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Slug types and distances

Slug types and distances

Rifled shotgun barrels and chokes are becoming increasingly popular since they increase the accuracy of shotgun slugs. This style does an excellent job in harvesting game at reasonable ranges. Another key factor for accuracy is the type of slug used.

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Understanding gauges

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

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

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

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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