Congrats on the purchase. It should last you a long time.
To help you with the ammo, shells are sold with the gauge listed first, length of shell next (2 3/4, 3, etc.), weight load of shot (1oz, 1 1/8, 1 1/4, etc.) shot size, and dram equivalent. Game loads are usually 3 1/4 dram eq. Higher numbers in shot mean smaller actual size of the pellet.
I know guys who will shoot clay with as small as 9 shot to get more pellets into the pattern. I only shoot for fun and use whatever I have around usually no. 8. Sometimes high brass pheasant loads if we are playing knockout and a long shot might be needed.
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Last edited by fireguy; 06-19-2011 at 05:37 PM.