Are 16 gauge shotguns coming back?
After teetering on the edge of obsolescence, the 16-gauge is making something of a comeback, and that’s good news for upland hunters. Of all the hunting stories I’ve heard in my life, a few stand out clearly in my memory, and one of those involves a 16-gauge shotgun.
What happened to the 16 gauge?
Despite a death knell, the 16 gauge is enjoying newfound popularity. Not so many years ago, one of the other major sporting publications declared the death of the 16 gauge, citing the lack of available choices in both new guns and affordable ammunition as the twin executioners of the sub-gauge shotgun.
Is a 10 gauge more powerful than a 12 gauge?
The difference is that the 10-gauge is larger and more powerful than a 12-gauge. It’s popular with goose hunters, because it throws more shot out at the same speed as a 12-gauge, making it more likely to hit a goose at extreme range, when the shot charge has spread out with a large space between pellets.
Can a 16 gauge gun be used for skeet shooting?
The 16 can be built into the ideal upland game gun, whether it in a double, pump, or semi-auto. The big ammunition makers are starting—tentatively, hesitantly, seemingly reluctantly—to offer some 16-gauge loads that are civilized in punch and recoil and still suitable for dove shooting or for an informal round of skeet.
Why did the 16 gauge shotgun go out of style?
In the United States, the 16’s loss of popularity is generally blamed on the originators of skeet. When the rules for skeet were drawn up, in 1926, it was decreed that the game would be officially shot with four gauges—12, 20, 28, and .410—and that left the 16 an orphan.
Is the 16 gauge shotgun on the death knell?
Where can I find 16 gauge shotgun shells?
Finding 16 Gauge Shells. RST, the boutique ammunition company that supplies lovely, light loads in all different gauges and case lengths to keep old guns shooting and provide comfortable shooting even for new guns, makes 16-gauge ammunition to suit any gun ever made.