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My neighbor asked me to go pig hunting with him, to which I replied that I wouldn't have a gun fit for this application. He suggested that I use my 12ga shotgun and shoot slugs with it. Now, my shotgun doesn't have a rifled barrel. I purchased it with only trap shooting in mind and I've never shot slugs with it. What's your guys' opinion? Should I try that? What kind of accuracy and range should I expect with slugs? And finally, do you think such a setup would be fit for pig hunting?

As always, all your input is really appreciated!


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I have seen unrifled barrels shoot good with slugs. They arn't good for your choke ,but if you can nail a hog through the vitals at less than 100 yards he is yours.BTW if you can't go hog hunting maybe I could.;)
 

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Thanks VA, and if I can't go, cause maybe something serious happened to me (like an earache or so) I'll let you know! :D

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Trap guns are usually choked pretty tight and have long barrels. I wouldn't think this would make a good combination for slug use or pig hunting. You might need better sights than a bead also. Just my opinion. I have killed two boars and I don't think I would have felt comfortable with a slug shooting trap gun. Maybe your neighbor has a more suitable gun you can use.
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than a choked gun. I've shot deer with slugs at 50+ yds with instant knockdown results.
A slug imparts a hell of a lot of energyon impact. I don't think a pig has any chance at all against a 12 ga. slug.

As suggested in another post, perhaps there is a gun you could borrow.

P.S. Aim a couple of inches high if its more than 40 yds away, slugs drop quickly especially from a short barrel.
 

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Hi, I live in south arkansas and we have alot of hogs. 2 3/4" slugs are more accurate than the 3" magnums. I use my grandpa's winchester 1200. It has a 30" full choke and is very accurate out to 125yds. I am told that a modified choke is best. Find you a old single barrel (pawn shop) for 50 or 60 dollars and you are in business. They have an extremely hard protection shell around their vitals.A quartering away shot behind the first rib will put him to sleep forever mighty fast. Be sure you cut his nuts out as soon as you get to him or he won't be edible. Also becarefull they can be very dangerous. Try to keep a tree between you and him. Hope this helps enjoy your hunt **** dawg
 

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Wow!!

Thanks for all your input! This is great! I've gotta ask you though. The manual for my shotgun says to never shoot slugs with the full choke. The opposite is the case. They want me to use the widest open choke, which is my skeet choke. Are they just full of it? Cause obviously you guys shoot slugs with the tightest choke available! And with good results! Also, I've been looking around on the internet and found rifled chokes, specially made for slug shooting. Has anybody used those before? And also, there are all kinds of different slugs out there. Do you guys have any favorites?

Thanks again guys!!

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P.S.: I'm aware of the problem with the sights. I'm thinking of getting these Fiberoptic Sights. http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/template...arentType=&rid=
 

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Originally posted by TheGermanGuy
Wow!!

Thanks for all your input! This is great! I've gotta ask you though. The manual for my shotgun says to never shoot slugs with the full choke. The opposite is the case. They want me to use the widest open choke, which is my skeet choke. Are they just full of it? Cause obviously you guys shoot slugs with the tightest choke available! And with good results! Also, I've been looking around on the internet and found rifled chokes, specially made for slug shooting. Has anybody used those before? And also, there are all kinds of different slugs out there. Do you guys have any favorites?

Thanks again guys!!

TheGermanGuy :sniper:

P.S.: I'm aware of the problem with the sights. I'm thinking of getting these Fiberoptic Sights. http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/template...arentType=&rid=
You do not want a choke, using slugs.

chokes are for forming the pattern of shot.

A slug barrel has no choke, its usually cylinder bore and possibly rifled.

Your gun manual is correct, The wider open the barrel the better for slugs, they just want the threads protected with the wide choke if you use a slug.
A different barrel would be best. Or a different gun.
 

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If your shotgun has removeable choke tubes get a rifled choke tube and you will have the best setup for slugs. Do not use the sabot slugs with this setup as accuracy can be erratic. Sabots need a fully rifled barrel but the regular slugs shoot the best groups with the rifled choke tube. Maybe you could get some of those glue on sights and then you would have a fine boar gun.
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Ok, I WAS confused. But now I'm all straightened out again. Rifled choke and no sabot slugs. Gotcha!

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I mounted a 2.5 power scope on my 870 pump 12ga shotgun. The mount attaches to the side of the receiver and uses the pin holes that hold the trigger group in. Shooting both regular and sabot slugs at 50yds all shots were in the black. This is with a Modified choke and no rifling. So far it's taken 3 deer with 3 shots.
 

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My father killed two of his best bucks at over 50 yards with a Remington 1100 hunting up north in Ill..., smooth bore bitd barrel as far as I know....accurate results. I guess I would say go for it with the pigs. I hunt primarily with a shotgun during the first part of deer seaso here in batesville mississippi. Never had a problem with knockdown. Standard slugs will kill just about anything you can hit 'em with. have a good one!
 
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