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Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by eddiedeverell, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. eddiedeverell

    eddiedeverell G&G Newbie

    So I got my first shotgun, a Stoeger coach 12 GA. ( want to get into cowboy action shooting ) anyway, I have two boxes of Federal shells for it. My first question is what does all the stuff on the box mean? Example

    12 Ga ( I get that lol )

    3 Dram EQ - have No idea what the heck this means

    1 1/8- OZ. shot - HUH?

    8 shot- ???????

    And my last question, My shot gun says 3" Chamber, that means I can shoot up to 3" shells? Right? Is that for more power? I know dumb questions but please bare with me!:newbie:
  2. remman

    remman G&G Newbie

    this should help:
    Federal Premium - Important Terms

    I don't remember what the 1 1/8 oz shot means off the top of my head...and yes, you can use up to 3" shells in your gun that is what that means
  3. jaeger

    jaeger G&G Enthusiast

    if i remember correctly 1 1/8 shot is the actual weight of the shot in the shell. #8 mean it is 8 shot or bird shot/small game load and dram is the amount of powder in the shell. as for the shot 8 is quite a small load. The lower the number the bigger the pellet. oh and if your only going to be doing cowboy action shooting 2 3/4 inch shells should be fine. My uncle competes in that and uses the same gun. Looks like fun.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2010
  4. eddiedeverell

    eddiedeverell G&G Newbie

    Thanks guys I know I sound dumb but it's cunfusing me lol! Not a hard thing to do lol.
  5. Ten Man

    Ten Man G&G Evangelist

    All the questions have been answered.

    Now, I would suggest you consider lighter loads for Cowboy Action Shooting.

    Personally, I used the Winchester AA Target loads in my Stoeger Side by Side 12 gauge. They worked great for CAS. The targets are never more than 15 yards, and the lighter loads make it easier to shoot them quick.
  6. jaeger

    jaeger G&G Enthusiast

    better to ask then to get mixed up with the wrong ammo.
  7. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    ^Indeed !!
  8. franchi

    franchi G&G Newbie

    1 dram is the same as 27.5grains. just thought i would throw that out there.
    for shells just buy the winchester or federal universal shells. they come in 100rd bricks for $22. cheaper than winchester AA super handicap at $8 for a 25rd box
  9. nathangdad

    nathangdad G&G Newbie


    it is giving you a measure of the power, the amount of the shot in weight, and the size of the shot pellet.

    You might just translate this into having a normal power range with the right combination of weight and shot size for birds and smaller varmits such as rats or snakes. In the Panhandle of Texas where I live it is common to interchange the terms eight shot and bird shot or simply call it a dove load.

    Yes, you can shoot a 3 inch shell but realize it will be more of a hit on your shoulder when it comes to recoil. I, personally, do not shoot three inch shells for that reason.

    We all have to learn and there are no bad questions from someone wishing to learn.

    Best wishes.
  10. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

  11. stalebiscuit

    stalebiscuit G&G Newbie

    the weight of the projectiles is 1 and 1/8th of an ounce

    8 shot is they type of projectiles/shot used
  12. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

    The #8 is the size of the shot.=.09" or 2.29mm. Shot sizes in birdshot start with BB,which stands for birdshot-buckshot and continue down in size through 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 1/2,8,9,and 12.I believe #8 is as light as you will get in commercial loads.Some handgun shotshells are loaded with #9 or #12.
  13. franchi

    franchi G&G Newbie

    when it comes to shot, the bigger the number the smaller the pellet
  14. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

    Make that birdshot.Buckshot is the opposite. ,,,sam.
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