Forums / Gun Discussion / Slugs from a smoothbore shotgun

2 years 10 weeks ago, 7:59 PM

c_anderson180

c_anderson180's picture

Rank:
First Lieutenant
Points:
25
Join Date:
Apr 2009
Location:
In the middle, of it all, United States

Ok, I'm sure this question has been asked many times, but........

Can slugs be shot from a smoothbore?

I'm thinking about getting a Mossberg 500(either base or SPX model) and using it for home defense. I know 00 buck is great for home defense but I would also like the option of throwing a slug round in there if I need to punch thru an interior wall. I don't have much experience with shotguns, only handguns and rifles.

Is there anything I need to be concerned about? I know inserting a choke tube condenses the pattern and is not recommended for slugs, but that is about the extent of my knowledge with shotguns. That's what led me here.

2 years 10 weeks ago, 8:05 PM

daisycutter

daisycutter's picture

Rank:
General
Points:
4346
Join Date:
Jul 2009
Location:
Arkansas

what they're made for.

iyaoyas
2 years 10 weeks ago, 8:13 PM

HampsterW

HampsterW's picture

Rank:
Secretary of State
Points:
7723
Join Date:
Jan 2010
Location:
Cottonwood Heights, Utah, United States
Slugs

Yes, you can shoot slugs in a gun with a screw-in choke. The tube has the choke stamped on it or it has grooves on the outer lip. Full chokes don't give the best accuracy but they will easily handle any slug made. If you got only one tube, it is most likely modified, the most versatile of all chokes. If in doubt, use modified. Mod chokes have three grooves in the outer lip of the tube.

Screw-ins can handle anything that a fixed choke can handle...

Change you can truly believe in comes from the barrel of a gun---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ron Paul 2012----Vote the bastards out!---------------------------------
2 years 10 weeks ago, 9:30 AM

Reaper308

Reaper308's picture


Rank:
Secretary of Defense
Points:
6226
Join Date:
Jun 2008
Location:
Airstrip One, Oceania
slugs

Use rifled slugs or foster slugs in a smooth bore.

Use sabot slugs with a rifled barrel.

Just make sure your barrel is the correct gauge. Some models like the Mossberg 835 have an over bored 10 ga barrel on their 12 ga shotgun. You shouldn't shoot slugs through them as the slug won't stabilize, can cause damage and could be dangerous. You won't have that problem with the 500 models.

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
2 years 10 weeks ago, 9:45 AM

TXLUCKYGUY

TXLUCKYGUY's picture

Rank:
Major General
Points:
378
Join Date:
Dec 2009
12ga slugs

After formal training, I took 3 of my officers to the 100yd range with one of our 14" smoothbore 590A1 patrol shotguns, just to prove a point (that our patrol rifles are not the only accurate platforms available).

One of them was able to score 2 out of 4 hits on a mannequin head @ 100yds with Federal Low-Recoil HydraShok slugs. Others were able to go 100% on an IPSC silhouette at the same range, same gun, same load.

Most gun/ammo combos are WAY more accurate than most shooters. 12ga slugs from a standard Mossberg 500 will be just fine for most conceivable missions where the 12ga is the proper tool.

FWIW the Federal TruBall can wring a lot of extra accuracy out of smoothbore 12ga barrels, which have a LOT of variance in internal dimensions/tolerances.

2 years 10 weeks ago, 12:29 PM

Saint J.M. Browning

Saint J.M. Browning's picture

Rank:
General
Points:
3460
Join Date:
Feb 2011
Location:
The Colony, Texas, United States
TLG

Yeah, even with older guns. Case in point, my Remington Model 11:

Model 11 Slug results
My humpback @ 50 feet. The hole in the upper left was from a well-traveled wad and not a slug, BTW.

"I don't think Hank done it this way" - Waylon
2 years 10 weeks ago, 9:59 AM

c_anderson180

c_anderson180's picture

Rank:
First Lieutenant
Points:
25
Join Date:
Apr 2009
Location:
In the middle, of it all, United States
Thanks

Thanks guys. Your info has really helped me alot. It has made my decision to use a shotgun for home defense a much easier one.

2 years 10 weeks ago, 11:36 AM

jay sedler

jay sedler's picture

Rank:
Lieutenant General
Points:
1514
Join Date:
Oct 2009
Location:
redding, california, United States

my view on slugs and home defense.slugs inside your home is an added danger to family and possibly neighbors.a misplaced 1 oz slug traveling around 1600fps has more than enough power to penetrate multiple interior/exterior walls and injure someone far outside your home.00 or 000 buck will easily pass through some sheetrock if thats all you want to be able to do.just my humble opinion

CRY HAVOC and let slip the dogs of war!

Who's Online

Guns Lot Activity
Users
Currently Active Users: 844 (1 member and 843 guests)
captmax

Guns Lot Statistics
Stats Topics: 8,621, Comments: 160,560, Members: 23,520
Welcome our newest member: Hank6046

Recent Activity