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Old 02-23-2010, 09:22   #1
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Range report

Rem 870 w/18.5 rifled barrel:

Hornady 300 gr sabot slugs-almost rifle accuracy at 50 yds, every shot touching or nearly touching.
Regular rifled slugs-Every shot inside 3 1/4" at 50 yds
2 3/4 buckshot-Nearly worthless. at 25 ft the shot had spread to like 30+ inches, even at 20 ft only 2 pellets hit on an 11 x 14 target, the rest blew all over the place. Other than point blank range it looks like a slug barrel is a slug barrel only.
I don't know why the rifling makes the shot open up so fast. Makes the shot cup spin?
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:32   #2
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yes, it does make the shot cup spin. it is like putting marbles in the middle of a lazy susan and spinning it, they all fly outward.
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Old 02-23-2010, 22:13   #3
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Wow good to know. Didn't think of it. Did you buy the gun for strictly slugs, or did you make a mistake?
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Old 02-24-2010, 15:52   #4
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Wow good to know. Didn't think of it. Did you buy the gun for strictly slugs, or did you make a mistake?
Got it for slugs and for easy barrel change to smoothbore. A person could argue "why not just get a rifle?" I have read that a sabot slug (or regular slug) is the hammer of thor on deer (or BG's)
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Old 02-24-2010, 17:46   #5
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Southern,

Rifled barrels are made for sabot slugs, and they can be
as accurate as a rifle out to certain distances.
You don't want to shoot soft lead rifled slugs that are made
for smooth bore barrels in them. There not made for them.
Regular rifled slugs shoot fine in smooth bore I/C or modified,
but don't do well and will lead rifled barrels.
Buckshot not good in a rifled barrel, best is smooth barrel, cyl, I/C, mod.
Don't shoot Buckshot in tight chokes, full, Xfull, can restrict and deform
pellets, bad patterns.
In a desperate situation you could use it up close but
accuracy stinks.
Stick with sabot slugs only in your rifled barrel.
Some states don't allow centerfire rifles for deer, shotguns only.
The rifle shotgun barrel and sabot slugs give the deer hunters
in those states a lot better range for getting a deer.

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Old 02-25-2010, 19:58   #6
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Southern,

Rifled barrels are made for sabot slugs, and they can be
as accurate as a rifle out to certain distances.
You don't want to shoot soft lead rifled slugs that are made
for smooth bore barrels in them. There not made for them.
Regular rifled slugs shoot fine in smooth bore I/C or modified,
but don't do well and will lead rifled barrels.
Buckshot not good in a rifled barrel, best is smooth barrel, cyl, I/C, mod.
Don't shoot Buckshot in tight chokes, full, Xfull, can restrict and deform
pellets, bad patterns.
In a desperate situation you could use it up close but
accuracy stinks.
Stick with sabot slugs only in your rifled barrel.
Some states don't allow centerfire rifles for deer, shotguns only.
The rifle shotgun barrel and sabot slugs give the deer hunters
in those states a lot better range for getting a deer.
Makes perfect sense to me.
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