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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 it to spin as it travels down the barrel. This spin around its long axis creates a gyroscopic effect which stabilises it in flight dramatically improving its ...


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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.e., multiple ball projectiles) through a smooth bore. Yes, you can buy rifled shotguns designed to fire a single projectile, but they still shoot shotgun ...


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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 gun in the waterproof case, I'd probably mount some D-rings to the top of your craft, as well as your case and actually use some smaller boat straps to better ...


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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 loads that featured a mixture of 4 and 6's. The reason stated was the #6 shot would provide the pattern density and the 4 would provide more penetration.


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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 arm out to your side, bend it so your forearm is pointing up, set shotgun/rifle on your arm out by your elbow. Does your hand naturally reach the grip so you ...


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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 never going to demonstrate the same level of accuracy as a rifle and will never excel at distances much past 100 yards with 75 yards and closer being the weapon’s ...


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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 paid less than $10 for the box, and/or the box doesn't make a big deal of stating that it's non-toxic, then the shells almost certainly contain lead shot. If ...


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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 shot shells for the 22LR, 22Mag, 9mm Luger, 40S&W, 44 Mag, and probably others (those are just the ones I've bought). Yes, I've seen and/or owned rifles in ...


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"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 aimed shots on further targets, but if you happen to get a closer-in target you have the "insurance" and added stopping-power of the buckshot.


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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 mount the shotgun. Without moving, I shift my focus to the bead and see how close the bead is to my intended target. You can do a similar process by closing ...


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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 barreled rifle with >16" length barrel (by FFA 1934) in the USA and or designed to be fired easily with only one hand and easily concealed. The construction ...


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