Rifled slugs through an unrifled barrel?

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    Rifled slugs through an unrifled barrel?

    Im buying a new shotgun and never once thought of this, after browsing through all sorts of shells....if the barrel is not rifled, do I use a rifled slug? Why or why not? Does it offer any advantage or weakness?

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    Yes adds accuracy. Instead of the barrel being rifled the slug is.

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    The Foster Rifled Slug and Similar Designs

    The Foster slug is a bit like a hollow-base wadcutter, heavy in front with a skirt. This front-heavy feature keeps the slug true in flight, thus aiding accuracy to an extent though not to the degree that a well-fitting projectile fired through a rifled barrel can yield. The so-called "rifling" on the slug allows safe usage of the slug in a wide variety of barrel choke dimensions. It doesn't impart any spin to the slug at all.
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    Learn something new everyday. Guess I always bought into the marketing claims of more accurate rifled slugs. Check out and pattern some federal #1 buck with the flitecontrol wad, thats my favorite shotgun load for defense. If im firing a single projectile, I usually want it launched from a rifle.

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    I grew up in Indiana which is a deer hunting with shotguns only state, the most devastating and accurate slugs I ever found were Brenneke, which are what ride in the sidesaddle of my HD shotgun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    Im buying a new shotgun and never once thought of this, after browsing through all sorts of shells....if the barrel is not rifled, do I use a rifled slug? Why or why not? Does it offer any advantage or weakness?
    I've not been able to find rifled slugs (only the plain kind like the pic below). And they leave the barrel quite the mess...(LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    Im buying a new shotgun and never once thought of this, after browsing through all sorts of shells....if the barrel is not rifled, do I use a rifled slug? Why or why not? Does it offer any advantage or weakness?
    No problem. However....rifled slugs were made for distance and accuracy just like a rifled barrel. It all depends on what you're hunting and distance. Rifled slug out of a smooth-bore is fine......just be sure you're barrel doesn't have a screw in choke IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accessbob View Post
    I've not been able to find rifled slugs (only the plain kind like the pic below). And they leave the barrel quite the mess...(LOL)

    Salt will get rid of those.....however....the remains will still be sticky and the salt will rust your barrel. Be sure your barrel is free of obstructions before firing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Salt will get rid of those.....however....the remains will still be sticky and the salt will rust your barrel. Be sure your barrel is free of obstructions before firing.

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    Wonder what one of those would feel like at 900fps....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss View Post
    . ha! I love the walkthrough on that site

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    Wonder what one of those would feel like at 900fps....
    Do you mean; as the slug or as the target?

    Wouldn't the "rifling" on the slug surface impart marginal spin as it traveled down the smooth bore. The slug will take the path of least resistance, doing whatever it can do to reduce friction. Like an outboard propellor spinning on the trailer through the wind generated by road-speed. By spinning, it seems the slug rifling would become more "parallel" in relation to the bore-line? I've never really thought of it before. Someone help me with the physics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    Wonder what one of those would feel like at 900fps....
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    Do you mean; as the slug or as the target?...
    If the slug tried it once, I betcha he wouldn't have the guts to try it again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    Wonder what one of those would feel like at 900fps....
    It wouldn't feel good, for sure and it would be a horrible mess to clean up, even if it never penetrated. It'd just be gross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilowatt3 View Post
    If the slug tried it once, I betcha he wouldn't have the guts to try it again!
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