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Old November 16, 2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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Slugs out of 26"

Howdy all. So, i plan on bringing my Benelli Nova back from NH when I go home for Thanksgiving to do some hunting (deer, dove, etc etc) and was wondering if there's anybody else out there that uses the same barrel for all hunting (I priced a slug barrel and I'd be better off getting a dedicated slug gun from Mossberg or Remington) and if so, what choke you use for slugs or buckshot. I've been told a modified would do fine with the slugs and IC would work for buckshot. NC tends to issue about 5,493 deer tags per person and I'll have about a month to hunt, so I should be able to test both out. Any feedback is welcome
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Old November 16, 2009, 08:48 PM   #2
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if you use an improved cylinder bore, try out brenneke ko foster type slugs, those work good in smooth tubes. and that longer barrel will really help with accuracy.
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Old November 16, 2009, 09:46 PM   #3
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An open choke usually does better with slugs. Modified is about as tight as I go.

As for buck, pattern divers brands of 00 with an IC choke and then see what switching to the Mod tube does.
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Old November 16, 2009, 10:33 PM   #4
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I shoot slugs out of IC and IM chokes all the time with no degradation of accuracy. I shoot both Brenneke and Foster slugs out of smoothbore and slug barrels with equally good results. The only thing I won't shoot a slug through is a full choke.
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Old November 17, 2009, 07:31 PM   #5
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Two weeks ago, I test fired both buckshot and slugs in an old 12 Gauge Remington Model 11 that I'd recently purchased. It had a 26" I/C barrel. I used five 2 3/4 inch Remington Express 00 Buckshot, five 2 3/4 inch Remington Express #1 Buckshot, and five 2 3/4 inch Remington Sluggers for the test. I set my targets at 30 measured yards. I got a little wider spread than I expected with both the 00 buckshot and #1 buckshot at that range although all pellets were on the target, but I was really impressed with the Remingon Sluggers (which I believe are foster-type rifled slugs). All five hit within a 6" circle dead center in the middle of the target. All shots were taken standing up without support.

I didn't test the beyond 30 yards because that was an adequate distance for what I needed (for HD) but I imagine I could have kept all of the Sluggers within an 8" circle at 50 yards. And I make no claim to being a particularly good marksman.
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Old November 18, 2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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I use the same barrel; however, for the rest of your questions, you are just going to have to pattern it and find out.
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