# What's bigger than a 12 gauge?

**gauge**number means the internal diameter of the barrel is smaller. A smaller

**gauge**number means the internal diameter of the barrel is

**bigger**. For example, a

**12**-

**gauge**bore is

**bigger than**a 20-

**gauge**bore.

Consequently, what is bigger 12 gauge or 20?

A **20 gauge** is smaller **than a 12 gauge**, so more lead balls in the diameter of the gore, would be required to add up to one pound. Common **gauges**: 10 **gauge** = 10 balls; **12 gauge** = **12**; 16 **gauge** = 16; **20 gauge** = **20**.

**largest shotgun**is a 4-

**gauge**. The . 410

**shotgun**, the smallest, is an exception to the rule: It's actually a . 410-

**caliber**-- it has a .

One may also ask, which is bigger 12 gauge or 410?

In short, the smaller the **gauge** of a shotgun, the **larger** the bore diameter. This is why a 10 **gauge** shotgun has a **larger** diameter than a **12 gauge** shotgun, which has a **larger** diameter than a 20 **gauge** shotgun, etc. **410** of an inch diameter) as opposed to a **gauge** number.

**Gauge** is determined by the number of lead balls equal in diameter to the barrel that it would take to weigh one pound. In a **12 gauge**, which has a barrel diameter of . Likewise, for a **16 gauge**, which has a barrel diameter of . 662 inches, it would take **16** lead balls to equal a pound.