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Old 06-11-2010, 05:03 PM   #21
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Can / should you fire slugs & buckshot from the same barrel?

I have been wondering this for awhile.

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I have never owned but have seen rifled slug barrels for shotguns, usually with nicer sights. I wouldn't feel comfy shooting a slug through a full choke barrel. I would worry that the rifling in a slug-specific barrel would mess with the patterning of the buckshot.

Is that what you meant?

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You can fire rifled slugs from a smoothbore shotgun barrel but I have doubts to the effectiveness of sabot slugs in a smoothbore and wouldn't try them. Buckshot makes a donut pattern if fired from a rifled barrel so it's probably not a good idea either.
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orangello & ta1588 you fellas hit the nail on the head,that was what I was concerned about.

I have been away from shooting & hunting too long.

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Small swaged lead buckshot like 000B (.345"/62 grains) and 00B (.325"/52 grains) have marginal penetration for big hogs. The only buckshot designed to bust through the gristle shield of a big boar hog is the Tri-Ball Buckshot round manufactured in Florida by Dixie Slugs ammo co. The 3" Tri-Ball round fires three .60 caliber hard cast "pellets" (315 grains each) at 1050 fps. That's Big Buckshot!

No other buckshot round has ever patterned tighter for me than Tri-ball. Best of all it shoots to the bead at 40 yards from my 870 Express.

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I went to their website looks nice but I need to get a shotgun that can handle 3" & 3.5" mag shells.

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I went to their website looks nice but I need to get a shotgun that can handle 3" & 3.5" mag shells.
Get one or the other. The reason for having separate 3" and 3.5" loads with the same payload is due to the pattern disruption caused by the unsupported half inch jump when the shorter shell is fired in 3.5" chambers.
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I still say go with slugs. If you can't handle a 300 lb hog with 5-7 shots of 1 1/4 oz lead you should probably stick to other pursuits. Altho, I still haven't blown my bear call alone in the spring...guess I'm putting my mouth ahead of my ass again.

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I was talking to a TWRA officer yesterday as I was finishing up my hunters safety course and I asked about hogs. He said they're open season everywhere in TN can't wait to go get some. He suggested 12ga slugs also. He dropped a big one with one slug, turned him right over.

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