Choosing Your Shot Size

choose your guage

Common Gauges

common guages

Shot comes out of the gun in a
pattern determined by the choke.

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Pattern your gun
with various loads.

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Shot Identification Chart

Shot sizes are relative & approximate in scale

shot size


Check state or provincial regulations to determine legal ammunition.

Shot Size Equivalence: Steel vs Lead

Type of shot Sizes
Lead 6 4 2   
Steel 6-4 2 BBB BB T

Steel - lighter, no deformation, narrower pattern doesn't carry as far, shorter shot string.

Lead - heavier, flattens and deforms, wider pattern, carries farther, longer shot string.


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