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Shotshell Identification

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by MaterDei, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    I just KNOW that this is probably one of those questions that you guys who hang out in the shotgun area see all of the time. I did a few searches but came up empty.

    I've got an assortment of 12 ga. shotshells laying around and I'm trying to ID them. For example, one is red, marked with the Hornady 'H' and says 'Buckshot', 2 3/4, and 70MM. How am I to know what type of buckshot this is?

    I've got another that is a Winchester AA 'super-handicap' 1 1/8 - 8.

    I've got others with the word 'DRAM' on them.

    The Remington's that I have are the only ones clearly marked 000BK.

    So what I'm looking for is some sort of guide that will help me decipher these.

    If you just want to point me to a previous thread that would be just fine too.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. jojo200517

    jojo200517 Well-Known Member

    The Hornady is a bit of a mystery for me. The 70mm part just is metric for 2 3/4.

    The winchester AA is a birdshot shell, number 8 shot 1 1/8 ounces of shot.

    DRAM is the measurement of the powder in the shells, I'm sure a reloader on here can explain it in more detail than I can.

    Those remingtons marked 000BK are tripple aught buckshot (shoot some if you enjoy big recoil)

    If ya can throw up pictures of the others it might help id them.
  3. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    The "Dram equivalent" measurment on shotgun shells is a unit of measurement, a way to describe the power of a particular load and is based on black powder and not related directly to the amount of smokeless powder used in modern shotgun shells.

    A Dram is a unit of weight in the U.S. Customary System equal to !/16 of an ounce or 27.34 grains (1.77 grams).

    A "4 DRAM" equivalent load stamped on a shotgun shell box or the shell itself means that the shell is equivalent in power and velocity to a load using 4 DRAMS of black powder regardless of how much actual smokeless powder is used.
  4. Odd Job

    Odd Job Well-Known Member

    Mater Dei check my signature, best place to ask about any kind of cartridge.
  5. _DMC

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