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March 3, 2002, 10:48 AM
I have a fully rifled barrel on my Benelli M1 field, what kind of shot pattern will get shooting BB and 00 Buck because of no choke tubes and the barrel being rifled. I will be useing the gun in 3 gun matches.

March 16, 2002, 07:31 PM
Odds are you will get large donut size patterns as the rifling will make all of your shot spin and drift from the center.


Chuck Graber
March 16, 2002, 08:39 PM
Beretta used to put out an ultralight O/U with the lower barrel rifled. It put out a very nice wide pattern at close ranges, i.e. under 20 yards. This was for hunting in heavy cover where most shots are taken at very close range.

I can't tell you how the large shot will perform with this barrel but the pattern will be wider than with a skeet choke. At much more than 25 yards there will be huge holes in the pattern.

Chuck Graber

March 16, 2002, 08:42 PM
Pattern questions.......you never know till the gun and load in question are tested for pattern by you. And that applies to shot in smoothbores.

You are going to try a very unlikely combination. Probably horrible pattern as Adamantium said. You never know tho till you try it.


March 18, 2002, 12:54 AM