# What size is 12-gauge in inches?

## What size is 12-gauge in inches?

15 U.S. Code § 206. Standard gauge for sheet and plate iron and steel

Number of gauge Approximate thickness in fractions of an inch Approximate thickness in decimal parts of an inch
11 1/8 .125
12 7/64 .109375
13 3/32 .09375
14 5/64 .078125

How are shotgun gauges measured?

Gauge is determined by the number of lead balls of size equal to the approximate diameter of the bore that it takes to weigh one pound. For example, it would take 12 lead balls with the same diameter as a 12-gauge shotgun bore to weigh one pound. Each gauge of shotgun shoots only shells of the same gauge.

What is a 16 gauge shotgun used for?

While it’s certainly a capable all-around shotgun gauge suitable for deer, turkey, and duck hunting, the 16 gauge is most often used in the United States for hunting small and upland game like pheasant, quail, dove, grouse, rabbit, and squirrel.

### What size is 12-gauge?

A 12-gauge shotgun, nominally 18.5 mm (0.73 in), can range from a tight 18 mm (0.71 in) to an extreme overbore of 20 mm (0.79 in). Some also claim an increased velocity with the overbored barrels, up to 15 m/s (49 ft/s), which is due to the larger swept volume of the overbored barrel.

What are the different sizes of shotguns?

Sizes in use. The 20 gauge shotgun is favored by shooters uncomfortable with the weight and recoil of a 12 gauge gun, and is popular for upland game hunting. The next most popular sizes are 28 gauge and .410 bore. The 10 gauge and 16 gauge, while a little less common, are still readily available in the United States.

How many ounces are in a 16 gauge shotgun?

The standard 16-gauge load carries 1 1/8 ounces of shot, exactly the same as the 2 3/4-inch, 20-gauge magnum load, and 1⁄8 ounce less than the standard 12-gauge load. The 2 3/4-inch, 16-gauge magnum shell has 1 1/4 ounces of shot, the same as the standard 12-gauge field load and the 20-gauge, three-inch magnum.

## What is the bore diameter of a 10 gauge shotgun?

This is the traditional, and very old, system. The actual (nominal) bore diameters of the various gauges are as follows: 10 gauge = .775 inch, 12 gauge = .729 inch, 16 gauge = .662 inch, 20 gauge = .615 inch, 28 gauge = .550 inch.

How big is the shell on a 12 gauge shotgun?

Shotguns are marked on the barrel, for example: 12-gauge 2 ¾ inch. This shotgun’s maximum shell length is 2 ¾ inches. It’s also important to point out that you should never fire a gauge different than that of your shotgun. This can destroy a gun and lead to serious injury to both the shooter and any innocent bystanders.