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Best Barrel for Slugs

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Hi all,
I'm new to shotguns here and have a question about slugs.
I've got 2 barrels for my Remington Model 11.
One barrel is a Mod barrel, pretty straight forward.
The other barrel is, or was, a full. This one now has a Lyman Cutts Compensator on it. I've got 2 screw on choke sizes for this barrel, one is Full the other is Improved Cyl.
Can anyone lend me adivce on what kind of slugs or if I can even use them with either barrel, and what barrel would be the best choice. If either one would work, I would just try them out and see which shoots best for me. I don't think using the full choke would be wise, but can I use the ImpCyl and use slugs with one of these on the barrel?

Also, with a Model 11, what kind of slugs and shot in general can I use with this shotgun, I've never fired it and don't want to do anything wrong.

Is it realistic for me to expect to hunt deer using this shotgun?

You can view my other post about this shotgun at:

Looking forward to your replys,
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Using the traditional rifled slugs (not the new high-velocity ones), the modified barrel will work just fine. Improved Cylinder or Cylinder would be preferred, but Mod is OK.

Don't know about the Cutts Compensator barrel... the full choke tube is a definite no-no - the Improved Cylinder would be the choice if the Cutts can handle slugs. I would expect it to be okay, but I'd wait for advice from someone who knows for sure before trying it.

I agree with wwb on the choke selections; Mod should be OK, IC also. You'll have to try them out with different brands of conventional (Foster type) slugs to see what works best in your barrel. The Cutts bbl should present no significant problems from a functional standpoint.

With regard to the type of shells/slugs you can run through your gun, you are generally quite safe with any lead load having the same gauge/length designation as indicated on your barrel. If you have questions, take it to a local gunsmith or someplace like a Gander Mountain, where there is a resident 'smith. This might also be a good idea from the standpoint of having someone explain the long recoil design, and the proper configuration of your friction components. As a matter of fact, the more I think about it the better this idea seems- it won't cost alot, and you'll get a good under-the-hood on your 11.

The Model 11 is a robust design, and so long as you use ammunition appropriate to your gun (no 3" in a 2.75" gun, etc), you should be in fine shape. I would not hesitiate to hunt deer or upland with my Model 11.

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Hi Nate--

Welcome to the New Shotgunner's forum, where you've already gotten some excellent advice. Assuming this is a 12 gauge (you don't actually say that) or a 16 or a 20, you're fine hunting deer with the older "Foster" type slugs, as long as they aren't loaded to very high pressures. You want the ones that mosey along at about 1300-1400fps. It'll tell you right on the box that the slugs are intended for use with smoothbore. Don't use sabots or even Brennekes. And practice alot before you go. You're fine with either IC or mod--IC is slightly preferable, I'd say.

I like the idea of taking any older shotgun you acquire to a gunsmith to have him clean and inspect it. I do it with all my guns just as a matter of course. It can't hurt, and he might catch something that will save you a ton of trouble.

You've got a solid deer getter there out to 40 yards or so. Only take good shots: broadside, quartering toward you, and preferably standing still. If you don't think you can deliver a clean, humane, quick kill, pass up the shot. You'll get another chance.

Thanks for stopping by--come back and let us know how it all turns out :)

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