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    Shotgun barrel question

    Can anyone enlighten me on whether it is safe to fire buckshot out of a ventilated 28 inch "bird barrel" with an adjustable choke? How about slugs? I've had experience with 18 inch defensive shotguns but not hunting shotguns. Thanks...

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    When you say vented barrel, I assume you mean vented rib barrel. If not, ignore this post.
    I have never heard of anyone having a problem shooting buckshot from any smooth bore shotgun. Some semi auto shot guns require a simple adjustment when going from low powered to high powered shells.
    Slugs can be a little different. Depents on the type slug and how tight your choke is.
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    you can shoot slugs out of a smooth bore barrel but if you want accuracy you should get a rifled barrel. I shoot 00 buckshot out of my smooth bore Mossberg with a 28" barrel. I also have a 20" fully rifled barrel for slugs.

    So to answer your question, yes you can shoot buckshot but i would remove the choke when shooting slugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiHerd View Post
    Can anyone enlighten me on whether it is safe to fire buckshot out of a ventilated 28 inch "bird barrel" with an adjustable choke? How about slugs? I've had experience with 18 inch defensive shotguns but not hunting shotguns. Thanks...
    Are you saying a poly choke or screw in, screw out replaceable chokes? With the former I'm not sure I would shoot slugs out of it. With the latter you can just buy a slug choke. Buckshot would be OK with either but you don't want a full choke in there.
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    With smooth bores I've had the best accuracy from rifled slugs (not rifled bore, but rifled slugs). I've since gone to a slug barrel, and performance tipped up dramatically.

    You should not have a problem with buckshot in a smooth bore barrel irrespective of the choke, but ya don't wanna use it in a rifled barrel. <g>

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    You can shoot most slugs out of most barrels nowadays, as I haven't really found a non fosters style slug in some time. At least by default.

    As far as buckshot, it should all be good. Unless it is steel plated shot and you have a super full choke "turkey" configuration.
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    If you shoot slugs out of a poly choke, open it all the way or it may open it for you.
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