Can I shoot slugs in these barrels?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Birchhatchery, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Birchhatchery

    Birchhatchery New Member

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    i have a older 500 12 guage mossberg pump i have 2 barrels one barrel is a 2 3/4 26 inch Imp cylinder skeet, other is a 30 inch full choke both smooth barrels in the inside my question is can i shoot slugs threw these? and wich is better slug barrel?
     
  2. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    Call Mossberg. Number on Mossberg website. They are very helpful. Go to the source when dealing with older weapons. I honestly think you can, but there is no rifling. This will make it not as accurate as say a Remington Deer Shotgun, which should only use slugs to not ruin the rifling. I have used slugs in my Mossberg 590 Mariner. I have taken down some huge boar with slugs at an accurate 30 to 40 meter shots with no problem.
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    The imp. cyl. would be the better of the two, using rifled slugs.
     
  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Birch,

    As Gator advised, the best choice for slugs would be the Imp. Cylinder! They will shoot slugs very well! I have a Remington 870 that will hit a Clay Target every time at 50 yards. So your Mossberg 500 should do the same also being a good quality shotgun. My first Duck and Goose Gun was a 500 12 Ga. Mag. Mossberg which was a fine gun! It is still in the family my nephew has it!

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  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Usually it is recommended to use no tighter choke than modified for slug use. And that would be for rifled slugs and not Sabot types. So, Cylinder, Improved cylinder, and modified. Not saying that it can't be done in others, just ther recommendations I have heard, and I have never pushed them through anything tighter than improved cylinder.
     
  6. Birchhatchery

    Birchhatchery New Member

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    or would it be better to get a rifeld slug barrel for it?
     
  7. gunlinn

    gunlinn New Member

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    A rifled barrel would be the most accurate if you bought one. But I'd at least try a rifled slug in your ic barrel and see how accurate it is at a distance you'd be happy with.. Go from there.
    I shoot rifled slugs from mine out of a smooth bore barrel for deer hunting at my property and they are quite accurate at 50 yards. Never really tried farther due to my yard being so thick with brush..
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Definately the IC barrel. The full choke will likely give less than satisfactory results.

    As far as shot (bird or buck) through a rifled barrel? How on earth will this damage the rifling?
     
  9. Birchhatchery

    Birchhatchery New Member

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    thanks i was just curious as am goin to practic with it for deer huntin next year slugs are cheap cheap so should i just get rifel slugs/ sabot slugs are for rifel barrel correct?
     
  10. 7.62 Man

    7.62 Man New Member

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    Right rifled slugs are for smooth barrels & sabots are only for rifled barrels.
    But if you need any more distance from your gun than 50 to 75 yds go pick up a rifled slug barrel. With the right ammo in a slug barrel you can easily take deer at 200yds. I know because this is the combination I use.;)
     
  11. montveil

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    If you shoot for practice, be sure to use a rest AND EXTRA PADDING FOR YOUR SHOULDER AS RECOIL CAN REALLY GET TO YOU.
    One can develop a real flinch in a hurry which will be difficult to get over.
    You may want to start with 2 3/4 inch reduced recoil slugs- Remington and Fiocchi make them.
    After you gain confidence and can hold all your shots within a 6 inch circle at 50 yards you may want to try different slug brands as each gun has it preferences. You may want to try a few shots with the full barrel as some shotguns will handle slugs well.
    The 26 inch barrel is probably the best choice for quick swinging in heavier cover however
    The extra velocity heavy loads really do not add anything sufficient except recoil, especially at 50 yards.
    When you finally finish tuning, you may want to try Bernneke slugs as they have a reputation for accuracy, especially through open chokes.
    One last item, you may want to consider a low power scope or at least some sort of rifle sights as the beads on most shotguns are not adequate for accurate aiming and a quick efficient kills which one owes the animal.
    Have fun, don't abuse your shoulder, challenge yourself, and happy hunting.
    These are just some ideas that I have found useful.
    DO NOT THINK YOU CAN SHOOT 25 + SHOTS IN A SESSION AND NOT FEEL PAIN= FLINCH
     
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    At one time the majority of pump and single shot field shotguns came with modified chokes. The rifling on a rifled slug was designed to compress going through a choke. Some choked barrels can be more accurate than cylinder bore barrels because the choke will impart some spin but rifled slugs are actually designed with their weight forward to keep them flying true and do not depend on spin. They will get little or no spin in a cylinder bore. Do not shoot round ball loads through choked barrels as they do not compress easily and can damage the choke.
    If someone is looking for a do all shotgun, it is hard to beat a 20" barreled pump with an adjustable choke like the Polychoke added on. They worked very well but people did not like the bulge on the end of the barrel. Purists. Polychoke is still around and they will cut your barrel to whatever length you prefer and install a choke for you.
     
  13. Birchhatchery

    Birchhatchery New Member

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    and i can shoot buckshot 00 threw both barrels correct?
     
  14. RemFire

    RemFire New Member

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    These are an accurate slug from a smooth bore with IC choke, 3/4" at 30y.

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    Ignore the hole at the right, that was a Lee 1oz.

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  15. akers06

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    Yes that's safe
     
  16. montveil

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