View Full Version : Rifled shotgun

09-01-2006, 03:55 PM
I saw an ad for the new Hornady 12 gauge slug...its supposed to be accurate to 200 meters...within 2 moa. But it requires a rifled barrel. Would most police type shotguns be rifled? Does anyone know any makes or models...

09-01-2006, 04:07 PM
No, most police type shotgun are not rifled, almost all are smooth bored. A rifled shotgun barrel is used by hunters to get more distance and accuracy out of the shotgun, usually in places that prohibit rifles for deer hunting. The main reason police use smooth bores is that they shoot shot (mostly buck shot) and the rifling would tend to distort the pellets and cause then to fly erratically. So if you are interested in self defense, you would want to stay with a smooth bore unless you are planning on using slugs only. Also, for the rifling to work best, you need to use the sabot slugs which have a plastic "carrier" for the slug which bites into the rifling better and aids in accuracy.