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Understanding gauges

Shotguns are generally measured by gauge rather than caliber, differing from handguns and rifles. The gauge is determined by how many lead balls sized to the exact diameter of the bore it takes to make one pound. For example, one pound takes 16 lead balls the same diameter...

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Magazine plugs

A magazine plug, usually made of plastic or wood, is inserted in the tubular magazine and limits the number of shells a shotgun may hold. U.S. federal law requires that a shotgun be limited to a capacity of three (3) shells in total (one in the chamber and two in the...

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How a shotgun shell is fired

A shotgun used for shotshells features a smoothbore barrel; there is no rifling inside. Instead, when a shotshell is fired, all of the tiny round pellets travel down this smooth bore towards the target. The roundness or degree of sphericity of each pellet determines how the...

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The distance bullets travel

No matter where you’re shooting, remember that bullets travel far! Whether in the field or at a shooting range, always make sure of your target and what’s beyond it. If you miss your target, the bullet can travel a great distance before it hits something or runs out of...

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Match the data stamp for correct caliber

All firearm manufacturers use a data stamp on their rifles and ammunition. For rifles the data stamp is often located on the left or right side of the barrel. The caliber is also stamped on the cartridge base. The cartridge box also indicates the caliber of the ammunition.

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How a centerfire cartridge is fired

Rifle bores have grooves and lands that spiral down the entire length of the barrel. These are what gives the bullet or projectile a spin. The spin stabilizes the bullet as it travels down the barrel, much like the way that a football spirals when thrown by a quarterback....

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