OT..largest guage shotgun?
Does anyone know what the largest guage shotgun is? It does not have to be a hand held, hunting type firearm. I remember reading something about a tool used to clean out kilns and ceramic slurry tumblers that used a 1 guage shotgun shell and silica beads. Is there something bigger than a 1 guage?
I've heard of 4 guage, but never 1 gauge, geez.
If you got a 1 guage, I dare you to shoot some magnum slugs with it against your shoulder.
By definition, there can't be.
According to the way I learned it, shotguns were 'gauged' according to the number of round lead balls that could be made from 1# of lead. The old shot guns would shoot a single, round ball of lead - a shot.
On a .410, that's really a caliber and not a gauge so that's an exception.
The barrel of a 12 ga. would allow a 1/12 pound ball of lead pass. So a 1 ga. should allow a 1# ball of lead to pass!!! This sounds rather bizarre so I'd doubt there's such a thing as a 1 ga. shotgun.
I know I've heard of modern 10 ga. shotguns used for goose hunting and I'm not sure but there may have been an 8 ga. at one time.
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
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A number of the old radial engines used a very large shotgun style shell for starting. I don't know what guage they are but they are in some cases much larger than 10 guage. No shot of course.
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Several years back I was at Harold's Club in Reno Nevada, heck of a gun collection! They had a 4 gauge if I remember correctly, it was a "Flock" gun and mounted in the front of a boat. Just shoot into the flock and go pick em' up!
ever hear of a "punt gun"? It was used by market hunters way back when. There's one in a museum at Ocean Shores that had a 2" barrel. The paper cartridges were big as ears of corn.
Like the shells used in 'Flight of the Phoenix', to start the airplane engine?
Look up punt guns and english shotgun also check out these links http://www.chuckhawks.com/intro_gauges.htm
shotgun gauge chart
The largest legal gauge in the US, in most states is 10 gauge. Before the turn of the last century market hunters would use 4 or even two. These weren't exactly shoulder fired weapons. They'd hunt at night when the ducks and geese were roosting on the water.
Sometimes I wish they'd come back and take care of the goose population out here.
I have seen 10 gauge goose guns and an 8 gauge guns that are used for putting a large cow down.
Some gun shop in the area has a small 8 gauge cannon for sale.