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I just saw the movie Appaloosa and Viggo Mortensen's character in the movie had an 8 gauge shotgun or at least that's what it was called on screen. Does anyone know any 8 gauge shotguns?
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I always thought 10 was the largest shotguns went...
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I've heard shotguns can even go up to 1 gauge, but I though that was an urban legend.
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I just saw the movie Appaloosa and Viggo Mortensen's character in the movie had an 8 gauge shotgun or at least that's what it was called on screen. Does anyone know any 8 gauge shotguns?
Steve (Pheonixent) built those specially for that movie. Here's the picture he uploaded for us:



Anyway, they do apparently make 8-gauge shotguns. The "elephant gun" from "Tremors", for instance, was an 8-gauge made by William Moore & Co.

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I have an 8 Gauge shotgun shell, it's huge.

I always thought it stopped at 4 Gauge. One Gauge would be a freaking cannon!
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I have an 8 Gauge shotgun shell, it's huge.

I always thought it stopped at 4 Gauge. One Gauge would be a freaking cannon!
4 Gauge and larger were used in what is called a Punt Gun. The are normally used on a specially crafted boat or a bench. The cartridge holds a lot of small pellets to use on water fowl. The shot pattern was very wide on that type of shell.
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They make industrial kiln guns in 8 gauge and remington still produces that and ammunition for it.
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The 8 Gauge fell out of popularity after 1918 when it was outlawed for hunting. They did go even bigger- in fact early blackpowder elephant rifles were measured by gauge rather than calibre.
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actually, it's outlawed for federally regulated game, states may still allow it.
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Anyway, they do apparently make 8-gauge shotguns. The "elephant gun" from "Tremors", for instance, was an 8-gauge made by William Moore & Co.
Wasn't Burt's 'Elephant gun' an Express rifle? I haven't seen the movie in a couple of years, but as I remember it he had to 'crank' the rifle open.

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