12 Gauge Shotgun Shells

The most popular shotgun gauge in the world is the 12 gauge. Not only is it manufactured in a variety of loads that make it a great choice for hunting any North American game, but the 12 gauge is also effective as a home-defense cartridge. Learn More

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  1. Hornady Critical Defense 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2-3/4" 00 Buck Ammunition

    77 In stock now
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    $12.50 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86240
    • UPC 090255862409
  2. Winchester 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of #1 Buck Ammunition

    46 In stock now
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    $6.50 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.30 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU XB1231
    • UPC 020892007048
  3. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    41 In stock now

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    $13.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.30 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86246
    • UPC 090255862461
  4. Winchester 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    68 In stock now

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    $6.50 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.30 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU XB12300
    • UPC 020892007031
  5. Fiocchi 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2-3/8 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    16 In stock now

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    $13.25 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Turkey
    • 2-3/8 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 3-1/2" Shell Length
    • $1.33 Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 1235TRC6
    • UPC 762344703763
  6. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-1/2 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    23 In stock now

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    $13.50 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • Turkey
    • 1-1/2 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $1.35 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86244
    • UPC 090255862447
  7. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of #4 Buck Ammunition

    42 In stock now

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    $6.99 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Buck Shot
    • #4 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.40 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU PD156 4B
    • UPC 029465027407
  8. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-1/2 oz. #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    10 In stock now

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    $14.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • Turkey
    • 1-1/2 oz.
    • #5 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $1.40 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86241
    • UPC 090255862416
  9. Winchester Winchester Double-X 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of #00 Buck Ammunition

    2 In stock now

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    $7.45 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.49 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU SB1200
    • UPC 020892017344
  10. Winchester Varmint-X 12 Gauge Ammo - 100 Rounds of 3" 1-1/2 oz. BB Shot Ammunition

    3 In stock now

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    $149.99 Price

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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Hunting
    • 1-1/2 oz.
    • BB Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X123VBB
    • UPC 00020892023444
  11. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    7 In stock now

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    $7.50 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU F130 00
    • UPC 029465009687
  12. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    8 In stock now

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    $7.60 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • $1.52 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU F131 00
    • UPC 029465009649
  13. Federal Vitl-Shok 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of 2-3/4" #00 Buck Ammunition

    81 In stock now

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    $8.00 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.60 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU P154 00
    • UPC 029465001292
  14. Winchester Varmint-X 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 3" 1-1/2 oz. BB Shot Ammunition

    20 In stock now

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    $16.99 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • 1-1/2 oz.
    • BB Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $1.70 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X123VBB
    • UPC 020892023437
  15. Winchester Supreme Double X 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2 oz. #5 Turkey Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    45 In stock now

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    $18.75 Price
    • $18.25 each if you buy 5 -  save 3%
    • $18.00 each if you buy 10 -  save 4%

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 2 oz.
    • #5 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $1.80 to $1.88 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X123MXCT5
    • UPC 020892002036
  16. Winchester Double-X 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2 oz. #4 Shot Ammunition

    4 In stock now

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    $18.99 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 2 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 3-1/2" Shell Length
    • $1.90 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STH12354
    • UPC 020892012196
  17. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-3/4 oz. #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $19.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 1-3/4 oz.
    • #5 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $1.85 to $1.90 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STH1235
    • UPC 020892011212
  18. Winchester Double-X 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2 oz. #5 Shot Ammunition

    7 In stock now

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    $19.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 2 oz.
    • #5 Shot Bullet
    • 3-1/2" Shell Length
    • $1.90 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STH12355
    • UPC 020892012219
  19. Winchester Double X Magnum Turkey Load 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2-1/4 oz. #5 Shot Ammunition

    21 In stock now

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    $19.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 2-1/4 oz.
    • #5 Shot Bullet
    • 3-1/2" Shell Length
    • $1.90 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU XXT12L5
    • UPC 020892011021
  20. Hornady 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of 325 Grain Sabot Slug Ammunition

