Can you shoot a slug through a shotgun with a modified choke?
Hey guys, the NC. gun deer season is just around the corner and I have gotten pictures of a 6-point buck and a nice 8-point buck. So, I really want to hunt to try to get one, my dad bought me a single shot 20 gauge shotgun about 2 months ago, I am pretty sure its a savage shotgun, But I would like to know if its possible to shoot a slug through a shotgun with a modified choke, buckshot would work, but I really prefer slugs. Thanks.
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Definitely go with a cylinder bore. A 24" rifled cylinder bore would be ideal. Of course 2 3/4 "00 Buck Standard or Magnum loads out of a full chock will hold a killing pattern out to about 40 yards on running deer. 3" Magums won't allow fast follow up shots.
make sure its the old style Forster (?) slug. their hollow base squeezes down when going thru a choke the sabot slugs do not. Forster slugs were made for un-rifled barrels and can give huntable accuracy in most shotguns.
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i shoot slug through my 870 express magnum. have never changed the choke since i bought it, dont even know which choke it is but i think it might be a modified choke, not sure. but have never had any problems with them at all.
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I have 2 barrels for my Maverick 88 and 1 is a 28 inch modified fixed choke smoothe bore and a 24 inch rifled barrel and I have shot a few soft leaded slugs through it (cant remember which ones) but I can say it made me nervous. Thats why i bought the rifled barrel. I can keep a 1-2 inch group at 100 yards pretty easy. If you are going to be using slugs I would recomend getting a rifled barrel if you can afford it.
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FWIW, I've shot Foster-style slugs with my Moss'y 500 (12 ga.) bird barrel: 28" bbl, modified choke with a single (front) bead. I can hit a paper plate at 100 yards EVERY time with it.
If you have screw-in choke tubes, I might wonder if slugs could eventually make it hard to change choke. If it is a fixed (single) choke barrel then I see no problem with using Foster or Brenneke-style slugs. I still prefer my shorter slug barrel with rifle sights...YMMV.
Have at it, and good luck,
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