Newbie to HD Shotgun & Slug loads

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    Newbie to HD Shotgun & Slug loads

    I bought a Maverick 88 12ga for home defense. I'm reasonably handy with the weapon and keep it ready with 00 shot at home. I want to have my wife get a feel for the gun and learn how to operate it in an emergency and the range is the only place convenient. The local range will only let me shoot slug shells at the indoor range. Can I shoot slugs through it with a standard shot barrel? Accuracy is not an issue at this point. Please excuse my ignorance in this matter. I am more of a pistol guy.

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    Yes, you can shoot slugs with a smooth barrel with no problem. I'm sure you already know that the recoil is pretty rough with a 12 ga shooting slugs. If your wife is new to shooting you might be better off starting her out with some light #7's or #8. Is there anywhere outside of the city you live in that you might be able to light off a few?

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    You should be fine to shoot normal lead slugs, like the ones from Brennke or Remington (I'm pretty sure they are called sluggers) out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back 40 View Post
    Yes, you can shoot slugs with a smooth barrel with no problem. I'm sure you already know that the recoil is pretty rough with a 12 ga shooting slugs. If your wife is new to shooting you might be better off starting her out with some light #7's or #8. Is there anywhere outside of the city you live in that you might be able to light off a few?
    That's the issue. We are in the burbs. Not much country in these parts. Do they make light load slugs? I don't want to scare the hell out of her. Do they make "snap caps" type shells for shotguns? She has fired a over/under 20ga with bird shot years ago.

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    Yes, there are "lite recoil" and "tactical" buckshot and slug loads. Stay away from anything marked "magnum" - you don't need those for defense and they really add more recoil.

    If you're new to scattergunning, "magnum" in buckshot and birdshot loads is primarily a heavier payload (e.g., 1-1/4 vs 1-1/8 oz of shot, or 12 pellets vs 9), and usually at a lower velocity as a result. 12 and 20 ga offer magnum 3" shells as well (vs. 2-3/4" length).

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    Just an additional thought, but, why not try and find a place that offers some sort of clay's sport in your area? That way she could use the shotgun, and get familiar and appreciate it's capabilities, while using normal lower recoil game loads. Also, not many things are as fun as a day spent busting clays.
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    Congrats on the new gun. I second the thought of sporting clays. We just went this weekend with another couple, and the other woman was totally new to shotgunning. We had a blast.

    In my experience, "game loads" are more recoil than target loads, and there are also training loads which are even less spicy. She used the training loads are was happy with it. She also had one of the Past shoulder gel pads, along with a mesh sporting vest that had additional padding on it.

    I use a cheekpad on the stock as well. Any of this protective gear just makes the shotgun less scary, so you can concentrate on what you are doing rather than worry about the bruises.

    She will probably say that the gun feels heavy and it will probably be too long for her to fit right. From a girls perspective, it can be really tiring to shoot a shotgun that is not a good fit. Just a heads up on that.

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    A shottie for HD make perfect sense, I have a coach gun. I only carry 00 buck for HD because it makes bigger holes...a bunch of them.
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    Go to atterbury, they have a really nice skeet/trap range
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    Use "rifled slugs" in your smoothbore for better accuracy. The sabots work better in the rifled slug barrels. I've convinced a few folks that slugs are much more accurate than they thought.
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    Federal makes a low recoil slug in their "Truball" premium line that will shoot fine in your gun and won't beat up the shooters too bad. I think accuracy with the slug is important, at typical defensive distances your OO shot wont spread too much, If either of you can hit near the center of a target with a slug, you'll be on it with buckshot too.

    FWIW, all of my buckshot is also Federal, the low recoil OO with the "Flite Control" wad system. They just brought it out again to the civilain market after briefly discontinuing it. Not sure of the new stock number yet.
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    I have a Mossberg 500 loaded with three rounds of 00 buck and last two rounds are 3" slugs. Side saddle holds two rounds of 00 buck and three 3" slugs.

    Although, I dread ever having to use my shotgun indoors. I already have minor hearing loss in my left ear from ignorantly shooting a gun (for the first time ever) without hearing protection.

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    You'll be fine with slugs in your smooth bore shotgun. Just be aware that some of them are higher velocity than standard shot loads. This is going to make felt recoil a bit different. Just be ready.

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    Another thought. Numrich Gun Parts has chamber adapters that will convert your 12ga to .22, .357, 9mm, or .44mag.
    Lists price $21.60.
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    Just make sure you get rifled slugs. Only one person has mentioned it so far which is strange to me.

    Rifled slugs in a smooth bore are very accurate, and completely devastating. I just buy the remmington ones at walmart, they're only 8.99 for 15. I would not shoot them in a house, it will probably go though every wall, 00 buck too. #4buck is the recommended blast for not going through drywall and killing innocents.

    I keep mine loaded with one nonlethal bag load, three #4buck loads, and four 00buck loads. I always keep slugs in the speedfeed buttstock, but would be hesitant to fire them at anything less then a bear.
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