Shotgun Gauges – Everything You Need To Know
While many hunters know a little bit about shotgun gauges, I think that most people would likely agree the subject can be really confusing. That’s perfectly understandable because the way shotgun gauges are classified is counterintuitive at first glance. It’s also based on an old, outdated measuring system that has gradually evolved over the years.
For that reason, I’m going to discuss the ins and outs of shotgun gauges in detail in this episode. I’ll go over the history of shotshells, how they got their naming convention, compare and contrast some of the more popular shotgun gauges (the 12 gauge vs 20 gauge in particular), and provide some recommendations on the best uses for each.
Feel free to send me a message with any feedback you have on the show as well as topic requests for future episodes.
What We Covered
1) History of shotgun gauges and their naming convention
2) What all the markings on a box of shotgun shells mean: shell length, shot weight, shot size, shot composition, and dram equivalents
3) Detailed recommendations on which shotgun bore size is best for hunting various species
4) Why 20 gauge shotgun shells are yellow
1) Shotgun Gauges Explained: 10 vs 12 vs 16 vs 20 vs 28 vs 410 – Blog article referenced in podcast
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