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[–] Thjoth 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

It's completely against normal nomenclature to refer to the pellets as bullets. They're called either "pellets" or "shot." Shot is, I suppose, the more correct of the two, but both are fine. "Bullet" is specifically when a gun shoots a single, solid projectile that isn't a round ball. Well, except for shotguns, when a shotgun shoots a single lead projectile it's called a slug. So basically you never use the word "bullet" with a shotgun, even when it seems like you should.


[–] o_V_o [S] 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Thanks. Do you have a link to any official documentation of this? A lot of this argument is hinged on the most base definition of "bullet": A bullet is a projectile propelled by a firearm, sling, slingshot, or air gun


[–] Thjoth 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Here's a link


a. A solid projectile designed to be discharged from a firearm or cannon.

b. pl. shot Such projectiles, especially when fired in clusters, considered as a group.

c. pl. shot Tiny lead or steel pellets, especially ones used in a shotgun cartridge.

d. One of these pellets.

Bullet is never used with a shotgun, it's always shot. The reason is that the round ball fired by a smoothbore musket or cannon was commonly known as round shot, or just shot for short. Shotguns are the only smoothbore firearms still in widespread use, so their projectiles are still called shot. It's even right in their name, "shot"gun. While "bullet" was also used starting in the 16th century, it completely overtook the word "shot" with the advent of rifling and the minie ball projectile.

And for what it's worth, you've got a dozen people that collectively have decades or even centuries of firearms experience in this thread saying that the word "bullet" is never used with a shotgun, so that should also count for something for your coworkers as well.