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 Post subject: Meaning of numbers on shotgun shell
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 7:34 pm 
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Can someone please tell me what the numbers on a shotgun shell mean. I know this is probably a dumb question, but I would like to know. For instance 3in. 2oz. #6 Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Meaning of numbers on shotgun shell
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 7:41 pm 
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3" long shell for 3" or longer chambered guns and it carries a 2 ounce load of #6 shot. The shell length is the fired, or empty hull length, not the loaded shell length. Sometimes they will have dram equivelent numbers or velocity numbers on the shell too.

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 Post subject: Re: Meaning of numbers on shotgun shell
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 8:01 pm 
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A typical mark on a box of shotgun shells:

12 - 2 3/4 - 2 3/4 - 1 1/8 - 8

12 gauge
2 3/4 inch long shell (after firing)
2 3/4 dram equivalents of powder
1 1/8 oz of shot
#8 shot

Some don't use dram equivalents, they use velocity, which is much more meaningful.

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 Post subject: Re: Meaning of numbers on shotgun shell
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:30 pm 
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What about color of the shot shell for the various gauges and types (birdshot, buckshot, slug) of shells? Is there a standard?

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 Post subject: Re: Meaning of numbers on shotgun shell
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:36 pm 
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threeshot wrote:
What about color of the shot shell for the various gauges and types (birdshot, buckshot, slug) of shells? Is there a standard?

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Twenty gauge is supposed to be yellow. That's the only color standard that I know of.

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 Post subject: Re: Meaning of numbers on shotgun shell
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The only color standard I am aware of is that most 20 gauge shells are yellow, and most other gauges are not yellow. The purpose of that is to avoid accidentally dropping a 20 gauge shell into a 12 gauge gun. If that happened the shell would lodge in the forcing cone and a if 12 gauge shell was put in and fired, it would usually blow up the barrel.

I don't think there is any law about 20 gauge shells being yellow, it is just something the manufacturers have agreed to do. Some manufacturers in other countries may not follow that code.

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