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Rifles and Shotguns: What's the Difference?

There are four basic differences between rifles and shotguns.

Grooved Bore
Single Projectile
Long Range
Front & Rear Sights
Smooth Bore
Multiple Projectiles
Short Range
Front Sight Only

These differences determine the specific uses of each of these firearms. Rifles are designed for accuracy to hit a precise point. Shotguns are designed to shoot a spread of shot at moving targets.

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