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do i need a rifled slug barrel?

I am in the market for a slug barrel for my 870. I don't want to shell out 220 for a barrel for a 150 dollar gun. I see used slug barrels for around 140 that are rifled and I see used smooth bore barrels with fixed improved cylinder choking for around 60 bucks. Both have rile sights. I'm just wondering how much accuracy I am going to be losing when the ranges start getting out to around 75-125 yards which could comprise half of my shooting. I found a bunch of slugs today that say that they work in smooth and rifled barrels.

An 18 inch deer barrel could still be used as a self defense barrel assuming that it had an improved cylinder fixed choke in it. Correct?
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Re: do i need a rifled slug barrel?

If you plan on shooting over 50 yards or so, go with a rifled barrel and shoot sabots. JMO

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Re: do i need a rifled slug barrel?

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If you plan on shooting over 50 yards or so, go with a rifled barrel and shoot sabots. JMO
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Re: do i need a rifled slug barrel?

I agree with the other two guys. There really is no comparison between a smoothbore and rifled barreled slug guns in terms of performance. You'll be asking a lot out of a smoothbore to shoot well out to 100+ yards, whereas you can expect a rifled barreled gun to shoot well to 150+ with decent optics and the right ammo.
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Re: do i need a rifled slug barrel?

my next question is whether I should get rifle sights or just get a cantilever barrel. I plan on using it in real brushy areas where a scope might get tangled.

think going through mountain laurel when driving bears. Don't get me wrong I would want to be able to take a shot in open woods at a deer every now and again.
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Re: do i need a rifled slug barrel?

Get a cantilever mount for a scope.

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Re: do i need a rifled slug barrel?

I would recommend a rifled barrel, but don't assume you will get good groups to 100 yds. or plus with a pump gun, Test it on the range first. You will also need to know your bullet drop to place accurate shots at the longer slug gun ranges.

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Re: do i need a rifled slug barrel?

I'm like you shelling out big cash for a barrel, so I bought a smooth barrel and it is accurate out to 100 yds, never shot any farther, that's far enough to take a shot with any 870..I prefer Brenneke slugs.....
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I would recommend a rifled barrel, but don't assume you will get good groups to 100 yds. or plus with a pump gun, Test it on the range first. You will also need to know your bullet drop to place accurate shots at the longer slug gun ranges.
There is no reason not to expect that any rifled barreled slug gun with decent optics will perform well out to 100 yards, pump or not. Finding the ammo that shoots the best out of the gun is the biggest challenge.

79, I have a cantilever barrel on mine, but I also do more stand hunting than anything so that works best for me. Whether you decide to go with rifle sights or a scope, you will have to decide if it is more important to get on your target quickly while driving or if it is more important to effectively shoot longer ranges. If you do go with the scope, I would advise that you steer clear of the el cheapo scopes as the recoil from the gun can really take a toll on it.
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I'm like you shelling out big cash for a barrel, so I bought a smooth barrel and it is accurate out to 100 yds, never shot any farther, that's far enough to take a shot with any 870..I prefer Brenneke slugs.....
What kind of spread did you get in your 100 yds. groups?

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