16 Gauge Shotgun Shells

The 16 gauge cartridge is an excellent compromise between the heavier weighted and recoiling shotguns in 12 gauge and the lighter 20 gauge with less recoil. It carries similar payloads as 12 gauge shells and is a respected upland game gauge. Learn More

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  1. Remington 16 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 4/5 oz. HP Rifled Slug Ammunition

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    $6.25 Price

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  2. Federal 16 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of 4/5 oz. Rifled Slug Ammunition

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    $6.50 Price

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    • $1.30 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU FC164 RS
    • UPC 029465024116
  3. Estate Cartridge 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1 oz. #6 Shot Ammunition

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    $8.99 Price

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    • Heavy Game
    • 1 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Estate Cartridge SKU HG16 6
    • UPC 604544400052
  4. Estate Cartridge 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

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    $9.99 Price

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    • Heavy Game
    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Estate Cartridge SKU HG16 8
    • UPC 604544400069
  5. Federal 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $10.00 Price

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    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H160 8
    • UPC 029465050887
  6. Federal 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $10.50 Price

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    • 1 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H160 6
    • UPC 029465050665
  7. Federal 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $11.00 Price

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    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H160 7.5
    • UPC 029465050771
  8. Winchester Super-X 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #6 Shot Ammunition

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    $14.99 Price

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    • Heavy Game
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X16H6
    • UPC 020892000209
  9. Federal 16 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #6 Shot Ammunition

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    $15.99 Price

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    • Upland Game
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 64¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H163 6
    • UPC 029465004521
  10. Federal 16 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $95.00 Price

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    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H160 8
    • UPC 50029465050882
  11. Federal 16 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $95.00 Price

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    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H160 7.5
    • UPC 50029465050776
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Known among many shooters as the "Sweet Sixteen," the 16 gauge shotgun cartridge has a tribe of dedicated followers who appreciate the versatility this gauge has to offer. The recoil is manageable and the payload is reasonable – two features that contribute to the appeal of the 16 gauge in comparison to 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotguns.

Most 16 gauge shotguns weigh around seven pounds, but the lightest 12 gauge shotguns weigh 7.5 pounds and get heavier from there. The inertia of the gun affects the recoil felt by the shooter, so a lighter gun with the same charge will kick harder than a heavier gun. But even though the recoil of the 16 gauge would tend to be higher than a 12 gauge, the feel is about the same. This is because it is somewhat moderated by reduced loads for most bird hunting shells. The real benefit of the lighter gun, however, becomes apparent after long hikes across fields and over fences when hunting upland birds.

The 16 gauge enjoys another important advantage when comparing its performance to the 12 gauge. While the numbers are about the same, most loads for 16 gauge max out with 1.25 ounces of shot, and they generate a muzzle velocity slower than equivalent 12 gauge loads only by about 200 feet per second. Muzzle velocity for the 20 gauge is another 100 feet per second slower, and payload is reduced 20 percent – making it easy to understand what advantages the 16 gauge offers.

Ammunition for the 16 gauge is not always easy to find on the shelves of your average big box store, but it is available at most sporting goods stores and of course through online retailers like Ammo.com. Federal, Remington and Fiocchi, as well as many different manufacturers in America and Europe, produce a variety of different shells for the 16 gauge. The size of shot ranges from #2 to #8; and slugs can also be found.

Many hunters overlook the 16 gauge because it's not as abundant as the 12 or 20 gauge, but consider taking a second look. The cartridge is powerful and can do the work of a large gauge – with the benefit of a lighter gun. That fact alone ought to make a 16 gauge shotgun worth considering for your next purchase.