Guns And Ammo Q&A

Dear Dave,

I have in my possession an Imperial Ammo catalogue from 1978.

On page three it has a chart listing standard lead shot sizes, pellets per ounce, etc. The three largest shot sizes are SG, also known as 1 Buck, SSG also known as 0 Buck, and spec SSG also known as 00 Buck.

My question is, what does the SG or SSG designation stand for?

Also, do you know where a fellow can get a chart that gives the number of pellets per ounce for steel shot?

Thanking you in advance for your time and effort, look forward to reading your column in each issue.

Kind regards,

Stewart Godfrey

Caronport, Sask.

 

 

Dear Mr. Godfrey,

The consensus, from what I’ve read, is SG stands for “small game” and SSG for “special small game.” Eventually, it just became an arbitrary naming system. I’ve also heard of SSSG, SSSSG and even SSSSSG. Apparently there was, at one time, an LG (large game) load, roughly equivalent to 0000 buck, loaded by British ammunition makers. The British must have had a different concept of small versus large game than we do today.

I found a chart of steel shot pellet and this is listed below.

 

3/4

15/16

1

1 1/8

1 1/4

1 3/8

1 1/2

1 9/16

1 5/8

7

316

395

422

475

527

580

633

659

685

6

236

295

315

354

394

433

472

492

512

5

182

228

243

273

304

334

364

380

395

4

144

180

192

216

240

264

288

300

312

3

118

143

158

178

197

217

237

247

257

2

94

117

125

141

156

172

187

195

203

1

77

97

103

116

129

142

154

161

167

BB

54

67

72

81

90

99

108

112

117

BBB

46

58

62

70

77

85

93

97

101

T

39

49

52

58

65

71

78

81

84

F

30

37

40

45

50

55

60

62

65

 

Best regards,

Dave Anderson

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