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    $9.75 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • Sabot Slug
    • $1.95 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 86271
    • UPC 090255862713
  21. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-3/4 oz. #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    12 In stock now

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    $19.99 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 1-3/4 oz.
    • #5 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $2.00 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STLB1235
    • UPC 020892021365
  22. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-3/4 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $20.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 1-3/4 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $2.00 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STLB1236
    • UPC 020892021389
  23. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-3/4 oz. #4 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $20.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 1-3/4 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $2.00 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STH1234
    • UPC 020892012172
  24. Winchester 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2 oz. #4 Shot Ammunition

    8 In stock now

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    $25.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Turkey
    • 2 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 3-1/2" Shell Length
    • $2.50 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU STLB12L4
    • UPC 020892021280
  25. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of 1-3/4 oz. #5-6-7 Shot Mix (Lead) Ammunition

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    $13.99 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Turkey
    • 1-3/4 oz.
    • #5-6-7 Shot Mix Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • $2.80 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU PTD157 567
    • UPC 029465030056
  26. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 300 Grain Sabot Slug Ammunition

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    $14.00 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Slug
    • $2.80 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU P151 TC
    • UPC 029465025281
  27. Remington 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 385 Grain Sabot Slug Ammunition

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    $16.00 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • Slug
    • $3.20 Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU PRA12M
    • UPC 047700350202
  28. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 5 Rounds of 2 oz. #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $16.99 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Turkey
    • 2 oz.
    • #5-6-7 Shot Mix Bullet
    • 3-1/2" Shell Length
    • $3.40 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU PTD139 567
    • UPC 029465030049
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Used by hunters, sport shooters, military and law enforcement – the 12 gauge is the most used shotgun to this day, and it has existed in its current cartridge configuration since the late 1800s.

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 (which allowed the shooter to load the shell as they desired). In 1884, Frank Chamberlin patented a machine with the ability to load 1,500 shotshells per hour, a remarkable feat at the time. Within 10 years, Chamberlin had become a direct competitor with Winchester and the Union Metallic Cartridge Company. Unfortunately, this was the beginning of the end for Chamberlin, as he was competing against his suppliers. Chamberlin left the ammunition industry by 1900, and focused instead on trapshooting devices.

Shotgun ammo technology grew by leaps and bounds in the first 50 years of the 1900s. Brass hulls were replaced by paper hulls, and smokeless powder (cleaner and more powerful) replaced black powder. Remington blazed the trail with new products for shotgunners, including the introduction of its Model 870 shotgun in 1951. Nine years later, Remington introduced shotgun shells with plastic hulls – which featured a more robust case and kept the contents of the case dry even in the field. Within the next year, O.F. Mossberg & Sons introduced their iconic pump shotgun, the Model 500.

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

Shotgun slugs are single solid projectiles designed for hunting large game closer than 100 yards. They 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 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 once again on the rise, 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, due to the greater inherent accuracy of a long gun. Additionally, 12 gauge shotguns enjoy the advantage of imparting greater energy than a handgun, as well as having decreased issues with over-penetration.

From personal protection to many different types of hunting, the 12 gauge is a good choice for many tasks – which is why this shotgun ammunition will likely remain popular for a long time to come.

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  • Ariel said:

    "This is great low recoil buckshot, it's perfect for pistol grip only shotguns because of its low recoil. The pattern is also very tight. The crimp is also better than what I usually see on other brands so the buffer wont leak out into the magazine tube. You can't go wrong with this ammo and I plan to order more when its back in stock."

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  • bogertw said:

    "Took my new Benelli Nova Pump to the range and the first 4 shells in a row (from 2 separate boxes) fired fine, but jammed the fore-end so I couldn't eject the shell without very forcefully yanking back. I assume the brass casing expanded way more than it should have. I then tried 4 different brands and each worked flawlessly. Put the Rio back in and it jammed immediately. I ended up switching to an over-under gun and they performed fine in that. So, they may work fine for you in a different type of gun, but I wouldn't recommend them for a Benelli pump."

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