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7 1/2s and 8s mixed

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by revbook, Aug 27, 2012.

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  1. revbook

    revbook Member

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    Other than solving the perenial argument as to which is better, are there any pros or cons to shooting a 50/50(by weight)mix of 7 1/2s and 8s?

    Don in PA
     
  2. slide action

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    Remington offered a load of mixed shot size a long time ago(think it was in the 80s) They called it a "Duplex" load. It never really caught on. The theory was the larger shot would lead in the pattern offering a longer shot string and widen the pattern slightly while providing extra energy on the leading edge. Not sure it worked but a few people I knew shot them for awhile.
     
  3. shot410ga

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    Shoot reclaimed. That stuff has every size in it. Seems to break targets.
     
  4. Unknown1

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    What's the value of a slightly longer shot string? It's moving so fast compared to the target that it's passed the target before the target has moved any appreciable distance into it. Besides, if the bigger shot is at the front (which it won't all be if the shot is just mixed) it will quickly move back into the shot cloud because of its bigger size and greater wind resistance.

    Keller
     
  5. Tron

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    What?
     
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    Don't make a sh1t'n difference......
     
  7. Unknown1

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    Which word is too big for you, Tron?

    Read Dr. A.C. Jones book and then we'll continue the exchange.

    Keller
     
  8. slide action

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    The bigger shot does cath esistance but, it does offer extra velocity for a few yards at first before the air works on it. To my way of thinking that advantage would bleed of pretty fast. I didn't think the Duplex load was all it was cracked up to be but, the engineers at Remington are smarter than I am about all that stuff I guess. Anyway I never saw the advantage(for me anyway) and only tried a couple of boxes of them.
     
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    I've got some of those Remingtons out in the ammo room. I never saw anything about them to stand out in the rain and cheer about. I had a shooting buddy that used to mix 7 1/2's and 9's together. Never saw anything out of his shooting to make me want to switch. I just use 7 1/2's just about for everything.
     
  10. Tron

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    The wind resistance will have a greater effect on the smaller shot. While the size of your shot has changed, the size of the air molecules have not and remain constant. It's a scientific fact.
     
  11. hmb

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    The big shot will lead the way while the 8s will draft in behind the 7 1/2s. HMB
     
  12. 1oldtimer

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    7-1/2s all the way. Problem solved.
    Clyde
     
  13. stokinpls

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    Hmb, at what point do the 7 1/2s pull out of the draft for the "slingshot"? ;-)
     
  14. Scott Johnson

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    Try measuring your shot, in a bag of 7.5's there are a lot of 8's, not all pellets measure 7.5, in West Coast magnum shot 7.5's they vary from 8's to a hair larger than 7.5. And they are some of the best, I have had bags of Northwest magnum 8's run from # 10 to a hair bigger than 7.5's and Northwest is very soft. Scott
     
  15. Jawhawker

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    You get a mix in every bag you buy.
     
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    Good video on shot string. see link. Mark
     
  17. Stl Flyn

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    I shoot all 8 1/2's for 16. That way they go out there like a herd of sheep. They all take turns leading, and falling behind, but they stay together in a group.LOL
     
  18. Dr.Longshot

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    bigger is better at least in shot

    Gary Bryant
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  19. schneep

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    Nice clean reclaimed from Leadminer solves all the problems
     
  20. wayneo

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    When this came up a few years ago I posted some pics of patterns I tried with a 50/50 mix. Patterns were horrible, 20 inch and 30 inch pellet count dropped, fliers everywhere, large holes in the patterns. JMO. Your gun/choke/shell, might produce great patterns.

    Wayne
     
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