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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

The term 'rifle' comes from the fact that the barrel of a rifle has spiral grooves (called rifling) cut into the inside. When the bullet is fired it is forced into these grooves which in turn cause ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

In the U.S. there are legal definitions provided by code (18 USC 921) and regulation (27 CFR 478.11), which are somewhat derived from the customary definitions. A shotgun is designed to shoot shot (i....
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Kayaking with a shotgun

Kayaking with a shotgun isn't an original concept, in fact it seems to be increasingly popular with water fowl hunters: All you need to do is buy some kayak gun mounts: As far as transporting your ...
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Do shotgun shells containing mixed shot sizes have any applications in hunting?

You are referring to duplex loads. I don't see a whole lot of duplex loads anymore unless its a mix with TSS (tungsten super shot – the densest shot available). Remington had a line of duplex ...
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How can one assess the fit of a shotgun?

The general rule of thumb I've always read/heard is does the trigger hand placement naturally allow the finger to reach the trigger if you were to set the butt on the inside of the elbow - stick your ...
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What sort of accuracy should I expect at 100 yards from slugs fired from a smoothbore shotgun?

No better than 3 MOA, probably more like 6 MOA, and they aren't very effective past 75 yards because they quickly loose velocity and start tumbling end over end. A smooth bore firearm is simply ...
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What material are the shells I just purchased made of?

Put a strong magnet on top of a shell and turn it upside down. If the magnet sticks then you know it contains steel shot. If it doesn't, then you could have either lead or "non-toxic" shot. If you ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

The distinction between rifle and shotgun can get convoluted if only considering shot vs single projectile. Shotguns can be loaded with rifled slugs, rifles can fire shot shells. CCI has marketed ...
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Do shotgun shells containing mixed shot sizes have any applications in hunting?

"Buck and ball" loads are commonly available. They're often marketed for self defense, but where legal for hunting they have the same benefits on game, namely: The "ball" (or slug) has more reach for ...
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How can one assess the fit of a shotgun?

I have had good luck taking a shotgun in hand and then picking out a spot at a typical bird type height and distance, often where the ceiling meets the wall in a corner. Then I stare at the spot, and ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

I believe that the term presence of Rifleing in the bore defines the weapon as a rifle, even big caliber guns on Naval vessels are termed rifles. Barrel length defines a pistol, it is really a short ...
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