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I was wondering which choke tube to use for slugs in my 870, improved cylinder or cylinder choke?
 
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Improved will work fine


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I have both. I haven't used choke tubes for slugs before so I was just wondering.
 
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As said, either will work.
Even a full choke will work although not recommended.
Reason is that ammo manufacturing can’t risk slugs rupturing a barrel so they use very soft lead that will pass through modern steel barrels.
Don’t use slugs in grandpas old Parker or Win model 12.
 

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I’ve shot slugs through fixed modified choked barrels in single shots. In fact my first slug deer was shot through a Rossi single shot 12g with fixed modified choke.
 

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I've "accidentally" shot a rifled slug through a modified before, no worse for wear. Although, when I slug hunted in my younger years I used improved cylinder mostly. I have a 18.5" cylinder bore barrel on my "slug gun" that I barely use anymore and it groups 3" at 100 yards with just a plain bead sight with Remington "High Velocity" Slugger rifled slugs. This is a Rem 870.
 

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I hope to get one with a slug this year. Will be using an old single shot but it seems like a fun idea. Also thinking about the blackhawk
I had to add an after market recoil Sims pad. Damn thing dislocated my shoulder with the plastic pad that came with it. Felt like a KO punch from Tyson. Smooth and sweet now with the Sims pad.
 

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I had to add an after market recoil Sims pad. Damn thing dislocated my shoulder with the plastic pad that came with it. Felt like a KO punch from Tyson. Smooth and sweet now with the Sims pad.
Ha so maybe the Blackhawk then! I’ve fired a slug from it before, it’s only 20g and the recoil was manageable. I wouldn’t want to do it all day but I think one shot at 20yds will be alright 40yds max. Brings up another question, would the 20g do the trick?
 

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Ha so maybe the Blackhawk then! I’ve fired a slug from it before, it’s only 20g and the recoil was manageable. I wouldn’t want to do it all day but I think one shot at 20yds will be alright 40yds max. Brings up another question, would the 20g do the trick?
A 20g will kill a deer just as dead as a 12g. Shot placement and distance taken into account.
 

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Ha so maybe the Blackhawk then! I’ve fired a slug from it before, it’s only 20g and the recoil was manageable. I wouldn’t want to do it all day but I think one shot at 20yds will be alright 40yds max. Brings up another question, would the 20g do the trick?
Arkansas used to allow the .410 slug for many years but since disallowed it.
The 20 ga will work nicely
 

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Arkansas used to allow the .410 slug for many years but since disallowed it.
The 20 ga will work nicely
Back in the 80’s, I bought a bunch of 410 slugs, and I never lost a deer I shot at. I’ve still got the old single shot 410 I used. I’m pretty sure TX never had a restriction on them, but back in those days, I didn’t know any better. 🤷‍♂️
 

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I had Model 11 20 ga with a modified barrel that I used to use for 🦌 in Missouri. It had no problems with slugs. I shot a couple of deer with it and they dropped where they stood.
I had single shot. 410 that I used slugs to hunt coyotes. I didn't take a shot over 30 yards with it. It did the job very well on those four legged pest.
 

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I hope to get one with a slug this year. Will be using an old single shot but it seems like a fun idea. Also thinking about the blackhawk
The very first "rifle" deer I ever killed was with a 16ga slug. That was with my grandpa's Stevens 16ga pump with a 26" fixed choke, improved cylinder barrel with a bead sight. I bought the slugs from a pawn shop, they were custom loads in paper shells if I remember correctly. I shot a doe that had buttons at 96 yards, shooting free handed from on top of a hill down to the bottom. I held over her vitals and hit her at the base of the neck right in the spine. It dropped her in her tracks, she was paralyzed but not dead. I cut her throat bc I didn't want to shoot her again at point blank with a slug. That was way back in high school. I'll remember that forever.
 

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The very first "rifle" deer I ever killed was with a 16ga slug. That was with my grandpa's Stevens 16ga pump with a 26" fixed choke, improved cylinder barrel with a bead sight. I bought the slugs from a pawn shop, they were custom loads in paper shells if I remember correctly. I shot a doe that had buttons at 96 yards, shooting free handed from on top of a hill down to the bottom. I held over her vitals and hit her at the base of the neck right in the spine. It dropped her in her tracks, she was paralyzed but not dead. I cut her throat bc I didn't want to shoot her again at point blank with a slug. That was way back in high school. I'll remember that forever.
Shoot yeah that’s what it’s all about making memories. Think a mod choke will be alright?
 

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Shoot yeah that’s what it’s all about making memories. Think a mod choke will be alright?
I wouldn't go with anything tighter than a modified with a fixed barrel and IC or Cylinder choke with a choke tube. I tested my new IC and Cylinder choke tubes and I'm going to used the Cylinder tube it gave me best results with my 3in slugs.
 
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