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Old 08-16-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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I bought an old JC Higgins model 60 twelve gauge 2 3/4" full choke shotgun the other day. I am pretty sure it was made by High Standard in the 50's. My question is can I shoot slugs out of this gun being that it is a full choke with no screw in choke that can be changed? For that matter, can I shoot steel shot through this gun? I am leaning towards no for sure on the steel shot but am hoping for a yes on the slugs. I also think any magnum rounds are a no-no with thus gun as well? Any help would be great. Thanks.

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You can fire slugs but not steel shot. . Try several brands of slugs to find out which one your gun likes. I would recommend Remington Slugger High Velocity foster slugs. I find that they work well in older full choke guns. I have been able to hold a three inch group at 75 yards out of an old Western Field (Stevens Model 620A) pump with a 30 inch full choke barrel. Good luck, have fun and be prepared to have a sore shoulder sighting it in.

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Thanks, I appreciate the help.

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Sage advise from Wally. Foster type slugs (rifled slugs) are made to be compressible in tightly choked guns. The best accuracy is normally achieved through Cylinder Bore or Improved Choke barrels, but can be acceptable in Full Choke barrels.

Steel shot would be a very large NO NO in a 50's vintage full choke shotgun. That is unless you want to blow up the barrel.

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I forgot to mention that if you want to use your gun for waterfowl you could use Bismuth or one of the other non-toxic non-steel shot. They are pricey as hell but will work. Our local gun shop does stock them but only in 4s and they cost damn near three bucks a shell. I have never used them but several of my friends have and like them rather going out and buying a new gun just for waterfowl. Have your gunsmith check your gun out before you use it much.

I personally like the older guns much better than most of the new ones on the market today.

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I have a Cooey, Winchester Western 12ga extra full choke shotgun. Back when these were made, rifled slugs were a big no-no. Don't see why that would change. Imp cylinder ok, full choke, no.

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EXTRA Full Choke- No. Sounds like a turkey gun.
Full choke- OK, but accuracy usually poor.
Modified- usually best- YMMV.

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Shooting foster style slugs through a full choke is fine. As said not the best accuracy with the full choked barrel but good enough to kill a deer. We used to hit the stores after season sales and stock up on slugs to shoot nutria rats with them. Was a good way to pass the slower times in the blind.

And shooting steel shot is not a good idea in any full choke.

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EXTRA Full Choke- No. Sounds like a turkey gun.
Full choke- OK, but accuracy usually poor.
Modified- usually best- YMMV.
Goose gun! It is a mini anti aircraft gun.
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Just a question.. Why can't steel shot be used in an Older gun?

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