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Old 04-12-2008, 11:38 AM
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I am the proud new owner of a Mossberg shotgun that will be perfect for turkey hunting. However, I wanted to ask those who have used it before, can this shotgun work with buckshot for deer? As long as I use the modified choke instead of the turkey choke?

What about deer slugs? Should I change the barrel for slugs? I have a box of rifled 12-gauge slugs, but I don't want to mess up this barrel for turkeys by shooting slugs if it will mess the barrel up.

And as far as the buckshot, what does that do to the meat on a deer?
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:59 AM
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Not sure of the model of Mossberg that you have. If it is a new one most of the guns are "back bored". So It not suggested that you shoot slugs out of them. Not sure if you can shoot buckshot but I would think you could if you changed the choke in it. If you are going to shoot slugs spend abit more money and buy a slug barrel for it.

As for what buckshot does to the meat, just punches afew more holes but they are small. Takes afew more minutes to clean up the deer propertly. But they are very effective out to about 40 yards maybe alittle more.

My mom shoots nothing but buckshot and has had very good luck over the years with it, If using it let the animal come as close as it will before shooting to increase your success rate.

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Old 04-12-2008, 08:24 PM
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mossberg makes a great slug barrel if I was going to slug hunt i'd invest in one they have the scope mount built in. I just sold one this week for an 835 . as for as buckshot your barrel should be fine just change the choke. good hunting
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:16 PM
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If you don't have the cash for a slug barrel and you don't want to pick out buckshot, you can go with rifled slugs. They aren't as accurate as sabots and rifled barrels, but they'll definitely get the job done! The slugs come 5 to a pack. If you can, try different brands to see what patterns best out of your gun.

A modified or improved choke would be fine.
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:50 PM
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I'm asking because I have a box of rifled slugs that I bought a couple of years ago when I was borrowing a buddy's shotgun, but I never got to actually fire any of them. But I don't want to mess up the barrel if they would do any damage to it.
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:37 PM
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Rifled slugs are made for smooth bore shotguns. You won't mess anything up by shooting those.

Now, if you try to shoot a rifled slug out of a rifled barrel, you're asking for trouble. You could do significant damage to the barrel.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:14 PM
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I have had a mosberg mariner for a few years now but I just use 3" slugs in it for bear.

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Old 04-14-2008, 09:32 PM
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I'm not an expert on slug gun hunting by any means but do know guys who shoot them alot and one of them shoots rifled slugs in his gun which has a rifled barrel. I used his gun on a draw hunt a couple of years ago with the remington sluggers and got a 140" ten point at 80 yards. Man those things pack a punch. He still shoots them and hasen't had any problems.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:22 AM
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Hmm...he may be the exception. Typically, if you use rifled slugs in a rifled barrel, the rifling in the barrel gets fouled up and worn down. It's likely that his barrel is showing some wear as a result of his using the rifled slugs.

You sure he's not using sabots? Sabots aren't rifled.
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:17 PM
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no I'm sure there rifled they are remington slugger 1oz rifled slugs. as for any problems I don't know of any but, he is a gunsmith and verry particular with his guns. Like I said i'm no expert.
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