What do you shoot at with the slug ? , just out of interest :wink:Spiffy said:I have a Rem 870 and was wondering what brand of slug to shoot out of an unrifled barrel? Rifled barrels are way to expensive but how do rifled choke tubes work?
very interesting thanks :wink:Bonasa said:United Shot,
Here in North America, it would be used for whitetail deer, probably 95%. The remaining five percent might be black bear or any dangerous game at close range or in brushy areas.
As once very rural areas become more populated, use of the rifled slug is mandated as a replacement for centerfire rifles. In shotguns with fully rifled barrels, slugs are accurate out to 125 yards or so and have more than adequate energy to kill cleanly at that range. Unlike centerfire rifle bullets, the relatively low velocity of the slug and its looping trajectory make it drop precipitously after about 150 yards. While rifle bullets can travel for miles, slugs run out of velocity much more quickly--making them an inherently safer alternative for more populated areas.
And with the ever increasing accuracy of fully rifled slug barrels and the sabot slugs being loaded for them, many hunters are foregoing their short-range centerfire rifles in favor of their slug guns. I'd just as soon shoot a slug gun out to 100 yards than a 30-30, a 35 Remington, or a 44 mag. Any slight diminution of accuracy is more than made up for by the far better brush-busting capabilities and retained energy of the slug.