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Most of the 8 gauge shotguns and ammo I've seen have been industrial stuff. I guess they are used a lot in coal fired power plants and other industrial coal powered pplants to break up the clinkers the develope when the burning coal fuses together. Check out the Remington website. They actually have pictures of the gun and descriptions of the ammo. If I remember correctly its under industrial on the side menu. I actually have an 8 gauge loaded shell in my shotgun shell collection.
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They are legal but I believe the migratory bird act made hunting with anything larger than a ten guage illegal. Many manufacturers made them at the time, You can still find new black powder 8 guage guns from time to time. I know a guy that hunts ducks with one and the warden turns a blind eye, probably cause it takes him an eternity to load the thing
 

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Not legal for hunting anything in Wisconsin. Most states don't allow anything larger than a 10 ga. Migratory birds can not be hunted with them any where in US.
 

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The 10 gauge 3-1/2 inch magnum actually fires a standard 8 gauge load.
 

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Standard 10 gauge loads used to be 2-7/8", but I don't think they are made anymore. I haven't seen any in years.
 

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8 gauge magnum

I actually get paid to shoot a 8 gauge Winchester magnum at work LOL

I am an operator at a Rotary Lime Kiln. 12 foot diameter 250 feet long lined with fire brick.

We shoot the hard buildup off the bricks or the ocasional large balls formed

It is on a roll around platform has hand cranks for adjustment and is actually bore sighted, pull chain for firing.

looks like a small artillery piece.

When we fire it we have actually fired 500 rounds almost non stop(brush the barrel out occasionaly)
It has a air fitting on the barrel shroud for cooling.

8 gauge 31/2" magnum 3 oz solid lead slug

Winchester rep comes in and inspects the gun every so often , every few years we ship it back and get a new one.
 

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It would be legal for upland hunting in this state---but have fun humping that thing through the corn fields. I'll take my 20ga--thank you.

There's no road hunting here either---so you WILL walking with it.
 

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I have a reprint of a 1902 sears catalog. It only has one 8 gauge listed. It looks like they only offered a single shot break open at that time. I think it was such a niche weapon, for market duck hunting, that the average man wasn't likely to want one. They only offered a relatively inexpensive single shot for the odd person who desired one, and didn't put too much overhead into stocking a wide selection. Even the 10 gauge wasn't too terribly popular then, back when lead shot was legal.

As an aside, I can remember an article in some NRA magazine about a british guy who made a two gauge single shot goose gun. In england the gauge restrictions weren't as stringent as here, so the waterfowl got wary and english gunners went to eight and four bore guns to reach out and touch them farther off. The two gauge fired something like a 16 ounce proof load! I wouldn't want to shoot it!
 
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