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Firing lead shot through a slug barrel will not damage the barrel. The rifling will distort the shot pattern and you will get less than desireable results.

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Q: Will firing lead shot through a rifled slug barrel cause damage to the slug barrel and if so how?
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Can you use steel shot in a lead barrel?

Assuming you mean a barrel that is for lead pellets, if the barrel is not rifled, steel shot will not damage the smooth barrel. If it is rifled however, steel shot will in fact damage the rifling.

Can rifled slugs be fired through rifled barrel?

Not safely

Will firing Bri Sabot Slugs through a rifled slug barrel damage it?

Sabot slugs are made for rifled barrels. Using regular slugs and rifled slugs over time will deposit lead in the rifling grooves inside the barrel gradually hurting your accuracy. Using the sabot slugs greatly improves accuracy making it possible to shoot accurately at 100 yards. It makes your shotgun into a rifle in a way. Hope this helps.

Will it harm a rifled barrel to fire buckshot through it?

I have no personal experience with this. What follows is information from a reputable local gun dealer. Rifled barrels are designed primarily for use with sabot slugs. Buckshot will not harm a rifled barrel because in the barrel, the plastic wadding holding the shot together will be the only portion of the projectile(s) in contact with the barrel. Firing rifled lead slugs will lead to difficult (nearly impossible) to clean out accumulations of lead in the barrel & negate the rifling because the rifling of the slug & the rifling of the barrel will not match up.

Can you fire slugs through a shot barrel?

Yes. Rifled slugs are intended to be fired through a smoothbore barrel. Sabot slugs are intended to be fired through rifled barrels.

Will using a rifled choke in a smooth bore barrel with rifled slugs cause any damage?

Needs to be checked out by a good gunsmith

Can you shoot a sabot slug through a rifled barrel?


Can you shoot a smooth bore slug through a rifled barrel?

Shooting rifled slugs is the ONLY way to shoot thru a smoothbore for deer. If you shoot sabot slugs thru a smoothbore, it will not spin and therefore not be accurate. For accuracy, the slug must spin out of the barrel. Either shoot a rifled slug thru a smooth barrel, or shoot a saboted slug thru a rifled barrel.

Can a slug cartridge be fired through a rifeled barrel?

yes a rifled shotgun barrel or smooth shotgun barrel

Do you have to shoot sabot slugs through a rifled slug barrel?

In general, rifled slugs are intended to go through a smooth bore. The twist rates of a rifled slug against a rifled barrel may not agree. If you were trying to get the best out of your rifled barrel I would think that going to a saboted slug would give better performance.

Can rifled slugs be shot through a smooth bore barrel?


Can you shoot buckshot through a rifled barrel on a shotgun?

You can, but, it will not be a good thing.