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Heritage Purdey 12-bore

What’s the difference between shooting a 28 and a 12-bore?

  • The 12-bore is still by far the most popular bore size out there.
  • As most people use one then the suggestion is that they probably shoot better with a larger shotgun.
  • There’s nothing at all wrong with smaller bore guns like the 20-bore and 28-bore.  There might be fewer pellets in the shot charge compared to a 12 bore but ballistically the pellets – size for size – travel the same distance with the same striking energies regardless of which gun they’re fired from.
  • Each is as potentially lethal as the other so they should all be treated with the greatest of respect and handled safely.
  • Apart from some slight differences in the stringing effect of the shot pattern, the only real difference between bore sizes is (or should be) the weight of the gun.
  • A man or woman of average build will be able to cope quite easily with a standard 12-bore but if – through physical strength, infirmity, stature or choice – a lighter gun is preferred then a smaller bore will prove effective within the limitations imposed by weight of shot charge.

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