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I have a Benelli SNT and I went to get some slugs to shoot but the shop only had sabot slugs. Can these sabots be fired through my smoothbore? If so, what would be the benefits or negatives to doing so? Just curious, thanks for any help you can give!
 

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Of course you can shoot a sabot round through your smoth bore. That just makes a very large breech loading smooth bore musket. Your accuracy will be non existant however, since the sabot round requires rifling for proper operation.
 

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Yeah probably won't be able to hit a man sized target reliably past 10 yards
 

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Others have asked the same question on here before. If it were me then I would take it to a range and shoot at paper to find out how your accuracy is. Will not know unless you try it at a target,.
 

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Agree Heard the sabots need to be fired from rifled barrel for accuracy. Try the Fosters but my Win. 1300 still hit to the left of aim with a smooth bore.
 

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Thanks for the quick replies, all. General consensus is that the sabot can be fired but it wont be very accurate. Like I said, the shop only had the sabot style in stock but perhaps I'd better wait until regular slugs are back on the shelf. I tried the search function to see if this topic had been brought up but nothing showed up, wonder whats up with that? Anyways, again, thanks guys!
 

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It depends on the sabot projectile. Sabot rounds shaped like skirted pellets can fly pretty straight out to 75 yds or so. That's because they have their center of mass ahead of their center of pressure - just like a dart or shuttle cock - weight forward. Bullet shaped projectiles need to be spun.
 

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Sabot slugs are intended for rifled barrels or smooth bore barrels with a rifled choke tube.


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I'd be curious as to how it works out. Science tells me you need rifling, but it would be great if you'd try it and share what you found out.
 

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Just tried a Federal Sabot with a rifled choke tube. No cigar. Printed low at 25 yards. Most need fully rifled barrel unfortunately. Some say for either I believe but every gun is different and don't believe accuracy will be that great.
 

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Something to keep in mind on using sabots in a smoothbore.

When foster slugs were invented, they were made with "rifling" grooves. They do not make the slug spin as some think, (the slug acts like a shuttlecock/birdie) The premise was that during that time, just about any shotgun may suffice as the meat getting gun using "rifled" slugs. The veins on the slug combined with the softness of the lead are designed to allow the slug to "flow" through tighter chokes with no damage to the gun. Someone was thinking, right?

Fast forward to today. As others have mentioned, rifled configurations are meant for sabots. You DO NOT want to shoot a sabot from a tightly choked gun. The hard plastic combined with the stiff copper jacket found in most sabot projectiles will not give. You may not blow up your gun, but you could very well damage or bulge the tighter of the choke constrictions.

Safety first guys....
 

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Something to keep in mind on using sabots in a smoothbore.

When foster slugs were invented, they were made with "rifling" grooves. They do not make the slug spin as some think, (the slug acts like a shuttlecock/birdie) The premise was that during that time, just about any shotgun may suffice as the meat getting gun using "rifled" slugs. The veins on the slug combined with the softness of the lead are designed to allow the slug to "flow" through tighter chokes with no damage to the gun. Someone was thinking, right?

Fast forward to today. As others have mentioned, rifled configurations are meant for sabots. You DO NOT want to shoot a sabot from a tightly choked gun. The hard plastic combined with the stiff copper jacket found in most sabot projectiles will not give. You may not blow up your gun, but you could very well damage or bulge the tighter of the choke constrictions.

Safety first guys....
Good advice to all Jerry and thanks. Guns are too costly to ruin today. I may just have to purchase another gun for sabots. Now won't that be ashame.LOL
 

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The responses you are receiving are untrue. You will get just as accurate shots from a sabot slug from a smooth bore as you would a riffled barrel. The land I hunt is shotgun only and for years i was too broke to purchase a riffled barrel or a scope. So at least 5 seasons of deer at 10 + yards with smooth bore and rifled slug. Used Remington 870 and a Benelli super nova.

If there's someone saying otherwise its probably because they are not a good shot to begin with. Test it for yourself!!! Don't let these crotchety old men who have the Do it the "old way" which is the "right way" mentality.
 

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The responses you are receiving are untrue. You will get just as accurate shots from a sabot slug from a smooth bore as you would a riffled barrel. The land I hunt is shotgun only and for years i was too broke to purchase a riffled barrel or a scope. So at least 5 seasons of deer at 10 + yards with smooth bore and rifled slug. Used Remington 870 and a Benelli super nova.

If there's someone saying otherwise its probably because they are not a good shot to begin with. Test it for yourself!!! Don't let these crotchety old men who have the Do it the "old way" which is the "right way" mentality.
Yeah, we crotchety old men all responded to this thread with do it our way back in 2013. And saboted slugs were around a LONG TIME before that, giving crotchety old men a HUGE head start trying them out while you were busy, with things, like kindergarten.
 

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The responses you are receiving are untrue. You will get just as accurate shots from a sabot slug from a smooth bore as you would a riffled barrel. The land I hunt is shotgun only and for years i was too broke to purchase a riffled barrel or a scope. So at least 5 seasons of deer at 10 + yards with smooth bore and rifled slug. Used Remington 870 and a Benelli super nova.

If there's someone saying otherwise its probably because they are not a good shot to begin with. Test it for yourself!!! Don't let these crotchety old men who have the Do it the "old way" which is the "right way" mentality.
Welcome to G&G. Perhaps say hello in the new members section. I value your opinions and also believe you can aquire decent accurate with a smooth bore. I have done it many times using BRI sabots in my bear shotgun. That said, whether your last comment was intentional or not, it was quite rude considering you are unaware of the company you are in.

We have a community of many different shooters, young, old, male, female, Leo's, competitor's as well as new folks who want to learn. The knowledge here is vast and the people are friendly. Perhaps your last statement was lost in translation, if so, I apologize. If it wasn't, that is not a way to make friends here.

Again, welcome.
 

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Some of the first sabots ever used for hunting were for smoothbores, however they were designed with that purpose in mind.

Could you get good results from a modern sabot out of a rifle? Maybe, but that is not what it is designed for, and I personally would not use one in older shotguns built before the advent of steel shot unless the projectile was pure lead.

Somewhere in my pile of firearms detritus I have an early 1970s era sabot designed for a 20 gauge smoothbore, the "slug" inside is shaped a bit like one of those Nerf footballs ,
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but the fins are designed to impart spin.

At around 80 yards they were great, and they made a nice big .54-ish caliber hole in a target. Unfortunately I only had six of them. Three were fantastic, one was a dud, one was taken apart and fired from a friend's 20 ga smoothbore muzzleloader, and the last one is buried somewhere in my junk. I can't remember the brand, but the hulls were black plastic.
 

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Im thinking the only way to tell how well they do,
Try them in your particular shotgun.
 
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