Questions tagged [shotguns]

A type of firearm that can fire "shot", shot typically being small ball bearings. Shotguns can also fire "solid slugs", where the "shot" is replaced with a solid projectile. Shot guns typically accept cartridges where the contents of the cartridge (not a part of the cartridge itself) are ejected upon firing. Use this tag for questions about the use of, etc. of shot guns.

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Do shotgun shells containing mixed shot sizes have any applications in hunting?

A friend of mine has a reloading shotgun machine in his basement and often makes specialty loads upon request. He is able to make shotgun shells that have mixed shot sizes of various weights. Are ...
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Rail mount for shotgun

I'm trying to find a rail mount for a double barrel 12 gauge shotgun. Please notice it isn't a dovetail rail, it has parallel sides. I've tried already a dovetail mount, but it gets loose when ...
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What sort of accuracy should I expect at 100 yards from slugs fired from a smoothbore shotgun?

A lot of deer hunters put a rifled barrels on their shotgun and shoot sabot slugs. I know that without rifling a sabot slug has no stability. But there are two common types of slugs designed for ...
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How can one assess the fit of a shotgun?

How can I determine whether a shotgun fits (or can be easily adapted to fit) me without having the chance to test fire it? (And without spending thousands of dollars for customization?) Whether for ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

This is one of those things, that seems like it has just always been in my knowledge. A recent comment about rifles on a question about shotguns got me thinking, it really is not all that simple. ...
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Kayaking with a shotgun

I like using small boats for duck hunting. I was recently given a sit-in two-seater kayak that I have painted and I am ready to take out on the marshes. Although I have used small canoes and the ...
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What material are the shells I just purchased made of?

I purchased a box of shotgun shells in the United States. On the box it says they are for pheasant. But it does not say if the shot is lead, steel or some other nontoxic material. We know from the ...