Paraphrased because I can’t find the actual quote at the moment, but seen elsewhere:
Handguns put holes in bodies.
Rifles put holes through bodies.
Shotguns, at the proper range and with the proper load, remove significant portions of bodies and splatter those portions all over the ground.
I’m advised that quote is from Clint Smith, President and Director of Thunder Ranch. And I think that’s a pretty fair assessment.