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    Combat Vet But Shotgun Newb Questions

    Evening Gents.

    Ammo shortages being what they are, I recently purchased a lot of Winchester Super X 12 gauge 1oz rifled slugs in 2.75" shells for our home defense Mossberg 500.

    Admittedly, I don't know much about shotguns.

    As a former Army PSD Team leader, the most mileage I ever got out of the team's Remington 870 was to remind Iraqi Locals of the importance of maintaining a 100m following distance on convoys and removing the hinges from doors my breachers didn't kick in on the first try.

    My question is: If the barrel of the Mossy is smooth and I keep the Modified Choke in it, will I be ok stacking No. 8 shot and the aforementioned rifled slugs?

    Sorry if that seems like a dumb question to you fowl hounds.

    I'm still new to the sporting firearms world.

    Thanks.

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    What kind of home environment are you in? Slugs penetrate like crazy, a big 1 oz piece of lead going between 1500 and 1800 fps. You have the opposite problem with the #8 birdshot. Having a choice, I think I'd use the #8 and let them get close. The alternative would be using the slugs and choosing your fields of fire very, very carefully.

    When ammo starts coming back, you might want to get some BB sized shot or #4 shot, minimum. 00 buck is of course the gold standard, but penetration with this can be brutal too so be careful and plan things out before you find yourself in a self defense situation.
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    We're way out in the woods on the FloraBama line. I'm not too worried about over-penetration. Especially with the overpopulation of Blackbears that regularly prowl the property after sundown.

    Any input on the choke?
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    Yes you can shoot slugs through a modified choke, I would use #3 or #4 buck to alternate with. It's a lot better than Birdshot. IMO

    Many of us use a Mossberg in some configuration!

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    Thank you very very much sir.

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    Sir,

    What is the ideal choke / shot size to use to maximize accuracy for rifled slugs to the furthest distance and keep shot patterns tight?

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    Rifled slugs are designed to crush the "rifling" as it goes through the choke. However the less choke the better for slugs. Number 8 shot is better suited for small birds and clay targets. Number 6 shot is fine for rabbit sized animals.
    I suggest you study this chart for the helpful info in it.
    Shot Size Chart / Recommendations

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    I agree that the shotgun will be fine.

    Penetration is always an issue based on where you are.

    On my 27 acre rural property, it is a non issue.

    Youtube has a number of useful tests about this.

    My unit had many shotguns in an infantry company with most not on the books.

    #4 Buck can work (we used it) but lacks the performance of 00 or 000 Buck.

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    #4 buck shot is not #4 bird shot. "buck" as in deer. #4 buck is 24 caliber.
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    Those slugs will put a hurt on whatever is in their path. I'll stick with 00 buck for the home defense purposes.

    I recently went through some boxes and for some reason I have about 50 of those darned rifled slugs -- I was thinking abut creating stacks but probably wouldn't do it.

    These should do the trick

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