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Old September 14, 2009, 01:56 PM   #1
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Rifled slug barrel and buckshot

Would shooting 00 buck shot through a rifled slug barrel cause the wadding to spin and throw the shot clear of the target? I ask because I was shooting 2 ¾ 00 buckshot through my 20in rifled slug barrel. At 25 yards there were no hits on the man sized silhouette. I closed to 20 yards, same thing. It was not until I closed to about 15-18 yards that I got one small hit on the lower part of the silhouette, a gut shot. I repeated and only one hit a little further up. I didn’t think that the spread out of a rifled slug barrel would be that bad. Did the rifling spin the shot off that far?
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Old September 14, 2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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Possibly. Make it spin - yes. Open the pattern up - yes. Miss the entire target - I'd want to see more testing starting at a shorter range.
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Old September 14, 2009, 03:39 PM   #3
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ive never seen it go to that extent but ive only seen a bit smaller shot out of a slug barrel. usually it will just leave you with a doughnut shaped pattern
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Old September 14, 2009, 05:22 PM   #4
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Old September 14, 2009, 06:20 PM   #5
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Did the rifling spin the shot off that far?

Yep. It did.

You're not exactly the first to notice that either, BTW .

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Old September 15, 2009, 02:16 AM   #6
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Not only are rifled shotgun barrels intended for slugs, not shot; they are specifically designed for sabot type slugs. If you want to shot shot, or standard slugs, you're best off with a smooth bore.

The OP questioned what happens to the pattern with a rifled barrel and 00-Buck shot. Perhaps a more appropriate question would be what happens to the rifled barrel when shooting shot. Past posts have discussed removing lead from rifled sabot barrels.

Of course, in an emergency, the any port in a storm scenario applies.
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