16 Gauge Shotgun Shells

The 16 gauge cartridge in that it is an excellent compromise between the heavier weighted and recoiling shotguns in 12 gauge and the lighter, less recoiling 20 gauge. It carries similar payloads as 12 gauge shells and is a respected upland game gauge.
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  1. Rio Ammunition 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

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    $10.25 Price
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Rio Ammunition
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    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 41¢ Cost Per Round
    • Rio Ammunition SKU RC168
    • UPC 8435101602211
  2. Federal 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $11.50 Price
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
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    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H160 6
    • UPC 029465050665
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History of 16 Gauge Ammunition

Known by many as the "Sweet Sixteen" the 16 gauge shotgun cartridge has a devoted group of followers that greatly enjoy the versatility this gauge offers. Manageable recoil and reasonable payload have made the 16 gauge very appealing when compared to the 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotguns.

When considering the recoil of the 16 gauge, it is important to note that most 16 gauge shotguns tip the scales at about 7 pounds, while most 12 gauge guns start at 7.5 pounds and go up quickly from there. So when one compares the recoil of most bird hunting loads, the difference in recoil is only mildly noticeable. However, after a long trek across fields and fences hunting upland birds, a one or two pound reduction in the weight of the gun will be welcome.

Another important advantage is the performance of the 16 gauge as compared to the 12 gauge. They are very similar, although most 16 gauge loads top out with 1 1/4 ounces of shot, they will generate only about 200 feet per second less in velocity than similar 12 gauge loads. When you consider that the 20 gauge has over one hundred feet per second less velocity with a twenty percent reduction in payload, it is easy to see the advantages offered with the 16 gauge.

While not readily found on the shelves of your average big box store, ammunition can be found relatively easy at a well stocked sporting goods store and through many online retailers. Several American and European manufacturers, like Federal, Remington and Fiocchi produce a variety of shells in 16 gauge. Shot sizes commonly range from #2 to #8 with slugs available as well.

The 16 gauge is overlooked by many hunters as it is not as prolific at 12 and 20 gauges, but it is really worth a second look. It is powerful cartridge that can do the work of larger gauges and do it in a lighter gun. That alone makes the 16 gauge worth considering for your next gun purchase.

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Ronald E Hebb ( Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:16:02 +0000 ) : Hey I have a 16gauge pump and I love it, its an ithaca model 37 you might want to check them out.