View Full Version : 1st shotun.. can I fire slugs or do I need a special barrel?

September 20, 2002, 02:00 AM
I just bought a Winchester 1200, and i'm wondering if I can fire slugs thru the stock barrel or is I need a "slug barrel" what exactly is the differance with a slug barrel?

September 20, 2002, 05:04 AM
If it has a cylinder bore (no choke) or maybe an improved cylinder, firing slugs should not be a problem. With other chokes, I don't know, I don't have any birdguns and haven't tried it with them. Slug Barrels, some are rifled, for use with rifled slugs only. Makes them more accurate but not by a great amount. (Won't turn it into a sniper rifle).

Dave McC
September 20, 2002, 06:27 AM
You can fire slugs through your bbl. Read old threads about Beads and Slugs for input. The archives are packed with info.

September 20, 2002, 02:24 PM
There is some very good advice in the archives here about how to avoid the pain that can be associated with shooting heavy loads and slugs. Read first, shoot later.... just a suggestion.

September 20, 2002, 02:26 PM
Forgot to mention, when you go shopping for slugs, buy Rifled slugs since you have a smoothbore barrel. I shoot a lot of slugs and find the Remington Reduced Recoil 1 oz slugs work well in my SG.

September 22, 2002, 11:40 PM
This deer was taken with a Remington 870 Wingmaster with a Hastings 24-inch fully rifled barrel It has a cantilever scope mount and a 1.5 to 5x scope. I use the Federal Premium Barnes Expanders, a copper sabot slug. They will put two in the same hole at 50 yards and shoot great at 100.

I was sitting on the ground next to a huge tree on a cold December morning. (A huge orange jacket over insulated coveralls really helped me stay warm.) I snuck in while it was dark and started to rattle with small antlers at sun-up. This 10-point buck came in on a rampage from a swamp behind me and circled around trying to figure out what I was. He was mad and stomping his front feet with two does following. One shot took off the top of his heart.

I think your stock barrel would be fine with an improved cylinder and rifled slugs. The plain Federal Classic 2 3/4 inch slugs in the gray box have killed many deer for me before I upgraded to something fancier.

I don't like sighting slugs with a plain bead on a vent rib barrel. You should try some of those clamp-on fiber optic turkey sights to help with a more precise aiming method. Sight in for where your slug gun hits an inch high at 50 yards and then learn the drop at 100 yards. Practice more than a few times before slug season with the same slugs to be consistent. Your shoulder will get a little sore!!!

Dave McC
September 23, 2002, 04:33 AM
Very nice buck, congrats.

I tried out a set of Wiliams sights that mounted on a vent rib for the 20 gauge 870YE I got for the kids. Worked as well as any open sights do for my old eyes. A trick with these is to move the rear sight back and forth until one has the best focus.