Rifled barrel vs. Imp Cyl. for slugs

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by paul, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. paul

    paul New Member

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    I want to get the best performance out of slugs, I understand a 22" rifled shotgun barrel can shoot 1oz. slugs acurately out to 200yds with only a 6" drop. And it's 1-2" high at 100yds. 12 ga or 20ga, both are really close. I'm looking for information and not saying any of the above is how it is with trajectoryof shotgun slugs.:)
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Paul,

    Wanting only a 6" drop at 200 yards is a little unrealistic if you are going to hit anything at closer ranges. If the normal 12 Ga. Slug 1oz Slugger is zeroed at 100 yards they will have about a 30" drop at 200 Yards. Zeroed at 150 yards you should be close to your 6 inch drop. However this will create a problem at closer ranges. *Regarding precise Shot Placement! For the best performance I would recomend zero at 100 yards. And learn the amount of hold over for the 200 yard shots! I have a Remington 870 With a 20" Rifle Sighted Barrel and it is very accurate at the normal ranges. As far as the gauge I like the 12 over the 20 for deer.
     
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  3. paul

    paul New Member

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    rifled vs. imp cyl

    Thanks sniper. I googled 20ga and 12 ga trajectory, and I was getting all kinds of "questionable" information on results of slugs. I'll try the way you suggest on my shotgun and ammo selection. I was wanting to see if a rifled barrel is worth the $150.00 purchase. I'm wanting to have a 870 Rifled barrell 20" if it's capable of extended accuracy and distance. I'd like to have one shooting out to 100yds with good groups, and no more than a 4" drop.
     
  4. akers06

    akers06 New Member

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    At 100 yards u can shoot 3" groups out of my 24" smooth bore barrel with a modified choke the longest shot I have made on a deer is 132 yards ranged
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    If your priorit is the best slug performance then go with the rifled barrel. Sabot slugs will perform well in a rifled barrel.
     
  6. oli700

    oli700 New Member

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    That would be a rifled barrel with a sabot slug, for hunting at the yards you are asking about.
    You can do 200 yards with a smoothbore and a foster slug but it won’t be the best performance
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Rough rule of thumb- barrel and projectile- only ONE should be rifled.

    If you have a rifled barrel, use sabot slugs. If you have a smoothbore, use rifled slugs.
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Very good rule of thumb.

    I tried sabots in a number ot tactical Rem.870s, and had mediocre results, at best.

    One of my guys had a rifled barrel available for his Rem 1100 tactical that he used for hunting, and it shot the sabots like a rifle.


    Shortly after seeing that, I was able to convince the department to buy an 1100 tac with a rifled barrel for the SWAT team.
     
  9. paul

    paul New Member

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    My intent is to use an 870 to hunt deer using slugs and getting optimal performance with either rifled or smoothbore. So far, it looks like a sabot out a 20" rifled barrel should give me the 100yd 3'' groups I'm looking for. Without alot of drop even at 200yds, maybe 6-8" ? And of course from there a massive drop begins. Shotguns are getting popular again on the smaller acreages, I'm cool with it at most public hunting areas. Thanks for the replies:)
     
  10. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I scopes an 870 with a rifled barrel, the best I can do is 2 inches at 50 yards, 4-6 inches at 80 yards. If I go past 100 they really open up. I've fed it about every thing, they all group about the same.
     
  11. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    I had similar results - Winchester 1200 w rifled barrel w 2.5X scope. When I asked my gunsmith about pining or essentially recreating the Ithica Deerslayer - it was a no go. Could not permanently attach barrel with receiver.

    Why some bolt action shotguns are making,a comeback.
     
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  12. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yeah, like the savage. It will group an inch or so at 100 yards, three at 200. I want one, along with about 20 other guns :)
     
  13. BRAD313

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    The top gun I'm punching tight at groups 150 yards at got to a long 200 yard or more rang yet not one around me but I love the gun best I got for deer hunting
     

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  14. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I got the 150 yard bit but you lost me after that with the 200 part.
     
  15. BRAD313

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    No range around me over 150 and after about 50 rounds at the range and ammo about 10 bucks a box for 5 only had 5 rounds for the woods lol
     
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    The 870 sure shot is pinned