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Lets get this straight. Shotgun ammo.

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by brisk21, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. brisk21


    May 13, 2008
    Ok. Please correct me if Im wrong, as I am a shotgun noob. (more of a pistol guy) Anyways, rifled slug ammo is for smoothbore barrels while sabots are for rifled barrels? You shouldnt use rifles slugs in a rifled barrel? Please educate me on the proper ammo for the proper barrels!! Thanks!!
  2. LEAD


    Jan 9, 2009
    You've got it, save the rifled slugs for the smoothbores, a smooth projectile will benefit from rifling in the barrel it is shot from, and a smoothbore gun shoots better with rifled projectiles.

  3. B.Reid


    Jun 20, 2005
    The rifling on rifled slugs do not make the slug spin. That being said they are pretty accurate out to about 100 yards with decent sights.
  4. Rifled slugs actually shoot very well in rifled barrels. They are said to lead up the rifling. I have shot 20 or so at the time in my 870 and I don't really see any leading. Yes sabots are only for rifled barrel shotguns, but at $12.95 or more for 5 they are a tad expensive for plinking.
  5. Yes, weird but true. Maybe wind pressure imparts some minor spin? It mainly works like a badmitton birdie, heavy in the front.
  6. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    ^ what these guys said. Over on I have heard them say rifled slugs can pretty much be shot out of any barrel except for maybe the tightest Turkey chokes. The badminton shape conforms to almost all barrels even though it is designed for smooth bore barrels with NO choke.
  7. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    Also sabot slugs are tremendously expensive, and although I hear they will fire from a regular barrel just like a Cavalier or Escort will burn 94 ultra 94! octane, it's kind of a waste of money... a big waste.

    BEsides, geez, who can shoot slugs these days anyway, they kil your shoulder !:)