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For an overview of shotgun shell in the Fallout series of games, see shotgun shell.
Shotgun shell
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The shotgun shell is an ammunition type in Fallout 3.


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The most common type of shotgun shell, 12 gauge rounds are the de facto standard for shotguns across the wasteland, corresponding to an 18.53mm/.729 bore. Purebore ammunition is the most popular and most durable shell brand to hit the wastelands after the Great War, loaded with leaden pellets that can take down humans, mutants, and monstrosities with equal ease. All shells have a print reminding the users that they are not for use by children under 3. Shoot responsibly![1]


A common ammunition type used by all enemies who employ scatterguns. Particularly useful in conjunction with the combat shotgun.

Weapons using this ammunition


Shotgun shells seem to be found in almost every container possible. They can be found mostly in filing cabinets, Enclave crates, and are rarely found in desks. Almost every merchant has a good supply of shells, even scavengers and junk traders sometimes may have them in their inventory. The average amount you will find inside random containers is around 10, while the Scrounger perk will grant you up to 46 shells in case of high-leveled ammunition boxes. Also, gore bags are a useful but somewhat rare ammunition source, giving you good amounts of ammunition (average 24, up to 60 with the Scrounger perk). If you get around Evergreen Mills, Smiling Jack in the Bazaar will have around 70 of them in his inventory, if you want to steal some ammunition with no karma loss.



  1. Item description in Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics: "{9500}{}{12 ga. Shotgun Shells}"
    "{9501}{}{Shotgun ammunition. This particular ammo is marked: "12-gauge shells, not for use by children under the age of 3."}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2), Items.txt)