4 Gauge Shotgun – Because Guns!

I love me some recoil. Both the magazine and the force of a gun as it releases a bullet or pellets. When I shoot one of my Benelli 12-gauge shotguns, it’s like unleashing a thunderbolt. Ditto shooting my Stoeger coach gun. A sore shoulder is a small price to pay for the joy of harnessing such power. That said, I’m not sure I’d enjoy firing a 4 gauge shotgun. But, as someone who used to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, there are times you have to engage in some risky business, if you know what I mean. You game?


  1. avatar jwm says:

    No. Just fuck no.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Three rounds from a 12 gauge = one shot from a 4 gauge, with less pain.

  2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Oh HELL yeah!!!
    So far, the .450 African has kicked my ass the hardest. That was some cartridge.
    10 gauge shotties are fun.
    This would be a hoot!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Nuckin’ Futz. 🙂

    2. avatar 16V says:

      .450 Marlin is kind of an orphan round. The .458 Winchester Grand African is the more popular, as it launches a heavier projectile (25%) at the same, or better velocities.

      (And the .458 doesn’t kick that bad.)

  3. avatar Gunsplain says:

    I love how she humblebrags about weighing 100 pounds.

    She single?

    1. avatar Ddub says:

      Ha! Humblebrag, I like that term. 100 lbs is too light for me though, someone’s gonna get hurt……

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “100 lbs is too light for me though, someone’s gonna get hurt…”

        H’mm. Like *you*, perhaps? 🙂

    2. avatar Nynemillameetuh says:

      A healthy BMI is just unpatriotic! She can call me when she’s pushing 350 lbs and riding a power scooter. Man’s a gotta have standards, after all.

      1. avatar anonymoose says:

        Yeah, 100lbs may be “healthy” if you’re 5’0″, but I prefer taller women, with some meat on their bones.

  4. avatar Ddub says:

    Don’t think I would be effective at hitting anything, but I would pull the trigger if someone else was footing the bill. What’s the worst that could happen?

  5. avatar formerwaterwalker says:

    That’s gonna’ leave a mark. Dinosaur hunting?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Would explain the extinction.

  6. avatar DaveL says:

    It’s like a McDonald’s combo: A quarter-pounder with lead and a large side order of recoil.

  7. avatar jwm says:

    Does kinda put the caliber wars in perspective.

  8. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Shot an 8 bore double once. They guy loaded both barrels as if I might fire twice.

    The recoil pushed the butt plate down my bicep to the elbow and my own right hand busted my nose.

    Of course the dork who owned it was laughing his ass off.

    If i could have shouldered it again, he might have been in trouble.

    No Mas!

  9. avatar Lucas D. says:

    What the hell kind of bird do you hunt with a 4 gauge fowling piece, the mythical Roc?

    1. avatar pieslapper says:


    2. avatar bastiches says:

      The yellow one standing next to the green guy in the garbage can.

      1. avatar Kilo says:

        Winner, winner Big Bird dinner!

    3. avatar 16V says:

      4 (and 2, and below!) were ‘punt guns’ that one mounted on one’s boat, taking out as much of a flock as one could with one shot. People didn’t hold them, they just pulled the trigger.

      When I was a kid in the ’70s, one could still buy an 8 gauge in the Sears catalog… Now, it’s almost impossible to find factory ammo for a 10 gauge. Unless you’re blowing slag off…

      1. avatar Wade says:

        This ???

  10. avatar N8thecowboy says:

    I thought that pretty lady was going to shoot it. I’m a might bit disappointed.

  11. avatar me says:

    Why not? I want a “ma duece” so go big or go home right?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      You don’t take the recoil from an m2 in your shoulder. And then there’s the ammo. .50 bmg ain’t cheap, but I imagine 4 bore is worse.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        OOoo! Can we maybe get a tripod mounted, belt fed, full auto 4-bore? I’d guess it better be suppressed, as well, for fear of distant windows collapsing from fear.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Just look on Amazon for a used Bofors gun.

  12. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    OK, some history of “market” and “punt” guns:

    Before modern hunting regs went into effect, there were “market hunters.” These men would row their boats into estuaries and out onto lakes, and using 2, 4 and 8 gauge shotguns would down hundreds of birds in a day. They’d take them to market (ie, butchers) and would get paid for each bird they brought in.

