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Slugs out of a FUll Choke?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by possom813, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. possom813

    possom813 Well-Known Member

    Can slugs be shot out of a full choke shotgun?

  2. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    You CAN do that, but accuracy is probably not going to be great. GENERALLY SPEAKING, you will get the best accuracy from plain lead slugs using a cylinder [No choke] or improved cylinder choked barrels.

    You will NOT damage the barrel, but expect recoil to be ahhhhhh stiff.
  3. possom813

    possom813 Well-Known Member

    Right on. It was more of a curiosity than anything. I'm not a big slug shooter, but in a recent ammo purchase I ended up with a box and was wondering what they were good for. All of my shotguns are full choke.

  4. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    While the two best slug groups I've ever seen from a smoothbore came from a 16 gauge Model 97 with Full choke, by and large we're better served with open chokes when we choose to slug it out.

    Forster (Rifled) style slugs will swage down in any choke,,but less is more here.
  5. mswestfall

    mswestfall Well-Known Member

    I've heard tell of an old bbl that bulged just before the choke after repeated shooting of slugs out of a full choke.
  6. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    The ammunition companies warn not to shoot slugs from a full choke and say to use a shotgun choke no tighter than modified. Its their product so I'd take their advice.
  7. TonyRumore

    TonyRumore Well-Known Member

    Not all barrels are the same. I have one in the shop now with a wall thickness of .040" and others as thick as .080" before the choke. That's a huge difference. Additionally the barrels are made from DOM tubing, which makes for large thickness variations around the OD of the tube. So, if you had a nominal wall of .040", you'll have some places where the tube is only about .035" before the choke. Shooting a slug through a full choke barrel like that is quite a bit different then driving it through a .080" thick barrel.


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