View Full Version : slugs through a rifled barrel?

October 15, 2012, 11:43 PM
I have a friend that just bought a single shot H&R (I think) 12 Ga. with a fully rifled barrel.

The seller told him that it will shoot Foster slugs just fine, and they will not harm the barrel. Told him that under 75 yards there is no difference in accuracy between Fosters and saboted slugs; after that, there is a difference.

What say Ye?


the rifleer
October 15, 2012, 11:45 PM
I say try it. I can't imagine it hurting anything.

October 16, 2012, 06:50 AM
He may have a tougher time cleaning it. I shoot foster slugs through my Savage 220f during spring and summer because they're cheaper than sabots and I'm just blasting milk jugs for fun with the guys. At the end of August I'll strip it down and give it a good cleaning before sighting it in for deer season. Fosters foul up the rifling pretty good and it takes some elbow grease to get it all out

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October 16, 2012, 10:30 AM
Well, if it is rifled it is best to shoot sabots. If it is a smooth bore shoot rifled slugs. I don't own and probably never will own a shotgun with a rifled barrel. They aren't as versatile (IMO, personal preference, etc).

October 16, 2012, 03:54 PM
I can say that opinions on this can be right or wrong because this happened to me: I had a single shot shorter barrel H&R that shot sabots dead nuts spot on. I later bought a longer barrel thumb hole stock model and it would not shoot sabots accurately at all. However, it did shoot regular Remington slugs at typical distances just fine.
So whether or not a particular shotgun will or will not be accurate using one slug type or another, to me, remains to be seen on paper at the range.