Watch: Firing a Homemade Muzzleloading 1.5 Gauge Shotgun


Watch: Firing a Homemade Muzzleloading 1.5 Gauge Shotgun

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?

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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 toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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