Can I shoot shot in a slug barrel?


November 26, 2007, 10:41 PM
Recently I purchased a Mossberg 500A with a slug barrel. Can some one tell me if it is ok or not, to shoot Buckshot or lighter shot in the slug barrel? I realize the longer the barrel, it will be more accurate. But will manely be using it for defense or critters on the farm. And the slug barrel is much shorter making it easier to handle.

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November 26, 2007, 10:53 PM
You can safely shoot small shot, buckshot, or slugs in that barrel safely. It will be a scatter gun due to little or no choke. If I had the gun I would hastily send it to Polychoke and have their Deluxe Polychoke installed on it. Best $150.00 you'll ever spend. Then you will have all the chokes you will ever need for a little more than a barrel to hunt with will cost you. They make a short barreled gun look sharp.

Smitty in CT
November 26, 2007, 11:00 PM
You CAN, but your not going to like the results....

The shot will eventually foul the rifling of the slug barrel. That is not to mention that the pattern will be "interesting". The rifling is meant to get a slug spinning to stabilize it, when you start spinning the shot it will produce an ever expanding "doughnut" shaped pattern that beyond a few feet is going to have serious holes in it.

You can pick up a used short barrel or a new one for under $70...

November 27, 2007, 03:09 AM
Like the others have already said, you can but you shouldn't, especially if it's a rifled barrel. The rifling will cause the Buckshot to stay in a very tight pattern defeating the purpose.

Tale a look at the Mossberg site's Barrel Page ( and you will see you have many choices that will fit on your Mossberg 500. I have 3 barrels for my Mossberg 500, a 28" field barrel, a 18.5" security barrel and a 24" slug barrel. Pay no attention to the prices on the site, you can buy one new for half that.

Owen Sparks
November 27, 2007, 10:49 PM
I cast and load my own slugs. The Lyman mould makes a projectile that looks like a giant airgun pellet. They nest in regular winchester white wads and use a standard crimp. For all practical pourposes, I am shooting the equivilant of a shot load through a rifled barrel as the plastic one piece wad is identical. After shooting I pass a dry brush through thr barrel several times. It comes out with a rats nest of blackend plastic strips that have to be picked off the brush but after that clean up is a breeze. As far as using shot, centripedial force will make a donut pattern that is usless beyond a few yards.


November 28, 2007, 02:08 PM
Another place to find barrels cheap is

They currently have a 18.5" smooth bore with Accu-Choke for $69.99 or a 24" smooth bore with Rifle Sights for $49.99.

November 28, 2007, 05:40 PM
My Mossberg slug barrel is not rifled. It is 18" and has rifle sights on it. No rifling.

November 28, 2007, 06:16 PM
If it is a smooth-bore slug barrel you can shoot anything except sabot slugs in it without hurting a thing. It is just a cylinder bore shotgun, and would work great for small game / upland bird hunting & pest control as is.

If it's a fully rifled slug-gun barrel, you cannot shoot anything except sabot slugs in it, except in a dire emergency.
Bird shot or buck shot or Forster type rifled slugs will result in severe barrel leading and lousy accuracy and/or patterns.

November 28, 2007, 07:57 PM
is there any danger to shooting a sabot slug in a smooth bore barrel, or is it just an accuracy thing?

Dave McCracken
November 28, 2007, 09:40 PM
Sabots may be fired in smoothbore barrels but accuracy will probably be spotty.

I've seen exceptions but rarely.

And, a decade back I did some crop control stuff over on the Eastern Shore. MD whitetails run 100 deer per sq mi in places. Sabots had longer blood trails than full bore Forster and Brenekke style slugs.

My choice, even with a rifled choke tube, is the bore diameter slug rather than the sabots.

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