12-Gauge Shotgun Shells

 

When dealing with rifle and handgun ammunition, many people are familiar with the term caliber, which refers to a measure of the internal diameter of the barrel. Shotguns, however, use terms that are not only more confusing, but a bit harder to explain as well. With shotguns, shells are most often measured in “gauge.” Gauge refers to the weight of a pure lead ball that is the same size as the internal diameter of the barrel of the shotgun. It is measured in fractions of one pound. Therefore, a 12-gauge shotgun means that a pure lead ball weighing 1/12 of one pound is the same size as the internal diameter of the barrel. Similarly, a 20-gauge shotgun will house a pure lead ball weighing 1/20 of a pound, and so on.

 

The 12-gauge shotgun is generally accepted as the most popular gauge of shotgun and is suitable for many different things, including sport shooting, hunting, law enforcement, military use, personal protection and home defense. Larger gauges exist but they are generally too powerful to fire from the shoulder. As always, Keepshooting.com is here to provide you with all of the ammunition you need. Our growing shotgun ammunition section is already home to some of the best shotgun shells available.

 

Currently, we carry a few different options for non-lethal force. Consider purchasing a few 12-gauge ballistic bean bag rounds. Each shell contains a 12-gauge, tri-tail stabilized 40g ballistic bean bag capable of non-lethal, crippling impact. We also carry both 12-gauge rubber bullets and 12-gauge rubber buckshot – each available in 5-round boxes. Sure, our 12-gauge section may be relatively limited at this moment, but check back frequently because we fully expect to fill it out quite nicely very soon.

 
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