Can I shoot slugs?

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  1. TeXJ

    TeXJ XDTalk 1K Member

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    I have a 870 express 12 guage, 28" ribbed barrel. It has the screw in choke at the end. Not sure what choke but it does have one. So to shoot a slug do I need to take out the choke or can I leave it in there?

    thanks!

    Edit: found out it has a Modified choke. And that I'll need an Improved choke to be able to shoot slugs.
     
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    Depends on the size of the choke. Play it safe and take it off, or pop open a shell and see if the slug clears the choke.
     
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    We used improved choke on my girlfriends mossy 500 last year for slug season. Works pretty well, but getting a rifled barrel with some sabots put it to shame. So if you don't plan on shooting farther then say 50 to 60 yards youll be fine. If you don't have rifled sights then the accuracy can suffer.
     
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    If you can, your a better shot than me. Why not just use salt?
     
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    Heh. Ya beat me to it...
     
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    DO NOT shoot without the choke screwed in, it can damage the threads in the barrel. I'd get a different barrel for it with rifle sights. At least check to make sure you have the proper choke, and change it if necessary. A slug does just barely fit down the smooth barrel for the mossberg, but the wadding under it is a bit tight. Dunno how accurate of a test that is, but I tried it out of curiosity.
     
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    Dont bother with the rifled bbl unless you are going to be hunting. I also wouldnt be too concerned with shooting a slug through anything but a full choke...do not shoot it through a full choke. Unscrew the choke and see what it says on it. You can buy indicidual rem chokes for cheap. But yeah...dont shoot it without.
     
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    How about slugs (and 00 buck) for home defense at 5-8 yds?
     
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    I'm pretty sure I can safely say you can shoot slugs with anything that will fit through your barrel, and its a good thing too know before they try to enslave us all.

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    At that range the 00 will probably not pattern a whole lot bigger then a slug.
     
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    the entry of the 00 might not be much larger than a slug, but the next 18 inches will change that considerable...
     
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    I'd almost bet that the choke is Full.

    the 28" barrel is made for bird and skeet.

    go to a sporting good store and get a cylinder or improved choke tube.

    on the slug and buckshot at 5yd debate, can someone with a chest 18" thick enven make it through your door???

    hell, I'm 6'4", 290lbs and I can slide through an opening just under a foot.
     
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    I have a modified choke in mine. I will need to go and get an improved choke.

    Thanks guys!

    More or less just wanting to shoot some slugs and feel like i got punched in the shoulder :D
     

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