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. Learn More

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  1. Fiocchi Target 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    42 In stock now

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Discount Shot
    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 12SD1L8
    • UPC 762344705538
  2. Winchester Super Target 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #8 Shot Ammunition

    78 In stock now

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU TRGT12M8
    • UPC 020892016217
  3. Fiocchi 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #8 Shot Ammunition

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Shot
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 12HV1158
    • UPC 762344710914
  4. Remington 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    17 In stock now

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • Upland Game
    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU GL128
    • UPC 047700039800
  5. Sellier and Bellot 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    1 In stock now

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot

  6. Estate Game and Target 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #6 Shot Ammunition

    78 In stock now

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    $9.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge
    • Discount Shot
    • 1 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Estate Cartridge SKU GTL12 6
    • UPC 604544365467
  7. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    15 In stock now

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    $9.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 1 oz.
    • #7 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU FRS12 7
    • UPC 029465027148
  8. Estate Cartridge 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    18 In stock now

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    $9.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge
    • Upland Game
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Estate Cartridge SKU GTL12N 7.5
    • UPC 604544029673
  9. Federal Game-Shok 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    60 In stock now

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    $9.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Heavy Game
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H123 8
    • UPC 029465002084
  10. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    42 In stock now

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    $9.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU UCL12SI 7.5
    • UPC 029465028817
  11. Fiocchi 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" HV 1-1/4 oz. #5 Shot Ammunition

    79 In stock now

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    $9.75 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Upland Game
    • 1-1/4 oz.
    • #5 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 39¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 12HV5
    • UPC 762344700267
  12. Winchester AA Sporting Clays 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    11 In stock now

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    $9.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AASC128
    • UPC 020892014015
  13. Winchester AA 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

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    $9.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AAM127
    • UPC 020892004344
  14. Sellier and Bellot 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    15 In stock now

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    Price $125.00

    Price $99.95

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot

    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #00 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
  15. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    4 In stock now

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    $10.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA12FL8
    • UPC 020892011250
  16. Winchester AA Sporting Clay 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

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    $10.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AASC127
    • UPC 020892013995
  17. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

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    $10.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 1 oz.
    • #7 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WF146 7
    • UPC 029465023836
  18. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

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    $10.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AAM128
    • UPC 020892004351
  19. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #9 Shot Ammunition

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    $10.95 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #9 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 43.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA129
    • UPC 020892004436
  20. Fiocchi 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    54 In stock now

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    $11.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Discount Shot
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 12SSCH8
    • UPC 762344701523
  21. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #6 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

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    $11.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 1 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WF146 6
    • UPC 029465023829
  22. Fiocchi 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 3" 1-1/4 oz. #2 Shot Ammunition

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    $11.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/4 oz.
    • #2 Shot Bullet
    • Zinc Plated Steel Casing
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 123SGW2
    • UPC 762344705804
  23. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

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    $11.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AAHA127
    • UPC 020892014077
  24. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    20 In stock now

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    $11.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AAHA128
    • UPC 020892014091
  25. Winchester AA Lite Handicap 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    66 In stock now

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    $11.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AAHLA128
    • UPC 020892014190
  26. Fiocchi Golden Waterfowl 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 3" 1-1/4 oz. #3 Steel Shot Ammunition

    9 In stock now

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    $12.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/4 oz.
    • #3 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 123SGW3
    • UPC 762344705552
  27. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    64 In stock now

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    $12.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA127
    • UPC 020892004412
  28. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #8 Shot Ammunition

    51 In stock now

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    $12.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA128
    • UPC 020892004429
  29. Federal Speed-Shok 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #3 Shot Ammunition

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    $12.25 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #3 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 49¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WF147 3
    • UPC 029465023768
  30. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. BB (Steel) Ammunition

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    $12.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • BB Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WEX12HBB
    • UPC 020892017160
  31. Winchester Super-X XPERT 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #3 Steel Shot Ammunition

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    $12.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #3 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WEX12H3
    • UPC 020892017207
  32. Winchester Super-X Xpert 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #2 Shot Ammunition

