12 Gauge Shotgun Shells

The most popular shotgun gauge in the world is the 12 gauge. It is manufactured in a variety of loads that make it a great choice for hunting virtually any North American game. The 12 gauge is also effective as a home defense cartridge.
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  1. Remington 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    • Discount Buck Shot
    • 00 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.10 to $1.15 Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RL12BK00
    • UPC 047700336503
  2. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 95ยข to $1.30 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H132 00
  3. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    • Buck Shot
    • 00 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.20 to $1.30 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86246
  4. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    • $1.28 to $1.35 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X123MT5
    • UPC 020892017573
  5. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of #4 Buck Ammunition

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    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.25 to $1.38 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86243
  6. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    • Buck Shot
    • 00 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.35 to $1.40 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86276
  7. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.25 to $1.45 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU PD132 00
    • UPC 029465027391
  8. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    • Buck Shot
    • 00 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86247
  9. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    • 00 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.30 to $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU F130 00
    • UPC 029465009687
  10. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-1/2 oz. #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    • $1.48 to $1.55 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86241
  11. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-1/2 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    • Hornady SKU 86244
  12. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 1 oz. Sabot Slug Ammunition

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    • $1.60 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU F127SS2
    • UPC 029465027377
  13. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    • Buck Shot
    • 00 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.45 to $1.60 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU P156 00
    • UPC 029465001193
  14. Winchester Supreme Double X 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2 oz. #5 Turkey Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    • $1.80 to $1.88 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X123MXCT5
    • UPC 020892002036
  15. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-3/4 oz. #4 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    • $1.90 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STH1234
    • UPC 020892012172
  16. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-3/4 oz. #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    • $2.35 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STLB1235
    • UPC 020892021365
  17. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 300 Grain Sabot Slug Ammunition

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    • $2.95 to $3.00 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU P151 TC
    • UPC 029465025281
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History of 12 Gauge Ammunition

The 12 gauge shotgun is the most popular shotgun in use today. This versatile and easily found gauge has been used by hunters, sport shooters, law enforcement and military users in its cartridge configuration since the late 19th century.

Originally, shotgun shells were either full length brass shells or paper hull shells with a brass base. They were sold either loaded or primed and unloaded so that the shooter could complete the shell on their own. In 1884, Frank Chamberlin patented a machine that could load 1,500 shotshells an hour, an astonishing feat at the time. By the mid 1890’s, Chamberlin was in direct competition with Winchester and Union Metallic Cartridge Company. Unfortunately, this proved to be Chamberlain’s undoing as the two companies he was competing against were also the companies that produced the hulls and wads he needed to manufacture his shotgun ammunition. He was out of the ammunition business by 1900 and shifted his focus to trapshooting devices.

The first half of the 20th century was a time of few changes in shotgun ammunition technology, the brass hull eventually gave way to the paper hull and black powder was replaced with the cleaner burning and more powerful smokeless powder. Remington led the way in new products for the shotgunner with the introduction of its Model 870 in 1951 and just under a decade later in 1960, Remington introduced plastic hulls for their shotgun shells. This not only made for a more robust case, but it also helped to keep the contents of the case dry when used in field conditions. One year after this, O.F. Mossberg & Sons introduced their iconic entry into the pump shotgun market, the Model 500.

Shotgun shells will commonly contain shot or slugs as the projectile. Shot is normally found as lead or steel pellets, tungsten and bismuth loads are also available. Shot pellets range in size from 0.36” (000 Buck) to 0.8” (#9 shot). Shotguns are very effective for hunting birds from dove to turkey. Some jurisdictions even allow for large shot sizes to be used to take game up to and including deer.

Shotgun slugs are one piece projectiles that are designed to hunt larger game at ranges normally under 100 yards. Slugs are very effective to due the large size and high energy transfer into the target. Some shotgun barrels are rifled to impart spin to the slug, while other slugs are actually covered in a sabot and are specially designed to have a longer range and increased accuracy at the cost of projectile weight.

Specialty ammunition, such as low recoil and buck and ball combinations, are becoming more common as the popularity of the 12 gauge in the self defense arena is returning. The inherently more accurate long gun platform requires a generally shorter time to become proficient with the shotgun for defensive use as compared to a pistol. Plus the greater energy and decreased over penetration issues are definite positives for the 12 gauge.

The 12 gauge shotgun ammo will continue to be popular into the foreseeable future. The variety of applications and different guns and barrels available make the 12 gauge a good choice for any close range hunting or defensive use.

Discuss 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells by adding your comment to the 5 comments below or by asking a new question

Frank Klein ( Sun, 23 Dec 2012 01:37:25 +0000 ) : what does high brass mean?
Daniel Kellar ( Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:52:37 +0000 ) : Shotshells with heavier powderloads and more shot.
Edward Serrano ( Fri, 09 Aug 2013 01:45:34 +0000 ) : Anyone know a supplier for Shells, Shots, wads, and primers?
Edward Serrano ( Sun, 11 Aug 2013 17:59:00 +0000 ) : yes got it. if you need the supplier there you go. http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/browse/reloading/_/N-1100193/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_104761080?WTz_l=DirectLoad%3Bcat104792580
JJ Omalley ( Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:45:23 +0000 ) : Can you shoot 23/4 inch shells from a shot gun with a 3inch chamber?
12 Gauge Shotgun Shells Ammo Customer Reviews
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  • dakitan said: "shoots great holds a good pattern would buy again. but then i already did"
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