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I have never used buckshot before and was wondering if i would use a field barrel or a smooth bore slug barrel? Any input?

from Thechief57 on 12.12.12

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

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Right...smooth bore only for buckshot. As for what choke to use...at what distance might you be shooting?

The closer the range, the more open the bore.

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from officerdom1987 wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

I heard that shooting buckshot through a rifled barrel will really lead-up your lanes and grooves. Also, shooting a sabot slug through a smooth bore will be terrible results. A slug can shoot through a smooth bore at a good distance but not like a rifled barrel; I would not suggest shooting a slug through anything choked more than modified. Hope this covered a good catch-all.

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from JM wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

-HFT and John covered it.
-Just one more thing to add: Make sure buckshot is legal to use where you live for whatever you plan on doing.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

John obviously knows more about it than me, but I would add that if you're using very large buckshot you shouldn't choke it too much, or it'll scatter the group.

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from John B. Snow wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

You should shoot buckshot through a smooth--not rifled--bore. You can choke the barrel down as with regular shot and can even use a rifled choke tube. But don't shoot buckshot, or any shot for that matter, through a rifled slug barrel. The results will disappoint you.

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from officerdom1987 wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

I heard that shooting buckshot through a rifled barrel will really lead-up your lanes and grooves. Also, shooting a sabot slug through a smooth bore will be terrible results. A slug can shoot through a smooth bore at a good distance but not like a rifled barrel; I would not suggest shooting a slug through anything choked more than modified. Hope this covered a good catch-all.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

Hi...

Right...smooth bore only for buckshot. As for what choke to use...at what distance might you be shooting?

The closer the range, the more open the bore.

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from John B. Snow wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

You should shoot buckshot through a smooth--not rifled--bore. You can choke the barrel down as with regular shot and can even use a rifled choke tube. But don't shoot buckshot, or any shot for that matter, through a rifled slug barrel. The results will disappoint you.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

John obviously knows more about it than me, but I would add that if you're using very large buckshot you shouldn't choke it too much, or it'll scatter the group.

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from JM wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

-HFT and John covered it.
-Just one more thing to add: Make sure buckshot is legal to use where you live for whatever you plan on doing.

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