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    $12.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #2 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WEX12H2
    • UPC 020892017184
  33. Fiocchi 3Gun 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 2-3/4" #00 Buck Ammunition

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    $125.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Buck Shot
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 12BK3G00
    • UPC 762344856513
  34. Federal Speed-Shok Waterfowl 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #4 Shot Ammunition

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    $13.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WF147 4
    • UPC 029465023775
  35. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #6 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

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    $13.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Upland Game
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WEX12H6
    • UPC 020892017245
  36. Winchester Super-X Xpert HV 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #4 Shot Ammunition

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    $13.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 54¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WEX12H4
    • UPC 020892017221
  37. NobelSport Low Recoil 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 2-3/4" #00 Buck Ammunition

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    $135.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by NobelSport

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by NobelSport
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • 54¢ Cost Per Round
    • NobelSport SKU ANSLR1200BK
    • UPC 837913002865
  38. Sellier and Bellot 12 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    75 In stock now

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    $13.75 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot

    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #00 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
  39. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/4 oz. #3 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    9 In stock now

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    $13.95 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 1-1/4 oz.
    • #3 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 55.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WF140 3
    • UPC 029465023720
  40. Rio Ammunition 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

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    $139.99 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Rio Ammunition

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Rio Ammunition
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • 56¢ Cost Per Round
    • Rio Ammunition SKU RBLR129
    • UPC 8435101602204
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The most used shotgun today is the 12 gauge. Hunters use this versatile and widely available gauge, as do sport shooters, military and law enforcement. It has existed in its current cartridge configuration since the late 1800's.

Shotgun shell casings were originally full length brass or paper hulls with a brass base. Some were sold loaded, but it was also possible to buy them primed and unloaded. The shooter was then able to load the shell as they desired. Frank Chamberlin patented in 1884 a machine which could load 1,500 shotshells per hour, a remarkable feat at the time. Within ten years, Chamberlin had become a direct competitor with Winchester and the Union Metallic Cartridge Company.  This proved, unfortunately, to be the beginning of the end for Chamberlin, as he was competing against his suppliers. They were the producers of the components he needed for manufacturing his own shotgun ammunition. Chamberlin left the ammunition industry by 1900 and focused instead on trapshooting devices.

Shotgun ammo technology grew by leaps and bounds in the first fifty years of the 1900's. Brass hulls were replaced by paper hulls, and smokeless powder - more powerful and cleaner burning - replaced black powder. Remington blazed the trail with new products for shotgunners, including in 1951, the introduction of its Model 870 shotgun. Nine years later, Remington introduced shotgun shells with plastic hulls. The case was more robust and kept the contents of the case dry even in the field. One year later, O.F. Mossberg & Sons introduced their iconic pump shotgun, the Model 500.

Shotgun shells commonly fire shot or slug projectiles. Shot is usually pellets made of lead or steel, but shot loads of tungsten and bismuth are available also. Shot pellet sizes vary between 0.36” (000 Buck) and 0.08” (#9 shot). Shotguns are used to hunt birds from dove to turkey. Some jurisdictions allow hunting with shotguns shooting large pellets for large game including deer.

Shotgun slugs are single solid projectiles designed for hunting large game closer than 100 yards. Slugs work well in hunting because the large size transfers high energy into the target. Some shotgun barrels spin the slug with rifling for added accuracy, while other slugs are wrapped in a sabot which is designed designed to increase range and accuracy of the slug in exchange for projectile weight and energy transfer.

The use of the 12 gauge for self defense is growing again, and specialty ammunition is being produced, including options for low recoil, and combinations of buckshot and smaller pellets. Proficiency with a shotgun for self defense comes more quickly than it does with a handgun, because of the greater inherent accuracy of a long gun. Additionally, 12 gauge shotguns enjoy the advantage of imparting greater energy than a handgun, yet having decreased issues with over penetration.

12 gauge shotgun ammunition will likely remain popular for a long time to come. The 12 gauge is a good choice for many tasks from personal protection to many different types of hunting as there are so many different guns and barrels available.

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