Glad you heard some. I was out all weekend north of DeBeque and didn't even see a elk and only 5 deer. The friend of mine that I was with couldn't figure it out but we came to the conclusion that the elk were midway on the mountain and not on the top like they usually are. But it looks like he may have his work cut out for him when he heads out on the muzzle loader hunt.
We did see tons of blue grouse (I refuse to call the dusky) with a lot of juvinals in the flocks. We also got a few pictures of bears and a mountain lion on his trai cam. I can say one thing that cat has been eatting well, he was a huge one.
What does "gauge" mean anyway? As used here gauge means the number of round lead balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel (aka the bore) that it would take to weigh one pound. It takes 12 lead balls the same diameter as a 12 gauge barrel to weigh a pound. The smaller 20 gauge would require 20 balls of that barrel diameter. The larger bore 12 gauge would require 12 lead balls of the bore diameter to weigh one pound.
In general the number of pellets in a shotgun shell...