8 gauge

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by hurricaine5, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. hurricaine5

    hurricaine5 New Member

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    Has anyone ever shot one? An do they make a 6 gauge?
     
  2. zimm

    zimm New Member

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    8- and 4-bore rifles were the dangerous game weapons of choice in the early days of African exploration, before the development of smokeless powder. I've never heard of a 6-bore.
     

  3. CourtJester

    CourtJester Well-Known Member

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    Damn that would kick hard
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes, I have shot an 8 bore shotgun. Bit of an anticlimax. Oh, it is definitely not a .410, but kicked less than a modern 10 g goose gun. BIG, heavy gun, and 8s were black powder shells.

    Yes, there were 6 bore shotguns, but they were muzzle loaders. There WAS a 4 bore catridge shotgun- I have an Eley 4 g shell in my collection. WHY they made a 4 g is the real question......

    PS- 10 g is the legal max for hunting in the US.
     
  5. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    My links dont work.:(
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    before modern husbandry techniques fowl for market were harvested by people going out with guns and shooting wild game for retail sale. the bigger the bore the more pellets could be fired in order to harvest huge portions of a flock in one blast. it got to the point of mounting what was called "punt" guns on flat bottom marsh boats to harvest entire flocks of duck at once.

    the 4 bore was just an intermidiary step to this:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7FeeamC4qk[/ame]

    theodore roosevelt put an end to most wild game harvest techniques for conservation reasons.
     
  7. gimpster

    gimpster New Member

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    My grand dad had a couple 8 gauges hanging on the wall when I was a kid,wonder where they went.Gonna see if dad has any pics of them and I'll post them.
     
  8. triggerman770

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    6bore

    they have made them to 2 bore. can't find my links but had a vid of a brave or stupid guy shooting one...