Schrifle – 20ga Slug Round for Rifled Barrels

TarHunt is a gun company located in Bloomsburg, PA. They specialize in making rifled slug guns. They also make a very interesting 20 gauge slug load called Schrifle. So basically it is a non-sabot projectile loaded into a 20 gauge plastic hull with the bullet sticking out of the hull (just like rifle cartridges are loaded). Obviously, these rounds are intended to be shot from a rifled 20 gauge barrels.

The name “Schrifle” is made of merging words Shotgun and Rifle … not sure why “Sch” is used, though. As the TarHunt puts it:

No longer just a slug gun, but not quite a rifle, it’s a Schrifle.

The projectile itself is a hollow point lead-free slug called Raptor. The manufacturer has been experimenting with different weights, but right now only 239 grain projectiles are available with a muzzle velocity of 2150 fps. The pack of ten rounds has a price of $45.

Are you still reading after you learned about the price? I should’ve told about it at the very end. So yes, it is expensive. I understand that these are custom stuff, but it costs at least 1.5 times more than normal 20ga sabot slugs.

The company does not recommend using guns with pre-2000 made barrels, which can be less accurate than the newer ones. The reason is that 20ga rifled barrels were not SAAMI standardized before 2000, so there is a chance to run into barrels with different twist rates. After 2000, most 20ga rifled barrels are made according to SAAMI specs, which set the 1 in 24″ twist rate. The Schrifle rounds are designed for that twist rate, thus will better perform in post-2000 barrels. Some older guns also have bigger bores to shoot conventional rifled/Foster slugs, which also won’t work properly with Schrifle rounds. TarHunt also specifies the models of currently available rifled barrel shotguns, which they recommend to use with their ammunition:

Current Guns with proper twist rate are:

The TarHunt 20ga Mountaineer, Current production Rem 11- 87, Rem 870 20ga , Savage 220 bolt action, Ithaca 20ga DeerSlayer II & III, T/C Encore-20ga barrel, Winchester 20ga SX-3, Browning 20ga Silver- Model. All 20ga Hasting replacement barrels are listed as a 1-24 twist? It your not sure about your barrels twist rate, have a gunsmith check the rate of  twist for you.

In the video below you can see how the slug performs in a ballistic gel test.

I think the concept is interesting. It further blends the line between the rifles and shotguns. So, if they manage to offer it cheaper, they can become more popular.


Address: 101 Dogtown Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815-7544
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  • Jeff Heeszel

    Wonder why they went 20 ga and not 12?

    • Giolli Joker

      I thought about you the moment I saw the main photo.
      And of course you were there already.
      Time to to find a 20 ga to test this? 🙂

    • Anonymoose

      Who needs shoulders?

    • iksnilol

      Because 20 gauge is better?

    • derpmaster

      20 ga works great for shotgun season. The guns are lighter and the slugs shoot flatter than a 12 ga.

    • Wild Bill

      A lighter weight weapon. Maybe a small velocity gain from a reduced frontal area. Exactly why they need to send you some for testing.

  • Blake

    The picture says 260gr on the ammo pack; here’s why (from their website):

    “NOTE: The introductory round (a 239gr) was not quite stable at longer distances. The current slug was updated to a 260gr configuration. The 260gr slug weight will be stable when fired thru a 1-23 or 1-24 twist rate at the longer distances. The 1-24 is now the SAMMI standardized twist rate for all 20ga rifled barrels made after the year 2000.”

  • Blake

    Sup dawg. I heard you like rifles, so I put a rifle in your shotgun…


  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    I’m not getting how a chunk of brass .615 in diameter and sticking out of the case by about 3/4 of an inch only weighs 239 grains. That seems awfully light. Even for a hollowpoint.

    • M.M.D.C.

      It could be a composite material like the Ruger polycase stuff.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        It’s got to be. Also their web site that the 239 gr version was unstable and it’s now 260 gr.

    • Vizzini

      It could have a very large cavity in the tail.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        In any case I’m going to find out since I only shoot 20 ga.

  • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

    will they cycle in a semi auto ? is there any Over All case length issue??

    • Jeff

      I was wondering about that myself, for any repeating gun. If that’s a 2-3/4″ case, the OAL looks longer than a fired 3″ shell.

  • Bierstadt54

    I guess this would be good for those states that don’t allow rifles for big game hunting, assuming it outperforms existing (and much cheaper) slugs.

    • Jeff

      Unless a long firearm with a rifled barrel is a rifle.

      • Vizzini

        In Ohio it’s not. Rifled barrels in shotguns are allowed for deer in Ohio and have been for a very long time. Actual rifles only became legal a few years ago and in a limited selection of straight-walled cartridges.

  • Moonman45

    make a 10 gauge version with a barrel for browning bps. 4000 ft lbs… yes please

    • LGonDISQUS

      Two elephants, one slug.

  • Wild Bill

    They are not real until they are tested by Taofledermaus.

    • DanGoodShot

      It would be a smart move for them to send him a box.

  • gunsandrockets

    That’s great!

    It made me immediately wonder if something ballistically comparable was available in .45-70…


  • Raven

    I’m guessing the “Schrifle” name is probably derived from the German for shotgun,
    schrotflinte. Pennsylvania has some fairly heavy German heritage, doesn’t it?

  • Rimfire

    I wonder about bullet set back in the tubular magazines? Or maybe I am not seeing something to prevent this,IDK?

    • Vizzini

      In Ohio during deer season, you’re only allowed to have three rounds in the shotgun, including the round in the chamber, so the spring pressure on the two rounds in the magazine will be fairly low. Probably not ideal to leave them in the magazine for months as a time, though, just like Hornady doesn’t recommend leaving LEVERevolution rounds chambered for long periods (the soft tips deform).

  • lol

    and somehow still less energy than even the most slow pedantic .308 win cartridge.

    rifles are rifles, shotguns are shotguns.

    • Vizzini

      There are states — mostly states with fairly high population density and lots of flatlands, like my state, Ohio — that do not allow .308 or any other necked cartridge for deer hunting. Rifled shotguns are among the most popular choices for deer in my state.

      Also, I don’t think “pedantic” means what you think it means.

  • Well, that’s awesome. I certainly hope they sell enough of these cool things to early adopters to get the price down eventually.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Because everyone has a rifled 20 gauge.

    • Vizzini

      And your point is? Not “everyone” has any caliber/gauge. 20 gauge is the second most popular shotgun chambering. You can walk into virtually any gun store in the country and find a wide selection of guns and ammo in that gauge. All the popular pumps with interchangeable barrels, such as the 870 20 gauge, have rifled barrels available.

  • DanGoodShot

    No 12g love?

  • Tom Currie

    I’m sure it must be good for something — but I admit that other than requiring a new spot on someone’s cartridge board display I really can’t think what that something might be.

    • Vizzini

      Deer hunting in states that restrict rifle calibers for deer season and allow rifled shotguns with slugs (Ohio, don’t know what others).

      • Stephen Paraski

        Michigan below I-69.

  • akim h lettner

    2100+fps will putt a bear on its but fast & roll a 500 lbs hog too so if they sell the slugs for reloading no prob. but $45 a box ?!?! i have to go with 45-70 or the like

  • OldGringo

    My Marlin Guide gun shoots a 300 grain bullet about 1,900 fps, and is good for buffalos and bears, so this one should work well on deer it’s target audience. I have killed over 100 big game animals but only 2 with a shotgun, so I don’t have much experience. However, I can say the Hornady brand sabots are great, one shot and a 12 point in the freezer, from public land last year. The Hornadys will put all rounds touching at 100 yards from a rest, and accuracy is the biggest issue with slugs, most are really lousy, so that will be the real test. Cool idea. I actually load 410 shotgun for a Marlin 1895 lever gun and often use brass cases. Think I will load up some 41 call bullets and call them schplinkers, for plinking. lol

  • Colonel K

    How about calling it the awful shofle?