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Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by pistol77, Oct 26, 2012.
And a 20 calld a 20?
It takes 20 round lead balls to make a pound so it is a 20 gauge. On a 12 gauge it takes 12 round lead balls to make a pound. Original term was bore, not gauge.
Correct. So the balls in a 12 gauge are bigger than a twenty and so forth. The .410 is the exception because, (from what I've read) obviously the bore is. 410 inches although it does not earn a gauge name because it cannot support a pound of lead flying down it's barrel. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
.410 is 68 or 69 gauge I think.........
Probably but I doubt you'll ever find a factory load with that many pellets. Except maybe bird shot which isn't how you measure gauge.
The concept was NOT to put a pound of lead into a shotgun at one time (EGAD! Imagine the recoil!)
As stated, a round sold lead ball that fitted the bore of a 12 weighed 1/12th of a pound. of a 16, 1/16th, of the 20 g, 1/20th of a lb. etc ad infinitum EXCEPT the .410 and the 9mm shotgun. The .410 began life based on the .44 rifle cartridge, then the 44 Extra Long, and thus never earned a gauge designation. And the gent up there is correct- .410 would be between 68 and 69 gauge. The 9mm rimfire was of Euro origin, and simply began as 9mm.
MOST shotgun gauges are in even numbers- 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, etc. The one exception that I am aware of was a VERY rare 15 g. made for a very brief period.
[sure would like to see a bear try to swallow a loaded 4 guage]
The pale green/tan shotshell at lower right is an Eley 4 gauge. For scale, that is a .50 cal BMG round next to it. 12 g is about 6 shells to the left.
Here is a good comparison..................
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I really wanna shoot that 4 gauge now
My shoulder can't handle a twelve. And not much with a 20.
But dammit, I too, will also try a 4.
Yup, up a bear's bottom.
That's a Cajun heart shot for a bear !!!
I want a 1/2 guage!
Ow! That's huge!
If I remember correctly 12 gauge is 75 caliber.
It is called a 12 gauge because 'Bob' was taken.