View Full Version : Sabot slug and rifled slug.

November 7, 2011, 08:23 PM
Why can you not use a rifled slug in a rifled barrel, same with not being able to use a sabot slug in a smooth bore barrel? Also what is the difference between the two?

November 8, 2011, 08:52 AM
Search is your friend here - lots of prior discussion on this. The short of it is that a rifled slug is made to be shot out of a smooth bore. There are many who do successfully shoot rifled slugs out of rifled barrels. The downside is that the rifling in the barrel will tend to get fouled with lead and require more frequent cleaning.

On the other side, you can safely shoot a saboted slug out of a smooth barrel, but you'll likely get poor accuracy and you wallet will be seriously pained as the sabot slugs cost WAY more than rifled slugs.

Old Grump
November 8, 2011, 04:40 PM

Sabot, rifle caliber projectile designed to move fast and travel farther and with a flatter trajectory. The plastic skirt obturates and fills the rifling grooves in the slug barrel to pick up its stabilizing spin and then drops away when the slug leaves the barrel.

Rifled slug can be shot in either but best in smooth bore. The rifling on the slug does nothing for stabilization and does not impart spin. The stabilization is designed into the slug with its light hollow base and solid heavy head. Think badminton bird. What the rifling does do is get swaged down as it travels through a choke at the end of the smooth bore barrel which may help center the shot for consistency on target. IC and IM chokes are good for that. Full chokes can be used but not recommended. Super full (turkey chokes) absolutely not used for slugs

Jack O'Conner
November 8, 2011, 08:34 PM

Hornady SST sabot ammo costs almost $3.00 per shot. But one shot per animal is all it takes to knock 'em down. Recoil is vicious.


November 8, 2011, 09:47 PM
I just joined yesterday so I did not think to look in the search, but thanks for your guys knowlegde.

November 8, 2011, 09:55 PM
Is that a Remington 870 express magnum?

November 8, 2011, 10:40 PM
Anthony, Anthony, Anthony.... the V-cut at the back of the receiver is a hallmark of Winchester. So is the jeweled flat-sided bolt.