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Featuring a bore diameter of .835 inches, the 8 gauge shotgun packs a real punch. Since the beginning of the 20th century saw advances in smaller gauge shotguns, the 8 gauge is rarely used.
In the late 1800s, the 8 gauge shotgun was popular for hunting duck and other waterfowl. Though it is illegal for hunting in the United States, it still enjoys occasional use in the United Kingdom.
As shotguns and shells became more efficient in the beginning of the 20th century, the 12 gauge shotgun became more effective for hunting and the large, clumsy 8 gauge became obsolete. It was banned for waterfowl hunting in 1938 by the Federal Firearms Act.
Remington makes a large 8 gauge shotgun called the MasterBlaster, intended to clean and remove build-ups in industrial kilns, mines, silos, boilers and quarries. Remington also makes special zinc slugs for this application.
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