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also smooth bore  (smo͞oth′bôr′)
Having no rifling within the barrel. Used of a firearm.
A firearm having no rifling.


1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (modifier) (of a firearm) having an unrifled bore: a smoothbore musket.
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) such a firearm
ˈsmoothˌbored adj


(ˈsmuðˌbɔr, -ˌboʊr)

1. (of a firearm) having a smooth bore; not rifled.
2. a smoothbore gun.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smoothbore - a firearm that has no rifling
firearm, small-arm, piece - a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
Adj.1.smoothbore - of a firearmsmoothbore - of a firearm; not having rifling or internal spiral grooves inside the barrel
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The 1851s were used by VMI cadets from time of issue through the Civil War period, though these smoothbores were also supplemented by a quantity of Austrian Lorenz rifles, 200 of which saw service at New Market.
Designed for the choked smoothbores of the era, this slug slightly expanded the shotgun's effective range in the deer woods.
Among a regiment's three companies of Voltigeurs were 27 rifles and 265 smoothbores.
All guns at that time were smoothbores, so not a lot of thought was paid to whether they shot a single projectile or many projectiles.
We love hunting speeding birds with smallgauge smoothbores, and the Elos B (available in 28- and 20-gauge) has become one of our favorite field guns.
Although the rifle had a theoretical killing range of 500 yards, mitigating circumstances limited its effectiveness to about 100 yards, which was essentially the range of smoothbores.
My smoothbores say the most accurate Foster-style slug load available is the Tru-Ball from Federal.
Smoothbores were only accepted by the volunteers in the early stages because of shortages of supply.
As smoothbores, they were not very accurate beyond 50 yards or so and were cumbersome to carry on foot.
company offers good quality Spanish and Italian double guns, including the respected Franchi line of smoothbores.
We'll be using rifled barreled scoped guns as well as iron-sighted smoothbores.
When, and by whom it was discovered that bullets fired in such guns for some reason went farther and were more accurate than ones shot from smoothbores is not known.