    Punt guns were the WMD’s of bird hunting. These guns would have huge bores, and often be mounted lengthwise in a small boat (called a ‘punt’). The hunters would have a blind on top of the boat, and work the boat into close proximity to a large gathering of ducks or geese on the water, then let loose with one well-aimed horizontal shot at birds on the water’s surface. This would slaughter dozens of ducks/geese with one shot, which they’d then pull into the boat. They’d pull back and repeat.

    Some market hunters went to town with as many as 300 to 500 ducks/geese in a day. They were slaughtering the great waterfowl flocks in short order – and this was a huge problem.

    Market hunting was outlawed as a result of the 1909 Migratory Waterfowl Act, and these huge-bore shotguns became obsolete quickly. There’s no need to be hauling around a 4 gauge shotgun for waterfowling – the largest sporting shotgun you might see today is an 8 gauge, but even those are very rare. The largest commonly seen shotgun today is a 10 gauge.

    1. avatar 16V says:

      I’m old enough to remember where 8 could still be used on waterfowl. Last I checked, the only factory load for an 8 was from “Remington Industrial Products” and was for use on clearing slag out of an industrial furnace.

    2. avatar jjimmyjonga says:

      …and often done at night. sometimes they would put a lamp in front of a reflector on the bow so it looked like the moon reflection approaching, and sneak up on roosted flocks.

  13. avatar LHW says:

    Be vewy vewy quite, I’m hunting dinasours.

  14. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    But, as someone who used to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, there are times you have to engage in some risky business,
    This gun is to make sure that the perfectly good airplane you are jumping out of isn’t.

  15. I have a Super Vinci. I can take a lot of recoil, but- no thanks to the 4ga. Not into pain.

  16. avatar AR says:

    Go BIG – Nock’s Volley Gun. One barrel? SEVEN barrel’s!


    1. avatar Ing says:

      I so want one of those. I’m a huge fan of Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe series. Sgt. Harper strides through the fields of my imagination with that gun.

  17. avatar Wade says:

    I remember seeing these types of shotguns in Arkansas back in the 90’s. The 4 gauge shotgun is 40mm in diameter. It is a rediculous looking shell that gets shoved in to he breach of these guns. Where I saw these guns was at a gun shop that specialized in antique and high end firearms. The shop owned ammunition for them and was selling it by the round. The two “punt” guns that I saw were owned by a man who had a swivel type of mount of mount in the bow of his boat. Though I don’t recall if he hunted with them or not I know he shot them still. Nobody there seemed to bat an eye. I was only 13 at the time. This seemed quite far and away above any type of gun I had seen at that point in my life. I know some of you guys are making references to the M2 Browning .50 machine gun. Guys the 4 gauge makes the .50 Browning look like a .223 beside a 12 gauge. It is really something to see if you have not.

  18. avatar TruthTellers says:

    I’d love a 4 gauge smoothbore percussion black powder shotgun. Loaded with buckshot, it’s like a small cannon filled with grapeshot, loaded with round ball, it’s an elephant gun to everything within 50 yards. Yeah, I’d have to buy a can of 1F powder, but after shooting it half a dozen times, that can of powder will be empty so it won’t be taking up space in my cabinet.

  19. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Why wouldn’t something like this have been used in military application?

    I’m thinking antipersonnel attacks or defense like in WWI iver the top charges, or even in 1980s style Iran-Iraq War where they just threw waves of soldiers at each other.

    Maybe the barrel could be reshaped into more of a delta shape, to induce a more horizontal spread?

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  20. avatar The Original JohnO says:

    The Cody museums are awesome.

  21. avatar Tom W. says:

    It was simply designed to down the entire formation of Canadian Geese in 1 shell.

    No follow up necessary. And the altitude didn’t matter. Also used as a back up Anti Aircraft gun. ;-0

  22. avatar Paul says:

    I would pay to have Gersh Kuntzman fire it. The prose would be hysterical.

  23. avatar Rem870 says:

    Wow, what is the purpose of this monster shotgun? 🙂

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