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What would I have to do to my Mossberg 500 Tactical Turkey in order to have a good pattern for trap shooting, as well as make it capable of shooting slugs?

Could anyone suggest some different choke options for these rounds, as well as some 00 buck shot?

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For both slugs and buckshot, get either a Cylinder or Improved Cylinder choke tube (assuminig you want to use the buckshot at HD disances--50 feet or less; if you want to try to reach out farther with buck--like 50 yards--use one of your turkey tubes...but it would be inadvisable to put a slug through one).

If you want to shoot sabot slucgs, you'll want to pick up a rifled choke tube; however, this will give you poor results if you want to shoot buckshot through it.

ETA--The IC tube would work for shooting clays as well...so that would likely be your best all-around option.
 

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With rifeling on a slug going down a rifled barrel...how does that work out?? :confused:
 

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With rifeling on a slug going down a rifled barrel...how does that work out?? :confused:
Quite well; out to about 125 or so yards, a rifled or foster-type slug can hang in there, accuracy-wise with a sabot when either are fired from a rifled barrel.

Really, the "rifling" on a rifled slug in a smoothbore barrel doesn't do a whole heck of a lot; it's actually there more for folks who fire one out of a tighter-choked barrel, so the slug can compress a bit.
 

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I'd go modified or IC for trap, and get a rifled barrel for slugs. for buckshot, get whatever choke gives you the best pattern with your combination of barrel & ammo.

from Mossberg, a rifled slug barrel is 160-170 bucks, but you can probably find one cheaper than that.

You don't say what you're planning to use the slugs for. If you're going to hunt deer, I'd recommend the barrel with the integrated scope mount, & go ahead and put a decent shotgun scope on it. I've had an 835 with 2 barrels for 15 years. for birds, clay targets & rodents, I use the smooth barrel, and switch to the rifled barrel for deer season. No need to even re-sight my scope.
 

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I have been deer hunting with a shotgun in Ohio for 20 years. If you want to shoot a slug for Home Defense or really at anything within 50 yards shoot a rifled slug (the cheap ones, remington, winchester, federal, brenneke, whatever). You can shoot this out of your regular barrel with no mods...something other than just a front bead is useful.
If shooting a regular old rifled slug any choke other than full is fine.

If your shooting at distances of closer to 100 yards+ get a rifled barrel and shoot sabots (the expensive ones, remington copper solids, winchester partition gold, winchester platinum tips, etc). A scope really helps out at these distances too. Dont shoot a rifled slug through a rifled barrel...if your going to buy a slug barrel to shoot the cheap rifled slugs through it save the $$ and get a smoothe bore with rifle sights.

Buckshot...again you dont need anything special. Any choke from mod or more open will work. However they do make specialized buck shot choke tubes. I use a Patternmaster for waterfowl hunting with large BBB shot size, and these tubes work awesome for the larger shot size. But you dont NEED it. About Patternmaster - Benelli Chokes | Beretta Chokes | Mossberg Chokes | Browning Chokes | Winchester Chokes - The Science of Shot.
 

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I have been deer hunting with a shotgun in Ohio for 20 years. If you want to shoot a slug for Home Defense or really at anything within 50 yards shoot a rifled slug (the cheap ones, remington, winchester, federal, brenneke, whatever). You can shoot this out of your regular barrel with no mods...something other than just a front bead is useful.
If shooting a regular old rifled slug any choke other than full is fine.

If your shooting at distances of closer to 100 yards+ get a rifled barrel and shoot sabots (the expensive ones, remington copper solids, winchester partition gold, winchester platinum tips, etc). A scope really helps out at these distances too. Dont shoot a rifled slug through a rifled barrel...if your going to buy a slug barrel to shoot the cheap rifled slugs through it save the $$ and get a smoothe bore with rifle sights.

Buckshot...again you dont need anything special. Any choke from mod or more open will work. However they do make specialized buck shot choke tubes. I use a Patternmaster for waterfowl hunting with large BBB shot size, and these tubes work awesome for the larger shot size. But you dont NEED it. About Patternmaster - Benelli Chokes | Beretta Chokes | Mossberg Chokes | Browning Chokes | Winchester Chokes - The Science of Shot.
It seems you and I have been shooting slugs for about the same amount of time...my question to you, regarding what I highlighted...

Why not? I've had excellent results shooting "rifled" slugs out of a rifled barrel, with no harm done. Same with Foster-type slugs. I've found that I get sabot-like accuracy, at least out to about 125 yards...what issues have you had with them that causes you to advise against use?
 

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Rifled slugs (such as Remington sluggers) = Smooth bore barrel as the rifling on bullet will do the rotating. (use with widest choke you have that way you dont blow the choke out of your barrel)

Sabot slugs = rifled bore barrel as the rifling in the barrel will do the rotating. (usually do not use chokes... but have seen a few out there that do)

Sabot slugs with a rifled barrel are going to be the most effective.
 
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