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12 Gauge Ammo

About 12 Gauge 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:

• 12 Gauge Ammo• 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells12 Gauge Shells
• 12GA Ammo• 12 GA 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 Ammo used black powder, today's 12 Gauge Ammo utilizes smokeless powder.

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.

Most shots are made from metal (lead, steel, tungsten, or bismuth). However, non-lethal shotgun shells can be loaded with rubber, rock salt, or small bean bags.

Located beneath the shot is the wad or wadding, usually constructed from paper or plastic. The primary purpose of the wad is to prevent the shot and powder from mixing and provide a seal that prevents gas from blowing through the shot rather than propelling it.

Original 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells initially used black powder. However, today's modern 12 Gauge Ammo utilizes a far more efficient smokeless powder that takes up far less space.

Usually made from paper or plastic, the hull is a tube often capped at the base by a metallic head cover that retains a primer, and a wadding inside the case typically contains the shot charge.

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