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B.S. shoot the gun. That's what it's made for. It is hands down the best auto loader ever built. And the A-5 is far more durable that any other gun ever built. They were built for your Grandkids to pass along to their Grandkids.

The Foster type slugs will shoot fair in the gun and buckshot will work great. And yes you can get slug barrels and/or screw in choke barrels and swap them out as you see fit.
 

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We used to shoot nutria with Foster slugs out of a full choke barrel. Didn't say he could get tight groups at 100 yards. But 6" groups at 60-75 yards is quite possible and buck shot will work as well as buck shot can work from the gun. Many, many, many dead deer from full choked A-5's although there are better barrel options out there for hunting with slugs. If you look around you can pick up A-5 slug barrels for around $150.00 but they are smooth bore with rifle sights for the most part.

Of course a sabot through a rifled barrel will be more accurate. Wasn't his question.

And if the bolt is bottoming out in an A-5 it is set wrong or needs new springs.

And a 1970 A-5 is not an old gun. It's 50 years newer than one I hunt with quite a bit and 25 years newer than my main line hunting gun.
 
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