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I'm hunting in NJ this year and I can only shoot slugs or use buck shot. Never done this before. I have a remington 870 express with a smooth bore. Do they have slugs for such guns? If so what kind should I get and how accurate can they be?

from pjsabella on 07.03.10

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from Hickory wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

I used smooth bore slug guns for many years in Western New York. They will usually throw a rifled slug well enough to shoot deer out to about 100 yards when using either a cylinder bore (no choke) or an improved cylinder choke as long as the gun has either iron sights or a scope installed. Most of the guns I hunted with over the last 40 years would hold around a 2" group at 50 yards using ordinary Remington or Winchester rifled slugs which sell for around $3-$4 a 5 pack.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

me and my dad both shot 870 smooth bore shotguns and the results were varied. his gun was dead on at 50 yards and mine could not hit a paint can at 25. same ammo and everything. i even had him shoot it to see if i was the problem but he got the same results.

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from pjsabella wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Red dot sight not red eye :o)

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from pjsabella wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Uncle John,

I just thought of another question for you...is it possible to attach a red eye sight to the ventilated shotgun barrel or will the recoil rip the rail off?

Thanks

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from Uncle John wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Bad report sorry I couldnt edit it ...correction you can zero the catiliver mount, getting a little sleepy.

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from Uncle John wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Slugs are good with a rifled slug barrel and you can get one out of Cabellas. I sugest you get one with a cantiliver scope mouncrew it right one the barrel. barrels can be changed very quickly with Remington 870s. You cant zero your slug barrel with a catiliver scope mounted and you can remove the barrel and return it without losing your slug zero. if you are hunting in really thick stuff where the range is no more than 50 just use you regular shotgun barrel, attach a set of detachable rifle sights on your vetilated rib and screw in a .670 turkey choke and get some Winchest 00 and 000 buckshot. Adjust your sights to hit dead on at 40 yards. The old southern rule of buckshot is simple if you can see a deers eye slearly he is in range. Now you have two barrels one gun and can switch any time you want too.

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from pjsabella wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Perfect...thanks guys!

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from Johnnie wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I second the motion on Bo's suggestion of getting a rifled barrel. Remington has a couple of rifled barrels for the Remington 870 Express. There is a Remington Slug Barrel for the Remington 870 Express 12 Gauge, it is a 3" 20" Rifled Matte barrel with Rifle Sights that sells for $240.00.
Don't want to go the purchase a rifled barrel route? Most slugs are designed for smoothbore barrels and can be used with rifled type barrels or a rifled choke tube. There are slugs for the smoothbore such as Brenneke with Foster-Type Slug, Federal, Winchester, and Remington just to name a few. Than again they have slugs just designed for use in rifled barrels only. They also sell a rifled choke tube.
Slugs can be accurate, just have to find a type your shotgun likes. Use your full choke when shooting slugs from your smoothbore.

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from Bo wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

You should be able to get a rifled barrel for that gun. The rifling will increase your accuracy out well past 100 yards, maybe even much further. It shouldn't cost as much as a a new gun, but you will be getting one for less money.
Check out your options there. I think that at one time Remington made a muzzleloader barrel for that gun too. You could have two new guns for a price that is less than a new fancy deer rifle.
check it out and good luck with your hunting.

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from Bo wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

You should be able to get a rifled barrel for that gun. The rifling will increase your accuracy out well past 100 yards, maybe even much further. It shouldn't cost as much as a a new gun, but you will be getting one for less money.
Check out your options there. I think that at one time Remington made a muzzleloader barrel for that gun too. You could have two new guns for a price that is less than a new fancy deer rifle.
check it out and good luck with your hunting.

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from Johnnie wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I second the motion on Bo's suggestion of getting a rifled barrel. Remington has a couple of rifled barrels for the Remington 870 Express. There is a Remington Slug Barrel for the Remington 870 Express 12 Gauge, it is a 3" 20" Rifled Matte barrel with Rifle Sights that sells for $240.00.
Don't want to go the purchase a rifled barrel route? Most slugs are designed for smoothbore barrels and can be used with rifled type barrels or a rifled choke tube. There are slugs for the smoothbore such as Brenneke with Foster-Type Slug, Federal, Winchester, and Remington just to name a few. Than again they have slugs just designed for use in rifled barrels only. They also sell a rifled choke tube.
Slugs can be accurate, just have to find a type your shotgun likes. Use your full choke when shooting slugs from your smoothbore.

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from pjsabella wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Perfect...thanks guys!

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

me and my dad both shot 870 smooth bore shotguns and the results were varied. his gun was dead on at 50 yards and mine could not hit a paint can at 25. same ammo and everything. i even had him shoot it to see if i was the problem but he got the same results.

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from Hickory wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

I used smooth bore slug guns for many years in Western New York. They will usually throw a rifled slug well enough to shoot deer out to about 100 yards when using either a cylinder bore (no choke) or an improved cylinder choke as long as the gun has either iron sights or a scope installed. Most of the guns I hunted with over the last 40 years would hold around a 2" group at 50 yards using ordinary Remington or Winchester rifled slugs which sell for around $3-$4 a 5 pack.

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from pjsabella wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Uncle John,

I just thought of another question for you...is it possible to attach a red eye sight to the ventilated shotgun barrel or will the recoil rip the rail off?

Thanks

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from pjsabella wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Red dot sight not red eye :o)

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from Uncle John wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Slugs are good with a rifled slug barrel and you can get one out of Cabellas. I sugest you get one with a cantiliver scope mouncrew it right one the barrel. barrels can be changed very quickly with Remington 870s. You cant zero your slug barrel with a catiliver scope mounted and you can remove the barrel and return it without losing your slug zero. if you are hunting in really thick stuff where the range is no more than 50 just use you regular shotgun barrel, attach a set of detachable rifle sights on your vetilated rib and screw in a .670 turkey choke and get some Winchest 00 and 000 buckshot. Adjust your sights to hit dead on at 40 yards. The old southern rule of buckshot is simple if you can see a deers eye slearly he is in range. Now you have two barrels one gun and can switch any time you want too.

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from Uncle John wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Bad report sorry I couldnt edit it ...correction you can zero the catiliver mount, getting a little sleepy.

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