The Gun Nut: African Shooting Lessons

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A humorous blog post from Dave Petzal:

If you are not familiar with the 8-bore, it shoots a 1,250-grain conical bullet at about 1,500 fps, or an 860-grain round ball at 1,650 fps ….. This year, one of the .375 shooters got the chance to try it, and asked me if he should.

“Sure,” I said, “it will take you into a whole new world of pain that you never dreamed of.”

The round ball shot out of an 8 bore has a diameter on .820 inches! That is just over 20mm!

In one of the comments ThreePutt wrote:

“You teach a good lesson: One mans kick is another mans recoil.”

Very well said, I could not put it better myself!

Some of the other comments pointed out the dangers of both perceived recoil (how bad it feels to you) and actual recoil. I recommend reading the comments.

Below if a picture of an 8-bore rifle, it may be a Greener, but I am not sure:

8 Bore Rifle




Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Chris

    I want one even if I have to penny pinch to get one. I have wanted one as long as I can remember and let me tell you, I’ve never wanted any other gun more. That rifle above I believe is by W.W. Greener but I can’t be sure. Whatever it is it sure is a beautiful and have to get one! I can imagine it wouldn’t be super painful because of the really low velocity.

  • Charlie

    The hammerless 8-Bore pictured above is in fact a W.W. Greener. The picture is actually from Greener’s book “The Gun and Its Development.” There is a caption in the book about a 13 lb. 8-Bore owned by a Mr. A. Henry of Saigon which explains a picture of a 147 shot grouping inside a 12 inch target at 110 yards fired at various times. The gun used for this grouping fired a spherical ball backed by 10 drams of black powder. The picture of this grouping is literally on the next page after the picture above, and I believe the 13 lb gun with 22″ barrels pictured could be the same rifle that made the grouping.