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12 gauge ammo is a very popular caliber for hunters as well as shooters seeking an effective home defense round. While 1 1/8 ounces is considered the standard load for 12 gauge shooters, you can typically find 12 gauge ammo loaded in a variety of weights with rounds traditionally containing either steel or lead projectiles.

12 Gauge Buckshot, Skeet Loads, and Other Hunting Shells

We work hard to keep a great supply of 12 gauge ammo in-stock here at AmmoMan.com. From 000 buckshot for deer hunting or self defense to smaller pellets ideal for trapshooting, dove hunting, or other types of small game hunting. As always, bulk 12 gauge ammo ships for free from AmmoMan.com no matter what the shell type and will be delivered to your home within days.

Guide to 12 Gauge Shell Sizes

There are a number of different 12 gauge ammo choices out there for shooters that can lead to confusion. If you have a purpose in mind, you can easily use these tables below to figure out what shotgun ammo for sale is the best fit for your purpose. A good rule of thumb is that with birdshot, the larger the number, the smaller the pellets inside the shell and ultimately, the smaller the game you hunt should be. With buckshot, "000" or triple-aught is the largest with six pellets per ounce. This is a large load that can take down fairly large game or serve as a self-defense round if you rely upon a shotgun to protect your home.

Buckshot:

Size Pellets per Ounce - Lead Diameter Ideal Use
000 6 .36" Deer/Defense
00 8 .33" Deer/Defense
0 9 .32" Deer/Defense
1 10 .30" Deer/Defense
2 15 .27" Deer/Defense
3 18 .25" Deer/Defense
4 21 .24" Deer/Defense

Birdshot:

Size Pellets per Ounce - Lead Pellets per Ounce - Steel Ideal Use
BB 50 72 Geese
1 72 103 Geese
2 87 125 Ducks
3 108 158 Ducks
4 135 192 Turkey
5 170 243 Turkey
6 225 315 Squirrel
7 290   Pheasant
7 1/2 350   Quail
8 410 686 Dove
8 1/2 497 N/A Trap
9 585 892 Trap