got all the deer cartridge you need in you practice hitting what you aim at on a damn regular basis.


Yeah I am planning on hunting with my .357 mag. I got it sighted just like I want it. I was thinking I wanted something to supplement the magnum though. You know..... Something at 75 to 100 yards or better. I don't shoot far anymore.

GLAD to hear you are still planning to be a rider! I couldn't do without my Harley!!!


get a bow, dozen arrows and practice, get a decent pair of hiking boots too, that way your feet are comfortable walking after you harley breaks down on the road
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Originally Posted By Ndenway:



you ride some but that's not very many miles per year, get to where you put 15k+/year on one
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Originally Posted By Ndenway:
Originally Posted By Seansworth:
Originally Posted By Ndenway:

course a bike, nice bike that is, is all that's needed,



I agree with this. I've put over 4k on my bike since I bought it in September. Already have plans for getting a nice cruiser.



you ride some but that's not very many miles per year, get to where you put 15k+/year on one


For the last month I have been driving ~124 miles 5 days a week.

I'm working on it.
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