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    Hello all,
    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?
    Thanks...
    Greg

  • #2
    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.

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    • #3
      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.

      [This message has been edited by pgmrdan (edited 06-21-2004).]

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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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!

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          • #6
            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.

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            • #7
              Like the shells used in 'Flight of the Phoenix', to start the airplane engine?

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              • #8
                Look up punt guns and english shotgun also check out these links http://www.chuckhawks.com/intro_gauges.htm
                shotgun gauge chart

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                • #9
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    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.

                    Jerry

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                    • #11
                      I saw a 4 guage shotgun shell in a small museum in central BC, about 22 years ago. It was Kelowna, Kamloops, Pentictin or somewhere about there. I was a kid then and it was a big shell. Much to big I think to go in a handheld gun. Here are a few links proving the 4 guage exists.The second link has a good picture of a "Punt Gun" half way down the page.

                      http://www.shotgunworld.com/ammo_s042002.html

                      http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/impract.htm


                      Mike

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                      • #12
                        Remington makes and sells kiln guns for knocking slag from roatry kilns.

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                        • #13
                          There's nothing preventing the creation of, say, a 1/2 gauge shotgun. That would be a bore with a diameter such that a pure lead ball of that size would weigh 2lbs. However, I think once you get to that size you're probably talking artilery! The largest I've personally seen are some old 2 gauge guns in black powder...

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                          • #14
                            The largest shotgun shell that I've seen personally is a 2 gauge. It's huge!

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                            • #15
                              Since you said it does not have to be hand held, lets not forget 24 pound cannon (about 6"bore)
                              They use to fire "Grape shot" before boarding a ship. This was nothing more than a canister of iron pellets (grapes)....and produced the same effect..
                              Also, the old "Blunder Busses" were black powder shot guns..loaded with nails,rocks etc.
                              Saw one with a 2 inch bore from Spanish Navy in a museum over the pond.
                              Green Bay, WI

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