So I need to get a new barrel for slugs, the smoothbore are so much cheaper but I've never muched looked into the accuracy of a smoothbore slug barrel versus rifled bore. Any input on the subject in terms of accuracy at deer ranges (say up to 100, 120 yards?)
Post by prairie calls on Jul 21, 2005 19:18:37 GMT -5
Clark I have both types I have killed about a equal amount of deer with each but most shots have been close. I do know when I take the gun to the range that I site my smooth bore in at 60 yards I shoot a 2 3/4" Rem 1 oz. slugger I can still hit the paper at 100 yards but it is low by about 6" and not real consistant not sure about the knock down power but I would bet it is lower by allot. The rifled barrel gun I site in at 100yards and it is real consistant there for that one I'm using 3" Winchester supreme sabot it's about 4" high at 60 yards. I hunt on the ground for gun season for the most part and the gun's sited this way work well for me. If I was going to do most of my shooting at 100+ yards I would go for the rifled barrel it will be more accurate at farther yards.
I have used both. Depends on distance and cover being hunted. Smooth bores and the big heavy slugs are good in heavy brush but if you will be making many shots out past 60 yds I would buy the rifled barrel and shoot the lighter Sabots. I shot 3" win. Sabot mags out of my rifled 835 and it was deadly. I shot Rottweill (SP) Brenneke (SP) rifled slugs out of my Remmy 870 smooth bore and it did a good job but they are still more of a short range item.
thanks for the input. common sense says the rifled will be better, but i had found nothing on how much better. the range estimate i gave would be on the extreme upper end, i know typically shotgun hunting is a good deal closer than scoped rifle but i figured i'd just toss the farthest i could conceive to get the best idea.
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