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Old 03-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #21
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My shotgun has a smooth bore barrel with sights. Are you telling me not to fire buckshot out of that type of barrel?

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Sorry, did not mean to confuse you.

You have a smooth bore barrel. Smooth bore barrels can shoot buckshot and slugs. You are good to go with both types. Sights have nothing to do with shell type. Enjoy your shotgun.

If you had a shotgun with grooves inside the barrel (rifling) you use only slugs. These guns are normally for deer hunting. I just wanted to tell you this for future purchases.

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Rifling is the lands and groves inside of the barrel. It causes the projectile to spin, therefore making it more accurate.





Smoothbore as no rifling whatsoever. It is smooth throughout the barrel.



Just because a gun has rifle sights, does not mean it has a rifled barrel. Normally, a shotgun only has a small bead at the very end of the barrel to act as it's sight. Some people prefer a rifle sight over this bead. It also allows them to shoot slugs out of their smoothbore barrel more accurately.
If the barrel is rifled, it is meant only for slugs. Buckshot or birdshot could mess up the rifling, and it will also throw bad patterns. (basically makes the patterns look similar to a donut)

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I completely 100% now understand the whole idea of what to shoot out of what type of barrel and why!

Thank you all so much for the advice and knowledge that I did not quite have since I am new to the shotgun scene.

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