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Old 08-24-2011, 06:22 PM
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I was fishing the other day on the state land that i also hunt on. I came across some bear tracks. I didn't think we had many bear in the area that i live in, but it's got me interested in bear hunting or at least having something to take down a bear if need be. I hunt with a 20 ga model 870. While i don't have a slug barrel i understand that i could shoot rifled slugs through my smoothbore. I was wondering what the bear hunters on this forum thought. Will rifled slugs be ok to shoot? I know remington, winchester, and federal all make rifled slugs in 20 ga, but which one would be the best to shoot?
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:20 PM
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People used to hunt bears with ball & patch muzzleloaders years ago, so I'm sure a 20 guage slug could kill a bear. Certainly less than ideal though.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:28 AM
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what, 20 gauge equals .62 caliber, i hear of guys on the traditional muzzleloading forum killing critters bigger than that with a .62 cal lead round ball out of their smoothbore muzzleloaders and you are talking about using slugs which are have much better penetration than a round ball. You will have plenty of gun for bear, hell i was planning on using my .54 cal lyman great plains rifle with patched round ball for bear in a couple of years. Use the 20 gauge with confidence!!!!!
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:04 PM
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Any RIFLED slug that shoots well out of your gun would work. Don't waste your time with a sabot slug since you have a smooth bore, they won't have any accuracy. Sabot slugs are made for rifled barrels.
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