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Old 09-04-2013, 02:14 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any idea if there are any 4 and/or 8 gauge shotgun shells/hulls for sale. I would like to have one of each to display. Any information would be much appreciated and thank you in advance.

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Old 09-04-2013, 03:20 AM   #2
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I didn't even know they existed. 10 is the biggest I've ever seen or heard of. Hopefully someone has the 411 on this, I'd really like to know.

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I've seen them at gun shows and cartridge shows. I have some loaded 8 gauge rounds.

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I have some vintage 8 gauge winchester leader grade paper shells from my great grandpas parker 0 grade 8 gauge, made in 1884. Ill have to take more pictures because they were destroyed when my phone went through the washer.

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Does anyone make new manufacture 8 gauge shotguns and/or shells? Was there an advantage over 10 or 12 gauge?

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Does anyone make new manufacture 8 gauge shotguns and/or shells? Was there an advantage over 10 or 12 gauge?
A bigger bruise maybe?
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Keep checking gunbroker and auctionarms. They come up now and again- but pricey. Shipping is also steep.

There is a modern smokeless plastic cased shell CALLED an 8, but it will be headstamped INDUSTRIAL- flat fronted lead slug, used to tap steel furnaces by shooting out a clay plug in the furnace. Some folks claim they are for blasting out slag.

The HUNTING shot shells were all black powder loads (one ultra exotic exception in modern Euro weaponry). Since Federal game laws cut off at 10 g, do not know of anyone loading 8s or 4s. AND it can be very easy to wander across the line into the category of Destructive Devices if you cannot show a sporting use for a firearm.

I have a couple of 8s, and a single 4 g (not for sale) in collection.

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The last 3 shells on lower right are 2 8s and a 4. For scale, the shells above them are 12s. Yes, that is a .50 BMG to the right of the 4 g.

BTW, do not think a 6 g shell was ever marketed. There were 6 g shotguns, but they were muzzle loader Punt guns.

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I would venture to say an 8 gauge would be a punt gun. It would take two men to handle it. I used to own a 10 ga BPS. With magnum loads you didn't shoot it very often. Even the 10 ga is BPS very rare. I actually got more for that gun than I paid for it new. I only had it for 5 years.

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I have a couple of 8s, and a single 4 g (not for sale) in collection.

The last 3 shells on lower right are 2 8s and a 4. For scale, the shells above them are 12s. Yes, that is a .50 BMG to the right of the 4 g.
That 4ga blows my mind. It's huge. Thanks for sharing. That thing would rip my arm off.
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W.H. Davenport Arms Company manufactured an eight gauge, single barrel Goose Gun in the period 1891-1901.

Hopkins and Allen Arms Company marketed this gun from 1901 to 1909 after purchasing W.H. Davenport Arms Company in 1901.

Crescent Fire Arms Company purchased W.H. Davenport Arms Company from Hopkins and Allen in 1909 and discontinued the eight gauge gun.

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