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akakirby
March 12, 2007, 02:24 PM
Hello all, I'm new to shotguns, can someone explain what a cylinder bore barrel is? I am getting a moss 500 with 28 in vent ribbed and 18 1/2 inch cylinder bore barrel, what use would the cylinder barrel have?

Smitty in CT
March 12, 2007, 02:42 PM
Cylinder Bore meant there is NO consriction (choke), CB barrels are typical for 18-1/2" barreled guns. They will be useful out to 20, maybe 25 yards, some will say even more. The barrels are "typically" used for home / self defense where the shorter barrel allows for easier manuevering inside such as in hallways, etc. That being said there's nothing preveting you from using it on the skeet range.

Smitty

mikejonestkd
March 12, 2007, 02:50 PM
Also, if it has iron sights on it it can be used for deer hunting with slugs.

akakirby
March 12, 2007, 02:57 PM
So if it has bead sites, does that mean it is not meant to shoot slugs?

bcarver
March 12, 2007, 04:48 PM
Rifle sights allow better aiming. bead sight and rifle sight barrel will both shoot slugs alike.

perazzimx14
March 12, 2007, 05:20 PM
18-1/2" barrel uses:

1. Home Defence gun

2. Tactical shotgun

3. Get the barrel threaded to accept choke tubes and you have a turkey gun

4. Tomato stake

williamd
March 19, 2007, 01:18 PM
Most any bbl can be used with slugs ... w or w/o sights beads! Have an o/u Ithaca (earlky SKB) choked F/M that is quite accurate through the F bbl with slugs. Yes, a rifled bbl will probably be more accurate. Or, rifled slugs.

Blue Duck
March 19, 2007, 06:55 PM
With todays ammo, you would be surprised as to what can be done with a cylinder bore. I shoot clay pigons all of the time with a cylinder bore, and can break them at 40 yards. It just depends on the individual gun and ammo, you can often make big changes in pattern density, just by changing to a different load. You need to pattern your gun to know.

Maser
March 19, 2007, 07:22 PM
First off if the 18.5" BBL is used for HD purposes then you need to ditch the whole "sight and aiming" thought. A true shotgunner doesn't "aim" a shotgun, but rather "points" it. I am a true shotgunner. When shooting a non-moving target, I can hit it just as good if I shoot from the hip as I could if I aim the gun.

None the less, the 18.5" BBL is perfect for HD usage. IMO a shogun is the perfect HD gun because HD shotguns are perfect for close range and most all HD scenarios are close range. Also, as stated in above posts, rifled slugs perform pretty well out of cylinder bore BBLs.

Good luck and welcome to the addicting world of shotgunning. :D

fisherman66
March 19, 2007, 07:38 PM
Most any bbl can be used with slugs ...

Careful with doubles (SXS & OU). Not all are meant for slugs. I know you prefaced that in your statement. I just thought I'd add a little extra.

tech4061
March 19, 2007, 08:22 PM
Hello all, I'm new to shotguns, can someone explain what a cylinder bore barrel is? I am getting a moss 500 with 28 in vent ribbed and 18 1/2 inch cylinder bore barrel, what use would the cylinder barrel have?

I just bought the same combo last week. I think it's a great value. I got it primarily for HD, but the longer barrel will come in handy if I ever make it out to my brother's farm. With regard to slugs out of the multi choke 28" barrel, Ive read this should only be done with the Improved cylinder or modified choke but not the Full choke. Since I'm relatively new to shotguns, I'll let someone more knowledgeable correct me if this is wrong.

Here's some more reading for you.

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/Articles.asp?a=Ammo/Choke-Tubes-Explained&Meida_id=20

Maser
March 19, 2007, 08:41 PM
I have not done this myself, but I have heard both online and in reality that you CAN shoot slugs out a full choke, but you get horrible accuracy. I myself think it will create too much pressure in the barrel so of course I won't do it. Also the manual says not to do it with anything smaller than an improved cylinder.

Another thing you need to keep in mind is that the pattern of your shot has NOTHING to do with the length of the barrel. It all has to do with the choke. If for instance you got a shotgun with a 36" cylinder bore and a shotgun with a 20" full choke. The 20" full choke is going to have a tighter pattern.

Average Joe
March 24, 2007, 04:48 PM
My son uses the 18/5 for trap, and he is pretty good with it.

mcubed4130
March 25, 2007, 12:09 AM
So if it has bead sites, does that mean it is not meant to shoot slugs?

First let me say, good choice! ;-) Course I'm biased, I bought my Mossberg 500 in Oct last year, with both a 18.5" Cylinder (smooth) Bore and 28" Vent Ribbed (Improved Choke) last year - and am very happy with my purchase!

#1 - "bead" sights don't have anything to do with being able to shoot slugs or not.

#2 - slugs (1 single BIG bullet) - means it needs to be able to "get through" the choke. (see the cheaperthandirt.com link previously - as to what I mean)
a. Since there is NO choke on a cylinder (smooth) bore. It's a very good choice to use for shooting slugs (I generally shoot rifled slugs 1oz - 2 3/4") very very accurate with the 18.5" barrel.
b. Since the 28" VR barrel, is an "improved choke" - you will also be able to shoot slugs nicely from that barrel as well.

NEXT, on my end... when the shotgun is at home - it sits with #00 buck, and the 18.5" barrel attached. Home defense, or close quarter shooting is what I intend it's use to be... if anyone is stupid enough to try and get past my 120lb Great Dane first.. :)

The 28" barrel, I use for clay pigeon shooting. And I added a 24" fully rifled w/scope barrel for long range shooting w/slugs or sabots.

Enjoy your upcoming purchase!

-M3