View Full Version : Rifling in shotgun barrel

Prof Young
November 6, 2012, 12:17 AM
I bought a Winchester 1300 12 ga shotgun that came with a vent rib barrel and a slug barrel. The slug barrel is smoothbore. Could I have it rifled and at what kind of cost?
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Prof Young

November 6, 2012, 01:53 AM
I'm sure you could have it rifled. Try talking to John Taylor at Taylor Machine 253-445-4073

November 6, 2012, 09:35 AM
I did not know they made smooth bore slug barrels - does it have a scope mount and therefore it is a slug barrel? For the time and $$$ involved you could probably buy a decent used 1300 with a rifled slug barrel and not reinvent the wheel.

November 6, 2012, 11:55 AM
Not sure of your hunting enviroment but there have been many deer taken with smooth bores, every year. If it were I, I'd stick with the smooth bore or purchase a rifled barrel. In our Midwest states, smooth bores give good performance. ... ;)

I did not know they made smooth bore slug barrels
A bit confusing but these are known as Rifle Sighted barrels. Basically it has open sights. My old 1100 was this way and it was a killing machine. Weaver and I'm sure others, make a saddle mount/base for scope application.

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Prof Young
November 6, 2012, 02:34 PM
Yes, Pahoo has it right. This barrel has open sights and is a good deal shorter than the vent rib.

I haven't tried the slug barrel out yet and, of course, will do so before I think about having it rifled.

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Prof Young

November 7, 2012, 11:55 AM
Try the regular barrel for slugs, too.
It might be the better choice - there's no telling without trying.
Smooth barrels with modified chokes often do very well with slugs, even with rib and bead, instead of sights.

November 7, 2012, 12:03 PM
Yes, Pahoo has it right. Ithaca had the first Deer Slayer barrel.

The barrel was bored slightly tighter than standard (hammer Forged) and it came with rifle sights.

November 9, 2012, 06:49 PM
FWIW, as a rule, smoothbore RS bbls prefer (accuracy-wise) bare Foster-type slugs; while rifled RS bbls do better with saboted slugs.