The venerable 16 gauge is kind of enigmatic in the shooting world. It never really seems to grow much in widespread use but it never shrinks or diminishes either. It is an in-between between the most popular shot shell cartridge in the world, the 12 gauge, and the second most popular in the world, the 20 gauge.
So what is the place in the shooting world for the 16 gauge? Well, the most prominent place where 16 gauge is employed are trap and skeet shooting clubs with high-end manufacturers. The bulk of these are over-under configurations with a high-gloss sheen. But it wasn’t always this way; the 16 gauge used to have a decent following in the varieties of firearms to be found at Sears & Roebuck, etc., and a lot of these old wing shooters are still floating around out there.
Whichever you have, whether a top-end shotgun or maybe an old hand-me-down no-name gun, sometimes you find yourself needing a little more...punch. Federal Ammunition produces a full line of 16 gauge ammunition to include 2 ¾” #1 buckshot. This number pushes out twelve #1 balls at over 1,200 ft/s which is nothing to sneeze at; those are definitely not far from the larger 12 gauge in terms of velocity and energy.
For that 16 gauge sitting in the corner of your gun safe, or you are an active wing shooter but keep it loaded for double-duty, take a good long look at Federal 2 ¾” #1 buckshot; it’s a solid load from a solid brand and will turn your wing shooter into fire breather.
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