We all know what a 12 gauge shotgun can do, especially if you’re using double–aught buckshot on a target, it can really make a mess of things. Also, when using slugs fired out of a 12 gauge, that too can do some serious damage. But what if you were to up the ante a bit ? What if you brought in a 10 gauge shotgun firing the same ammunition, imagine the damage one could do with that. In the video below, Scott from Kentucky Ballistics did exactly that, he brought out a 10 gauge shotgun and set-up a few targets, what happens next is really something.
The 10 gauge shotgun is primarily used by waterfowl hunters, especially for goose hunting. This is because of the previously discussed advantages of the larger bore and longer shell length offered by the 10 gauge when using non-toxic shot compared to all other shotgun gauges in common use.
The difference is that the 10–gauge is larger and more powerful than a 12–gauge. It’s popular with goose hunters, because it throws more shot out at the same speed as a 12–gauge, making it more likely to hit a goose at extreme range, when the shot charge has spread out with a large space between pellets.
While a few 16- and 10–gauge shotguns are still manufactured, new product development has essentially ceased. The shame of it is, even with the greater ammo innovation for the 20- and 12-gauges, the 16- and 10–gauges retain certain advantages.
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No one that I know of makes a 10 gauge worth having anymore if you’re looking for a repeating shotgun. If you would like to have a 10 gauge, my recommendation is to go down to your local Pawn Shop and find a good used Browning Gold, Remington SP-10, or Ithaca Mag 10. Then, to get the most performance out of the 10 gauge, you’ve got to reload (I’m just sayin’).
If you are lucky to have an old 10 gauge shotgun lying around, my advice would be, don’t ever sell it.
Okay, now that you are up too speed on the subject, let’s watch Scott wreak havoc on some targets. One bit of advice though, if you do go out target shooting with your 10 gauge, don’t stand too close to your target, especially if you are shooting at a six pound can of white gravy…you might want to be wearing some sort of pancho, or a raincoat, because when you fire-off a shell of double–aught buckshot at it, it will get very messy very quickly.