Here is a list of the most commonly asked questions that we receive about our shotgun shells and other products.  We have tried to answer these as best we can.  We hope the answers help in making your purchasing and performance decisions.  If you feel that there is something that we left out, feel free to give us a call or email us with your own questions or comments.


1) What does 2-2-10 stand for?

2-2-10 refers to the specifications of the shotgun shell.  The first 2 stands for 2 grams equivalent of powder.  The next 2 stands for the amount of shot, which in this case is 2 ounces.  Finally, the 10 stands for the size of the shot. In essence, the name of the shell is nothing more than the specifications of the shotgun shell.

2) What does Match-10 stand for?

Match-10 refers to the specifications of the shotgun shell.  The 10 stands for the size of the shot.  However, the amount of shot is less than that of the 2-2-10's.  The amount of shot in the Match-10 shells is 1 1/4 ounces, rather than 2 ounces like the 2-2-10 shells.

3) What are the primary differences between the Match-10 and the 2-2-10?

As listed above, there are distinct differences between the two types of shells.  These lie in the shot amount, powder charge, and type of pattern that the shell will blow. There is 1 1/4 ounces of shot in the Match-10.  There are two ounces of shot in the 2-2-10 shotgun shells.  The Match-10's shoot at a higher FPS than the 2-2-10's.  That, along with a smaller shot quantity will result in denser patterns. 

4) What shell should I buy?

It all depends on what kind of results that you are looking for. 2-2-10's are more likely to leave bigger patterns than Match-10 and Skeet-9's. You will more likely have fewer ties if you shoot Match-10's.  The patterns are more dense and less distinct than 2-2-10 patterns.  It is up to the preference of the shooter or the shooting match operator.

5) How can I make the shotgun shell shoot at its best?

It is possible to have the choke modified on your gun. By doing so, it could affect the shells in a way that will deliver bigger patterns. However, this is dangerous and can lead to serious injury. We strongly recommend that the shells are shot in an unmodified 12 gauge shotgun for the most consistent results. Cleaning the barrel of the gun after each shot will also help in gaining better performance out of the shotgun shells.

6) What kind of gun can I shoot the shotgun shells in?


You can shoot each type of shotgun shell that we offer in various types of shotguns. However, the shells are designed and meant to be shot in 12 gauge shotguns. Our shells are tested with unmodified 12 gauge shotguns and intended for use with unmodified 12 gauge shotguns.

7) Do you sell shooting accessories?


We do sell some accessories that will be beneficial to shooting match operators and other enthusiasts.  The accessories are mainly cleaning brushes and targets.  Be sure to click on the "shooting supplies" page to see details.

8) How old must I be to purchase ammunition?

Federal law requires that you must be at least 18 years old to purchase shotgun ammunition.   For safety reasons, we cannot accept returns on ammunition.  Check your local laws before ordering.

9) How can I pay for my order?

You can pay for your order using several methods.  You can pay with cash, major credit card, personal check, or C.O.D..  For more details click on the "ordering information" page.  This will cover everything you need to know about placing and paying for your order.

10) Do you sell any other type of ammunition?

At this time we only sell the three types of shotgun shells listed on this website:  2-2-10, Match-10, & Skeet-9.  There are currently no plans in place to manufacture any other type of shotgun shell or ammunition.

11) How do you ship your products?

At this time we ship our packages through the United Parcel Service (UPS). We ship larger orders by various trucking companies.

12) How long does it take to receive my order?

It depends on where you are located.  We ship our packages from Virginia.  If you are located in the south-eastern part of the U.S.  it should only take two to three days.  For orders farther west and in California it usually takes 5 business days.  To obtain an exact shipping amount to your area, please ask a customer service representative.  They will be able to provide  more detailed information regarding your shipment.

13) How many shotgun shells come in a box?

There are 25 shotgun shells per box. There are 20 boxes in a full case. There are 10 boxes in a half case, often referred to as a "flat".

14) How many shotgun shells come in a case?

There are 20 boxes of shotgun shells in a full case. There are 10 boxes in a half case (flat).  Therefore, there are 500 shotgun shells in a case. There are 250 shotgun shells in a half case (flat).

15) Can I buy shotgun shells individually?


No, you can only purchase shells in a box, half-case, or case quantities.  Shells are not sold individually.  You can purchase brushes individually though.  Cardboard targets are sold in lots of 100, or you can purchase an entire case (Quantity of 3000).

16) Why does the phone operator say Direct Sports when I call?

Wagner Shells, Inc. t/a Eastern Gun & Supply Company is under the same ownership of Direct Sports, Inc..  When you call, just mention what type of shooting product that you would like, and a telephone operator will be happy to assist you.

17) What are Wagner Shells?

The shotgun shells that we produce are often referred to as Wagner Shells.  It has been a common nickname given to our shells since they were first introduced in the mid-1930's by Oscar Wagner.  From that point, Oscar's son,  Paul Wagner grew the company into what it is today. 

18) What are your hours of operation?

We are open to take orders via telephone Monday through Friday 9am - 8 pm.  Our phone lines are open on Saturday 9am-Noon.  We are closed on Sunday.  You are welcome to visit our retail location Tuesday through Friday 9am - 5pm.  You can also visit the retail location on Saturday 9am - Noon. Our retail location is closed on Sunday and Monday.  You are welcome to fax or mail your order at any time of the day, any day of the week.

19) What if I need more information?


Give us a call at 1-800-456-0072.   

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