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12 Gauge Shot Shells

The most common shotgun in the world is the 12 gauge. What determines the gauge?

The caliber of a shotgun is measured in terms of gauge (U.S.) or bore (U.K.). The gauge number is determined by the weight, in fractions of a pound, of a solid sphere of lead with a diameter equal to the inside diameter of the barrel (ie. the bore). So, a 10 gauge shotgun nominally should have an inside diameter equal to that of a sphere made from one-tenth of a pound of lead. By far the most common gauges are 12 and 20.  Historically, the shotgun gauge is how many lead balls the diameter of the barrel bore equals 1 US Pound.

The shot or pellets in the shotshell for the most part are made of lead being partially replaced recently by alloys of bismuth, steel, tungsten-iron, tungsten-nickel-iron, tungsten polymer and others.  Non-toxic loads are required by Federal law for waterfowl hunting in the US.  Always check local, STATE and FEDERAL regulations before hunting, especially for waterfowl.

'Shot' is termed birdshot or buckshot depending on the shot size.  The larger the number shot size - the smaller the shot diameter; like drill bits. Birdshot pellets typically have a small diameter and buckshot pellets are typically larger. Pellet size is indicated by a number; for bird shot the shot sizes range from the smallest Number 12 shot to larger Number 2 shot. Modern shells even mix multiple shot sizes.

For Buckshot, the numbers usually start around Number 4 shot and go down to Number 2, 1, 0, 00 ("double aught buck"). A different informal distinction is that "bird shot" pellets are small enough that they can be measured into the shotshell by weight and poured in while loading, whereas "buckshot" pellets are larger. There is various component nomenclature throughout the industry.

Order your shells by: (1) Gauge on the barrel, (2) Ensure Shotshell length is no longer than chamber length found on the barrel and (3) Shotsize (or Slugs) based on anticipated use. Remember the barrel 'Choke' type/diameter when ordering shotshells or slugs. Typically use a 'cylinder' choke (largest ID) - or rifled slug barrel for slugs. Follow the barrel manufacturer's directions especially if using a removable choke system. 

ALWAYS ENSURE THE INFORMATION STAMPED ON THE BARREL MATCHES THE INFORMATION ON THE AMMUNITION BOX PURCHASED. 

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12 Gauge Shot Shells

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Federal H132 00 12GA 2.75 00 BUCK 5 rounds per box

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Estate GTL12N 8 12Ga 2-3/4" 1 oz #8 25 round box

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Sales price: $5.25
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Estate GTL12N 7.5 12Ga 2-3/4" 1 oz #7.5 25 round box

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Sales price: $5.00
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Winchester AA12FL8 12Ga AA 2-3/4" 26 gram #8 (25 rnd)

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Winchester Field Trials Smokeless Blank Ammo 12Ga 2-3/4"

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Sales price: $8.00
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Winchester 12Ga 3" #4 Turkey Load (10 rnd)

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Sales price: $25.54
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Winchester Supreme Elite 12Ga 3" 1-3/8 B Shot (not buck) (10 rnd)

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Sales price: $22.00
Sales price: $22.00

Winchester STXS1234 12Ga 3" 1-1/14 oz #4 Turkey(10 rnd)

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Sales price: $8.00
Sales price: $8.00

Remington 12Ga NITRO 3" 1-7/8 #6 Turkey (10 rnd)

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Sales price: $8.00
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Remington NT12H5 12Ga NITRO 3" 1-7/8 #4 Turkey (10 rnd)

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Sales price: $32.64
Sales price: $32.64

HeviShot Magnum Blend 12Ga 3-1/2" 2-1/4 oz #5-7 Turkey (5 rnd)

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Sales price: $17.00
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Winchester 12Ga 2-3/4" Blanks (25 rnd)

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Sales price: $12.00
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Winchester RA 1200 Ranger 12Ga 2-3/4" 00 Buck (25 rnd)

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