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    Default 00 Buck in Rifled Barrel

    Anyone try this? I shot 3 different brands of 00 buckshot through a Mossberg 500 rifled barrel, 12 gauge. I shot at a human silhouette target at 25'. Out of all three rounds, 3 pellets hit the target, and just 2 were in the chest area. Was this just my barrel or has anyone else had similar results?

    I wanted a rifled barrel on my shotty so I could use the sabot slugs, but after seeing the results of this, I now have a smooth bore on it.

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    The question is what will it be used for? IF you're going hunting for deer, then a rifled slug barrel may be in order. Otherwise, the smoothbore should take care of it.

    I don't know why you can't hit the target with the rifled barrel & 00 Buck. It should have very little effect at 25 feet. The question is WHAT happens when you shoot the smooth bore?

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    The rifled bore puts the spin on the wad and causes the shot charge to spread and disperse sooner into a wide patern.
    An recent example would be the Taurus Judge 45/410 revolver.Great gun for a big old Mr. No shoulders slithering around but not real good past 15 feet or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripplethreat
    The rifled bore puts the spin on the wad and causes the shot charge to spread and disperse sooner into a wide patern.
    Exactly. If you pattern shot from a rifled tube you'll see that it looks like a doughnut - nothing in the middle. And the pattern expands very fast with distance.

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    The rifles tube will also increase the chance of early pellet deformation thus decreasing the effective down range penetration of the load being delivered.
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    "Me? I think all of that is a load of gun school crap. I train and teach to shoot them to the ground. Beginning at the chest I shoot a burst to the chest and run the line up til I get to the face. Winning their hearts and minds....Suarez style."


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    Well, my new Benelli Super 90 puts 3 out of 5 slugs in a ragged hole at 25 Yards, the other 2 are within a couple inches. That of course could be my flinching because slugs from a bench are no fun.
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    Then, my rifle jammed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonFire
    The question is what will it be used for? IF you're going hunting for deer, then a rifled slug barrel may be in order. Otherwise, the smoothbore should take care of it.

    I don't know why you can't hit the target with the rifled barrel & 00 Buck. It should have very little effect at 25 feet. The question is WHAT happens when you shoot the smooth bore?
    I could not hit the target because the shot was being spread out too fast from the rifleing. A smoothbore does just fine with 00 buckshot. I use a bolt action 308 for deer and such.

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    My smooth bore Remington 870 will shoot 3 inch groups at 50 yards (if I do my part). Further than that, they opened up pretty good, but I could keep it minute of deer to about 75 yards. With a rifled barrel it puts it out there to around 100 (open sights). So I keep the smooth barrel (with mag-extension) set up for social occasions (OO buck and slugs) and keep the rifled barrel for assassinating Bambi and kin .
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    If I was limited to "shotgun only" for deer I would use a rifled slug barrel, but they are really only good for hunting with slugs. My 20 inch Rem 870 and 20 inch Ithaca 37 Deerslayer barrels (smoothbore w/ rifle sights) do just fine with slugs out to 50 yards, and the handle buck well.

    Rifled slug barrels fill a very narrow niche, defense isn't in that niche. Mac

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