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About 12 Gauge shortgun  Ammo

Developed in the late 1800s, the 12G Shotgun is the most popular of all shotgun gauges and is commonly used by hunters, military/law enforcement, and firearm enthusiasts alike worldwide.

Common Names for 12 Gauge Ammunition

Since its initial production, 12 Gauge Ammo has had many different name variations. Some of the most common include:

• 12GA Ammo • 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells • 12GA Shot

Regardless of your preferred terminology, 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells have maintained high popularity over the years and are available from nearly every major American ammo manufacture.

Components of a Shotgun Shell

A shotgun shell is a self-contained cartridge filled with metallic ‘shots’ – small spherical projectiles contained in a plastic or paper tube called a hull.

Located beneath the shot is the wad or wadding. Usually constructed from paper or plastic, the wadding creates a barrier between the shot and the powder. 

Although original 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells used black powder, today’s 12 Gauge Ammo utilizes smokeless powder.

12 Gauge Ammo FAQ

Shotgun shells are measured in gauge, representing the total number of bore-size lead balls it takes to make one pound.

12 gauge shotgun shells have a bore of .73 inches containing 12 lead balls, each with a diameter of .73 inches, to make a pound of lead.

The number of pellets inside a 12 gauge shotgun shell depends on the type and size of the shot within the shell itself. There are six pellets in a 1oz 000 12 gauge shell and 585 pellets in a 1oz #9 12 gauge shell.

The heavier the cartridge, the more pellets the shooter can expect. The largest shotgun shell is a 000 shot (pronounced triple aught) and measures .36 inches in diameter. The smallest is a #9 shot with a diameter of .08 inches.

The best 12 gauge ammo for shotgun skeet, trap, and target shooting depends on the type of shotgun and the shooter’s preference. 12 gauge shotguns push out a lot of power, and many owners opt for a load that offers reduced recoil.

Skeet shooters use a variety of shot sizes ranging from #8, #8.5, or #9, which are known for their short, high-density patterns.

Trap shooters prefer shot sizes ranging from #7.5 or #8. Consider options like Winchester, Remington, or Federal loads.

When selecting 12 gauge ammo for home defense, owners need to consider factors such as penetrating power and overpenetration.

Although 12 gauge buckshot and birdshot ammo can cause significant damage to an intruder during a home invasion, many manufacturers produce specialty rounds designed exclusively for home defense.

Examples of home defense 12 gauge shotgun shells include:

  • Federal Personal Defense
  • Hornady Critical Defense
  • Winchester Defender

12 gauge ammo is available in various configurations and can differ in size or amount of pellets. Standard options available in 12 gauge buckshot include 000, 00, 0, #1, #2, and #3.

12 gauge birdshot include: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #7.5, #8, #8.5, #9, and slugs. 12 gauge shotgun shells also come in different lengths (primarily 2.75 through 3.5-inch shells) and have different weights.

Another popular type of 12 gauge ammo is self-defense, which includes .4 buckshot and is made by manufacturers like Remington, Hornady, and Sellier & Bellot.