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Old September 25, 2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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slug in a mossberg 590

Can I shoot a winchester rifled slogs hollow point 12ga 2 3/4 " 1 oz in my mossberg 590 ?
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Old September 25, 2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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Yes.
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Old September 25, 2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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I don't have a rifled barrel can i still shot a rifled slug threw it ? I am new to the slug world sorry for the dumb question .
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Old September 25, 2009, 11:03 PM   #4
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General rule:

Rifled (Foster) slugs in smoothbore barrels; sabot slugs in rifled barrels.
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Old September 26, 2009, 09:07 AM   #5
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Old September 26, 2009, 09:44 AM   #6
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I don't have a rifled barrel can i still shot a rifled slug threw it ? I am new to the slug world sorry for the dumb question .
There are no dumb questions, just dumb people. JK.

Can you shoot? Yes. Should you? Probably not. Your barrel has rifling and shooting a standard lead slug through it will probably fill the rifling with that soft lead. Even a copper slug would leave behind much in the rifling.

There's much debate as to whether or not "rifled" slugs actually spin out of a shotgun. (Maybe it's not so much debate, given modern high speed cameras and such, but perhaps I should say I'm ignorant of who won the debate that used to go on.)

A rifled shotgun barrel can be really accurate but you must use the expensive sabot slugs to achieve that.

So just what the other guy said:

Old school rifled slugs for old school smooth barrels

New school sabot slugs for new school rifled barrels
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Old September 26, 2009, 07:41 PM   #7
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Barring further input from the OP...
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Your barrel has rifling and shooting a standard lead slug through it will probably fill the rifling with that soft lead.
He said he don't have a rifled barrel... So why do you say he does? It is a rare 500 or even 590 that has a rifled barrel. Gotta pay extra for that.
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Old September 27, 2009, 09:28 AM   #8
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here is an excellent read to answer your question. i recently was asking the same question until i read this thread:

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot46.htm

in short you can shoot both sabot and rifled slugs in a smoothbore, however you will not gain any discernable advantage with the sabots over the rifled and they are more expensive anyway.
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Old September 27, 2009, 10:24 AM   #9
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So let me see if I got this right a sabot shell is one with the plastic thing on the inside of the shell that dose not let the slug touch the barrel .
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Old September 27, 2009, 11:20 AM   #10
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That's right J-Dog. The purpose of a sabot is to allow a smaller caliber bullet to be fired from a larger bore. This allows for a higher velocity and flatter trajectory. Good if you are trying to make long range slug gun shots. I have seen an Ithaca Deer Slayer give 4 to 5 inch groups at 200 yards with those high dollar slugs. Mind you, this shooting was the result of lots of ammo testing and scope adjustment on sand bags. (A waste of money and time IMHO but it was my Uncle's money and gun so...)

You can tell them apart in the store by the word "Sabot" being on the boxes of deer slugs that cost an arm and a leg. (A $2.25 slug!? Not in this guy's gun)

If you don't have a rifled barrel, don't waste your time/money on sabot slugs.

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Old September 27, 2009, 04:27 PM   #11
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You might also consider Brenneke slugs (rifled) as they seem to be quite accurate when fired out of a smoothbore. But, this particular round can be expensive.

While I have certainly experienced decent groups (at around 60-75 yards or so) with various slugs out of my 590 (Brenneke and Federal LE Tactical), I generally reserve my shotguns (all smoothbores) for buckshot use.
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Old September 27, 2009, 08:08 PM   #12
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Old October 5, 2009, 08:19 PM   #13
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Can you shoot buckshot thru a deer slug rifled barrel or will that also ruin the barrel ?
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Old October 6, 2009, 11:55 AM   #14
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It will likely leave you with a large load of lead to clean out of the barrel, but the only thing it will ruin is the pattern. Rifled barrels almost always open shot patterns up really fast, and usually leave a hole in the center to boot.

Stick with a smoothbore barrel, and shoot buckshot or rifled slugs. For rifled barrels, sabot slugs are best.

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