Shotguns can kaboom just like any firearm can.
Faulty loaded ammunition can be the death to a fine shotgun.
These seven shotgun kabooms send these weapons to their doom.
7. This skeet shooter had a nasty surprise waiting for him...
6. Squib art
A seasoned duck hunter evidently had a dud (squib) shotgun shell jam a wad in his shotgun barrel. The next shot made this work of destructive art.
5. Well that was once a really nice classic shotgun...
4. This shotgun was a total loss from a badly loaded shell.
3. Now that is indeed a sad and scary sight.
2. Where there's smoke...
Never fire modern smokeless shotshells in a Damascus or twist steel barrel. This is certainly what happened here in a black powder only vintage shotgun.
1. The shotgun wad never made it out of the barrel.
The next load slammed into it and shredded the barrel.
In the end many shotgun kabooms can be avoided. Never place a 20 gauge shotshell into a 12 gauge weapon. That smaller shell will lodge in the barrel and a 12 gauge shell can fire into that live shell. Then you have a hand grenade.
Also, any barrel obstructions from squib ammunition must be addressed before you fire again.
Never fire reloaded ammunition unless it is your carefully constructed loads or from a very reputable source. Be careful and that shotgun will survive generations and you will keep your fingers. Now that is certainly a win.
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