Quick Answer: Can I Shoot Rifled Slugs Through A Smooth Barrel?

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..

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.

Can you shoot birdshot through a smooth bore slug barrel?

If it is a smooth-bore slug barrel you can shoot anything except sabot slugs in it without hurting a thing. It is just a cylinder bore shotgun, and would work great for small game / upland bird hunting & pest control as is.

Do you need a special barrel for slugs?

Full-bore slugs should be used in smooth shotgun barrels; sabots are designed to be used in special shotgun rifled barrels.

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.

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.

Will 22 birdshot ruin a rifled barrel?

the 22 birdshot typically does pretty well from a rifled barrel. just like a shotgun, not all loads, and guns work well together, but comments like yours are usually from someone thats never used the stuff.

Can you shoot bird shot through a rifled barrel?

If your barrel is rifled, don’t shoot lead shot in it. It was never intended for lead shot. Do not even try to pattern it. The lead will foul the rifling and the pattern will be awful.

What choke can you shoot a slug out of?

cylinder chokeA cylinder choke is recommended for shooting rifled slugs in a smooth-bore barrel. Sabot slugs should only be shot through our fully-rifled slug barrels. It is not safe to shoot slugs through chokes tighter than those listed here.

Can I shoot a slug through a full choke?

A standard full choke with standard lead slugs is safe. Don’t matter if they are fixed chokes or interchangeable tubes. You probably won’t get good accuracy. The new sabot slugs or solid copper, really anything but lead, should probably not be used in full choke guns.

What is the best slug for a smooth bore shotgun?

Designed for smooth-bore barrels, Hornady® American Whitetail® Rifled Slugs are loaded with a 1-ounce foster style slug. The hollow point style slug features a tough, lead alloy core loaded to 1,600 feet per second. The compression style wad protects the slug at ignition and helps to seal the bore for maximum velocity.

Can you shoot slugs and buckshot out of the same barrel?

Yes, you can shoot buckshot through a rifled slug barrel.