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Does a 12 gauge shoot with the same velocity and energy as a 16, 20, 28, or .410 with the same size load?

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Velocities are very similar across standard shotgun loads in all gauges, resulting in the same per-pellet energy for a given pellet size. Total pattern energy is dependent on payload weight, which varies with the capacity of the given gauge. The heavier the payload, the higher the overall energy available.

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