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.


    E-mail:     [email protected]
    Address: 101 Dogtown Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815-7544
    Phone:    (570) 784-6368

    Hrachya H

    Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience. Hrachya also writes for
    Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at [email protected]