Slugs in Modified Choke?


December 29, 2014, 09:09 PM
Hello gun world I am new shotgun owner need to know if u can shoot slugs through a modified choke safely if so what kind would anyone recommend please help

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December 30, 2014, 05:10 AM
It can be done safely but the IC choke is recommended for better accuracy

December 30, 2014, 06:38 AM
The most accurate smooth bore slug shooting shotgun I have ever seen was a 1960s era 870 with a modified choke. 4" GROUPS at 150 yards by the owner. With a bead. Best I could do was about 8". This is far from typical, but it did happen.

December 30, 2014, 11:47 AM
Yes a modified is safe, but as alluded to above, it may or may not give you good accuracy. One way to tell, get a few different brands and see which one, if any, work best in your gun

December 30, 2014, 12:57 PM
It can be done safely but the IC choke is recommended for better accuracy

If it's a smooth bore I've had good results put of the Federal Premium Tru ball rifled slugs

short barrel
December 30, 2014, 01:06 PM
I wouldn't do it, but that's just me.

December 30, 2014, 01:12 PM
It is safe,,load up and fire away

December 30, 2014, 02:10 PM
Welcome to THR! shanefromlansdowne...

There's another, current Shotgun Slugs thread ( here in this shotgun subforum, and, in it there is posted a nod to Brenneke's website...

Now, those of us who are familiar with the reputation garnered by this over-100-year-old concern know that most of their slug offerings are manufactured using a slightly "harder" lead alloy. For each! of these slug applications Brenneke lists "Chokes: all"

Now THAT is saying something.

That said, I am not about to bust out a very-little used 35-year-old Smith & Wesson Model 3000 (a gorgeous, Howa-made clone of a Wingmaster) and run Forster-style slugs through it's 30" barrel with it's integrated full choke... it's a bird gun, for crying out loud. Hee!

...but I do run Fiocchi, Remington Slugger and Winchester Forster-style slugs through both a MOD-choked 18" and a cyl-bore (no choke) 18" barrels in Remington 870 Wingmasters.


Loc n Load
December 30, 2014, 02:17 PM
I posted on the other slug I will not reiterate other than to say that your modified choke will handle slugs just fine....have shot slugs thru every size choke in dozens of shotguns since the 60's and the bottom line is: find the load that your particular gun shoots well....I have a Mossberg pump that I have harvested deer with since 75 and for twenty years killed several deer a year with slugs and a modified choked bl., that particular gun/choke combo likes Federal slugs.

December 30, 2014, 02:20 PM
1. Conventional Forster Rifled Slugs are safe to fire in any degree of choke.

2. The slug itself is actually smaller then the tightest Full choke.

3. Sabot slugs are for use only in rifled barrels and will not work in smoothbores.

4. The Federal Tru-Ball slugs mentioned above are designed to work most accurately with some degree of choke.

Accuracy testing at Federal involved a fixed mount system with a 20-inch Remington 870 barrel. The range is 50 yards. The accuracy, of course, varies by the choke. The average of six, 5-shot groups with the full-power, TruBall ammo was Cylinder Bore: 2.8-inch, Improved Cylinder: 2.6-inch, Modified Choke: 3.3-inch, and Full Choke: 3.5-inch.


December 30, 2014, 02:24 PM
You can safely shoot a shotgun slug through ANY standard choke. Heck the old Ithica Deerslayers were full choke diameter the entire length of the barrel. The only chokes that are not safe for slugs are extra-full turkey chokes -- they are usually roll marked with warnings about safe use with lead shot only.

The old foster slug ("rifled slug") was made specifically for shooting through choked barrel smoothbore shotguns. The grooves on the slug do not spin the slug, instead they are designed to squeeze down uniformly as the slug passes through the choke. Truballs and Lightfields tend to be the most accurate in the majority of shotguns, but even the cheaper slugs from Winchester and Remington will often give 3 to 5 inch groups at 50 yards so long as the barrel/receiver have a tight

Although sabot slugs can be safely used in your shotgun, I would not recommend them. They are designed to be spun by a rifled barrel to stabilize the projectile and shed the sabot. Without that spin they will have poor and irradic accuracy in your gun.

Browning Guy
December 30, 2014, 03:06 PM
Yes you can shoot slugs through a modified choked shotgun. I have much the same results as post #9 above. My 70's era Mossberg in a fixed modified choke actually shoots slugs better than the cylinder bore, sighted "slug barrel" that is with the combo.The key is to try many different brands and types for your individual gun. Unlike above post mine liked Winchester first, Remington,second, and Federal third(all Foster type). Just proving each gun is an individual and "YMMV". But the fun is in the "research".

December 30, 2014, 07:29 PM
I have nothing to add to what has been said as to the safety of firing rifled slugs through your gun. However I do disagree with point 2. in rc models post. It is true that in the past rifled slugs were typically undersized. Today though all manufacturers make full bore diameter slugs or slightly larger.

I proved this to myself by dissecting several brands and dropping the slug down the bore. Both the Rem and Win slugs stopped just past the forcing cone. The Federal slug of early 90's manufacture almost went all the out. The very base of the skirt kept it from passing all the way through the choke. However there was enough slug protruding that I was able to grab it and pull it out with my fingers.

December 30, 2014, 08:30 PM
my 870 w/18.5 modified barrel shoot slugs a well a my single barrel smooth bore slug gun only difference is the sight on the slug gun make hits past 50-75 yards a little easier

January 1, 2015, 08:06 PM
I run the Modified choke tube in my Benelli M1 Super90 Tactical and reduced recoil slugs. Shoots 4" groups at 100 yards without beating me up.

January 1, 2015, 08:07 PM
I run the modified choke tube in my Benelli M1 Super90 Tactical using reduced recoil slugs. Shoots 4" groups at 100 yards without beating me up.

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