What Gauge Means

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Logansdad, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. Logansdad

    Logansdad New Member

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    May 31, 2003
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    A unit of measure of the internal diameter of a shotgun barrel, determined by the number of spherical lead bullets of a diameter equal to that of the bore that are required to make one pound... According to Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary
     
  2. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    The 410 does not follow this rule though.
     

  3. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    That is because the 410 is actually the .410 caliber smooth bore. There are stranger things in this world of funny-named stuff. As an example, I have 3 36cal weapons, each of which takes a different size ball. :D
     
  4. Logansdad

    Logansdad New Member

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    May 31, 2003
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    There's an exception to every rule
     
  5. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    A&S......"I have 3 36cal weapons, each of which takes a different size ball."

    Could be worse. You could have 10 .38 caliber weapons that each took a different diameter bullet.
     
  6. Logansdad

    Logansdad New Member

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    .44 magnum is actually a .429 bore... .38 Special is actually a .357 nowhere near a magnum.
    It's a cool little bit of trivia every gunguy oughtta know.
     
  7. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    Ayup.

    Just like a .30-30 is .308" diameter.

    So is .30-06.

    9mm is .355, unless you're talking about 9mm Makarov, which is a bit smaller, if I remember correctly.

    Don't they just love to confuse us? [grin]
     
  8. Cow Caregiver

    Cow Caregiver New Member

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    Mar 26, 2003
    Mak

    .363 diameter. Bigger than 9mm standard.
     
  9. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    Oops! My bad!

    You're absolutely right. That's what happens when I go on straight memory and don't go back to double-check my statements before hitting "Submit."
     
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