|For an overview of shotgun shells, see shotgun shell.|
"Gauge" is used to describe the bore size of a shot-firing weapon. Although bore sizes range incrementally from 1.5 up to 32 (with an aberrant 67.5 topping the scale), 10, 12, and 20 gauge (aside from the .410 shotgun that measures in caliber) are the most common bore sizes, with 12 gauge leading the group in popularity. Most civil, police, and military shotguns are 12 gauge weapons. A 12 gauge shotgun has a bore size of 18.53mm (.729", or 72 caliber).
The gauge number is the number of lead balls of that gun's bore diameter that would weigh a pound. The smaller the number, the larger the bore.
Sizes of shot is the individual lead or steel pellets that are fired from the weapon, which vary as well. The most common combat load is 00 shot, pronounced "double-aught." A typical 12 gauge shotgun shell loaded with 00 Shot contains nine to fifteen pellets (nine for standard, 12 or 15 for magnum shells). Each pellet is 8.4 mm in diameter (0.33" or 33 caliber) and weighs 3.45 grams.
These Buckslayer Shure Shot 12 gauge shells are marked as being 2 3/4" shells using 0 buckshot. The shells are produced by the Purebore ammunition company and come packaged in red and green boxes.
- Standard shotgun shells
Known by default
Shotgun shell (12)
- Ultracite shotgun shells
Learned from plan/recipe
Plan: Prime combat shotgun receiver OR
Plan: Prime double-barrel shotgun receiver OR
Plan: Prime pump action shotgun receiver
Ultracite shotgun shell (48)
Weapons using this ammunition
- Crafted at a tinker's workbench.
- Purchased at an Ammo Converter at rate of 12 standard shells for 150 AmmoPoints.
With the Ammosmith perk or Ammo Factory legendary perk, the crafted amount of rounds increases incrementally, coinciding with the perk's added percentages, crafting more rounds for the same amount of materials.