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    Default shooting buck shot question

    Is a smooth barrel best for shooting buck shot or is a choke recommended?

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    Smooth bore is fine but if you have a barrel threaded for a choke you should have a choke installed.
    What are you looking to do? Are you buying your first shot gun?

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    I have a shotgun that I don't use for hunting anymore and it has a rifles barrel. I want to get a new, shorter barrel to use for buckshot. Wanted to know what type of barrel to get.

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    Get a smooth barrel with or without threads for a choke if you can. It will just make them fly out of the barrel better and more consistent patterning. Riffling helps one projectile spin for more accuracy. Rink putting a good spiral on a football. I’d imagine the riffling might catch one or two buck shot pellets and get them “bouncing” around and collide with other pellets. This might make the pattern less predictable. The wading in the shotgun shell has a lot to do with this as well. Buying more premium shells will help but most buckshot doesn’t have a wad so a smooth bore is helpful. I’d prefer one threaded to change the choke and here is a good article on that.

    Which Choke for Buckshot? - Practical-Shotgun.com

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    Shooting buckshot thru a rifled barrel can make the projectile mass rotate, spreading out to create a 'donut pattern'. Projectiles pattern in a circle with few, if any, hits in the center.
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    Exactly, took a SD shotgun class and one guy had a rifled barrel and just shot donuts and the gun was useless. He had to borrow another.

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    That explains a lot for me, thanks!

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