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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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Category: Firearms

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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Category: Firearms

Centerfire ammunition for shotguns

Centerfire ammunition for shotguns

Because the primer is inserted in the center of the casing base, shotgun shells are considered centerfire shotshells. These shotshells have the following parts:

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Category: Firearms

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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Category: Firearms

Match the data stamp for correct caliber

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

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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Category: Firearms

Centerfire and rimfire cartridges for rifles and handguns

Centerfire and rimfire cartridges for rifles and handguns

There are two types of cartridges: centerfire and rimfire. Their main difference is in the location of the primer. A rimfire cartridge’s primer is inside the rim of its casing base; a centerfire cartridge’s primer is inserted inside its casing base. These cartridges...

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Category: Firearms

Handgun actions

Handgun actions

Just like shotguns and rifles, handguns are known by their action types. There are four different actions for handguns. Here’s a look at each kind of action in detail to help you decide which type from break-action to semi-automatic suits your needs best.

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Tagged as: HUNT101, handgun actions, pistols

Category: Firearms

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