Main reason people use bay dogs is because their sole duty is to strike a track and find the hog then hold the hog at bay until you arrive with a catch dog or a gun or whatnot. There is a breed that does boh strike and catch and that's the argentine dogo and they're expensive plus silent on track. They do not bark at all so you still need a bay dog to tell you where the hog is at. A silent bay/catch dog won't live long bec they get cut up while holding the hog and you're wasting time using a tracking device on the dog or waiting to hear the commotion. They can often overheat and you wouldn't know it. With that being said, I know a few dogos and they're what I want in a catch dog bec they have more stamina than a pit bull or american bulldog.
silent dosent mean silent til catch to me it means silent til the game is jumped. or in sight! that seems to be a big misconception in the world of dog hunting. i like a little mouth and don't know many people that are hunting many different breeds that don't like a dog to give a little to help keep up with them. and don't get me wrong i do keep a catch dog but most of the time unless the hog is big the plotts i'm running dont need his help to catch. granted i do have my fair share of dogs that are cut from time to time but that is going to happen in the buisness of hog hunting
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...