Watch: Firing a Homemade Muzzleloading 1.5 Gauge Shotgun

(Photo: Robert G. Vogel)

(Photo: Robert G. Vogel)

Facebook user Robert G. Vogel recently posted a video with his “new favorite gun,” a homemade muzzleloading shotgun.

The bore size? 1.5 gauge.

  • Weight: 47.5 pounds
  • Shot charge: 11 ounces
  • Powder charge: 650 grains of black powder

The old-fashioned duck hunting guns he refers to were called “punt guns” and they could really devastate a flock of ducks on the water. That was before commercial duck hunting was outlawed.

The shot pretty much erased the target, and knocked hell out of Mr. Vogel at the same time. He staggers back a couple steps, but keeps smiling just the same.

Better him than me, I think. But if offered the chance, I would shoot it.

Would you?

Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started… [Learn More]


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