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Old 11-24-2008, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just bought a new slug barrel for my 870 12 ga. I hope to sight it in before taking it out but if I cannot, what kind of range can I expect - especially in relation to the vented rib barrel w/ slug choke?
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have firsthand knowledge, but I would think that even with the rifled choke tube, you probably are looking at about 75 yds. max for consistent accuracy. I would think that if you really take the time to try several different brands and types of ammo, you might be able to extend that some though, but you may have to put in some time at the range. Again, that is just my impression, not firsthand knowledge. My gun is fully rifled and before that I used to use a plain smoothbore, but never the smoothbore with rifled choke. I'm sure the tube helps accuracy somewhat, but I don't know how much that short section of rifling will affect accuracy.
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If you do not have a chance to fire it before you go out then you should not be using it. This is not really a debateable subject.

But once you go out and try it you should find that 100 yards shouldnt be a problem. With iron sights I have no idea. My 870 w/ choke tube and brennekes are good to almost 100. I retired that gun and my bolt action w/ fully rifled bull barrel, scope and hornady sst will shoot dead on, 2" high at 150 yards. A tack driver that left me shocked.

I would invest another $100 and get a lead sled-best money you will ever spend if you want to really site in guns. Good Luck
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Good point, I kinda missed that part! Like quacker said, if you don't know where the gun is shooting before going out, then you really shouldn't be using it on game. There is just too much chance of wounding the animal, espcially with slug guns.
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my buddy put a rifled choke on his 12 ga. 870 this year. He went from plate sized 9-10 in. groups @ 100yds down to 3 inches. He is shooting sabots, not sure what kind. I was surprised with the results, way better than expected.

I have a 870 with a fully rifled hastings barrel, shooting 1 oz. copper solids, holes are touching @ 100 yds. I wouldn't dream of shooting 100yds before I got that barrel. Farthest shot I have made with it was 108 yds, last year.
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I bought a used slug gun over the summer. Never got a chance to shoot it before the season opened. Guess where it still is? Hanging in my man room still unfired. I used my nova again, that is good out to about 50 yards. I had a buck at 75 and about 10 does at 100 that I watched for two hours. Kicking myself for not being prepaired.
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a lazer bore sight will get you close, but you still have to shoot it.
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I purchased a rifled slug barrel for my 11-87 years ago, but opted for the rifled sites. It was only good out to maybe 60 yards without a scope on there. I've since purchased a good scope. I haven't practiced beyond 100 yards, but I was hitting within 3 inches at 100 yards with the scope. With the rifled barrel and rifled sites, the rifled site would take up the whole deer ad then some at 100 yards. So forget about shooting much farther than 50-60 yards unless you mount a good scope on that rifled barrel.

Definitely, don't use an un-sited in gun for any hunting. You'd be better off with your existing barrel and pheasant bead if you can't site the new set-up in...
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my buddy put a rifled choke on his 12 ga. 870 this year. He went from plate sized 9-10 in. groups @ 100yds down to 3 inches.
Good to hear some first hand experiences. 3" groups are pretty darned good, I wasn't sure just how much just the rifled tube would help, but that is certainly respectable! You also answered the other question I had in my head, and that was whether or not you could shoot sabots with that setup. I would have guessed yes, but that confirmed it. Sounds like Alias just needs to sight that gun of his in and put in a little practice time and he should be good to go.
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A rifled barrel or a smooth bore with a rifled choke tube is to be used with sabot slugs only. With a smooth bore use rifled slugs not sabots because the sabots have nothing to give them spin without rifling grooves. Rifled slugs in a rifled bore will also have you chasing the wind for accuracy due to that the rifling pitch of the bore and the rifling ribs on the slug do not match up but rather skip across each other.
Anyone who takes an unsighted gun hunting is begging for trouble and is at best irresponsible if not criminally dangerous. Don' t do it.
My slug gun (20ga single shot) consistantly does sub 4" goups at 100yds with iron sights. But that is that gun with a specific brand of slug, with those sights, with my eyes, with me shooting it. Your results will almost certainly be differant.
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