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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Bolt action shotgun

I have an old JC Higgins 12 ga. shotgun with a 28 inch full choke barrel,I am looking to shoot winchester rifled slugs out of this gun.Any suggestions or opinions would be appreciated.
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Re: Bolt action shotgun

Generally that is a big no no. In fact I'n going to guess no one is going to tell you that you shoot a slug out of a full choke.

If an inline is just like a flintlock why don't you get a flintlock so you can hunt more seasons?
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Re: Bolt action shotgun

Could I cut an inch or so off the barrel,Where does the necking down of the choke occur on the barrel?
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Re: Bolt action shotgun

You can shoot lead foster style slugs out of a full choke smooth bore without damaging the gun or yourself. They tend to be more inherently accurate fired out of more open chokes but that's not always the case. Most older bolt action shotguns had a bead front sight and either a raised notch rear sight or groove. Neither are great for shooting a slug accurately.
Most older bolts don't have thick enough metal to drill ant tap them for rifle sights.

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Re: Bolt action shotgun

thanks for the info pappybear, jeff
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Re: Bolt action shotgun

Jeff, The choke taper on most smooth bores occurs 3" before the muzzle.
If your planning to use the shotgun for deer hunting you would probably be better off buying one that was made for shooting slugs even if it was a smooth bore with rifle sights.

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I have come to that conclusion too,I really appreciate yours and goalscorer's responses. HPA has so many members willing to help others it is truly an awesome place,thanks again, jeff
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Re: Bolt action shotgun

careful with that shotgun. depending on the model number there was a recall.

the problem was that the bolt would come loose and slam the shooter in the face when it was fired.

hate for that to happen, especially with a slug.

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I have come to that conclusion too,I really appreciate yours and goalscorer's responses. HPA has so many members willing to help others it is truly an awesome place,thanks again, jeff
Yes, there are a lot of good sportsmen here that are willing to help out.

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Yes, there are a lot of good sportsmen here that are willing to help out.
If you still bird hunt, small game, or shoot shotshells from the gun, I'd say not to shoot slugs from a full choke. What I read says not necessarily damage to the gun but accuracy suffers.

I was given a Mossberg 185 20 ga as a boy in the 60's. I hunted small game and shot at a deer with it. I soon graduated to an 870, and then a 94 Winchester, so the little Mossberg sat in the closet. Years of disuse, then it went through a house fire in the 70's, and it was looking grim. I cleaned the gun after the fire as best I could, Gunslicked the bolt and trigger, and it sat another 25 years. One day I decided to put it back in commission (I hunt a barrier island that does not allow centerfire rifles) as a dedicated slug gun.

I started reading about chokes, and all articles talked about a 3-inch +/- forcing cone. I measured 3-1/2" from the muzzle, strapped it in the bandsaw & cut it, then lightly dressed the crown with an automotive valve-grinding stone in a hand drill (slow!).

I then took a set of fiber-optic sights for an inline muzzleloader and JB-welded them to the muzzle and the breech. The last task was to make a cheekpiece so I could actually see both sights. It's ugly but it's mine.

A can of flat black, brown, and green camo'ed it perfectly and it was ready to hunt. With the choke gone and the green & yellow Remington rifled slugs, it is a 60-70 yard gun. (If your eyes are still good enough to use open sights!) I'm 61 so the deer has to be close. I mostly use a scoped H&R 20 but once in a while will break this one out.

The best part about hunting with it? We get LOTS of PA/NJ guys down here hunting the beach. Most of them are at least average or better in the way of income, and tote some heavy-duty ($$$) firepower. Wait till they see an old white-haired swamp rat carrying a yard-sale derelict by the barrel over his shoulder. They're polite but are still funny to hear the questions and comments.

Anyhow, a couple of afternoons, some JB weld, a pair of hi-viz muzzleloader sights, and presto! If you have a young teen or lady that can't carry a 8-1/2 or 9 lb slug gun, give them this. With the green&yellow Rems the recoil isn't terrible and they will learn woodsmanship. (Get the deer in close.)
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