View Full Version : Shot in slug barrel?

November 19, 2008, 08:39 PM
I'm looking at a shotgun with a slug barrel. I've never owned one and was wondering if you could fire buckshot or birdshot through one. It's a smoothbore according to the owner, but I didn't look to verify this. What choke would you expect it to be for shooting slugs?

November 19, 2008, 08:45 PM
Smoothbore slug barrels are just fine for shot. Typically Mossberg slug barrels are cylinder bore and Remington slug barrels are improved cylinder or remchoke.

November 19, 2008, 08:50 PM
I intend to go back and check tomorrow. What if it turns out he is mistaken and the bore is rifled?

November 19, 2008, 09:12 PM
You can shoot shot through it, but you'll get some degree of lead fouling in the grooves and the patterns will stink. Spinning shot column throws a donut shaped pattern. It's not unsafe to shoot it but you'll have some cleaning work to do and the results will be less than stellar.

November 19, 2008, 09:13 PM
Thanks for the info Rant.:)

November 19, 2008, 09:24 PM
No prob. What brand shotgun is it?

If you check the left side of the barrel you should see markings indicating what constriction it is.

Superhouse 15
November 19, 2008, 09:29 PM
I have a rifled barrel in the shop that blew when the owner fired a birdshot shell and the wad plugged the barrel. The next shot blew the barrel. It looks like the friction of the rifling on the wad dragged it to a stop and made it a barrel obstruction. If it is truly full length rifled, don't risk it.

November 19, 2008, 09:32 PM
That's interesting. Was it a full power load or was there the possibility that it was a squib?

Given that most slugs for rifled barrels have a plastic sabot you would think friction of plastic on rifling alone would not cause the problem.

November 19, 2008, 09:41 PM
Its a Charles Daly. I just like it because its short (22" barrel) and light 6.6 lbs. When I look at their website they show a fully rifled model and one with an extended rifled tube. It doesn't have the tube and the guy says it isn't rifled so I dunno. It may be missing the tube.

November 19, 2008, 09:46 PM
Not much help here on the CD's other than that their interchangeable choke barrels are typically are compatible with the remchoke system so that if it is a removable choke barrel you'll be able to find chokes for it pretty easily.

Good luck.