20 gauge shotgun question

20 gauge shotgun question

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    20 gauge shotgun question

    Question, can you shoot buckshot and slugs in a 20 gauge shotgun with a full choke with out damage to the barrel ?? Thanks for any info you can supply me on this subject.

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    Yes. Rifled slugs are designed to shoot safely through any normal choke without damaging the hardware. Same for buckshot, but you should check the "pattern" size at a normal defensive distance, maybe 10-15 yards.

    Just curious - you have a fixed full choke on a 20 ga? Pretty unusual, but a good gunsmith can open that up for you if you want.
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    You can, but you may very well get better patterns with a mod choke.

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    Ive heard an improved cylinder choke is better for buckshot and slugs. can someone shed some light on this for me please. Thanks

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    Yes an old Sears shotgun made by Savage. Shoots 3 inch shells and has a full choke. Thinking abt using it for some deer hunting this year. I've killed several turkeys with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixgun View Post
    Ive heard an improved cylinder choke is better for buckshot and slugs. can someone shed some light on this for me please. Thanks
    The tighter the choke the more it squeezes the shot column as it passes through. Being less tight the improved cylinder squeezes the shot less and there is less chance of deforming the shot causing flyers and opening up the pattern.
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