Loading Spinner

16 Gauge Shotguns

New shotgun calibers are rarely introduced, unlike new rifle and pistol calibers. Rather, the shotgun maintains a steady standard of only a handful of options, and among these is the 16 gauge.

The 16 gauge is one of the lesser-appreciated and underrated cartridges. However, shotguns in 16 gauge offer an excellent compromise of both power and lower recoil. They are often much lighter than the 12 gauge and make excellent upland bird-hunting shotguns.

The 16 gauge was long considered a gentleman’s caliber made for the sport of bird hunting. It is considerably more powerful than the 20 gauge, but easier for smaller shooters to handle than the 12 gauge. The popularity of the 16 gauge has waned in the United States, but has remained fairly high throughout Europe.


Quick Facts

  • The decline of the 16 gauge for American shooters is largely believed to be the cause of a lack of a 16-gauge class in skeet shooting in the United States
  • The 16 gauge originated from old black powder hunting rifles since a 16 gauge ball weighed exactly one ounce and the smooth bore barrel could be used as an effective fowling piece
  • Browning revealed an updated Sweet Sixteen Browning A-5 at the 2016 Shot Show

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

Factory Game Scene Engraved Simson Sidelock Over/Under Shotgun
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
Factory Game Scene Engraved Simson Sidelock Over/Under Shotgun
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$2,0000 Bids
C. FRANZ KELLER A 16-BORE/20-BORE PINFIRE LEFAUCHEUX SYSTEM COMBINATION GUN
May 01, 10:00 AM BST
C. FRANZ KELLER A 16-BORE/20-BORE PINFIRE LEFAUCHEUX SYSTEM COMBINATION GUN
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
STEVENS 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN MODEL 94C.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
STEVENS 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN MODEL 94C.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $75- $125
$300 Bids
Gebruder Merkel 16 Gauge Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun Two Barr
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Gebruder Merkel 16 Gauge Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun Two Barr
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,750- $4,750
$2,2500 Bids
Engraved Charles Lancaster Sidelock Over/Under Shotgun with Case
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Engraved Charles Lancaster Sidelock Over/Under Shotgun with Case
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $5,000- $8,000
$4,5000 Bids
**F-Grade Lefever Arms Company SxS Hammerless Shotgun with Twist Steel Barrels
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
**F-Grade Lefever Arms Company SxS Hammerless Shotgun with Twist Steel Barrels
by Hindman
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$1,2000 Bids
ITHACA FLETCHER SPECIAL SXS 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
ITHACA FLETCHER SPECIAL SXS 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell 16 Gauge Shotguns


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

Hindman

Hindman

Gavin Gardiner Limited

Gavin Gardiner Limited