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7 1/2's or 8's

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by royboy, Jun 20, 2011.

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  1. royboy

    royboy Member

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    7 1/2

    Seriously SEVEN & ONE HALFS OR EIGHTS???????
     
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    I feel strongly both ways.
     
  4. shutnlar

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    8 1/2s

    Larry
     
  5. kd185

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    great question
    does anyone know what the effective range of a #8 is versus a #7 1/2
    most people have there own theory but nothing to support the theory other than feeling
    anyone?
     
  6. ric3677

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    I am a firm believer in 7 and 1/2's for Handicap...but I am forced to reside on the 27 for at least one more year. I also know a few that shoot 8's there also. Most of my friends, use the heavier shot.

    I also think that if you believe that your load works.....it does.

    Rick in Mt.
     
  7. Auctioneer

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    Mix them together.
     
  8. chipking

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    Read somewhere that if you apply a "requirement" that the remaining energy of a single pellet be 1 ft/lb and launch both at 1200fps then 7 1/2s will fall below that point at ~44 yards and 8s will fall below that point at ~42 yards. Lyman #5 lists the max effective range as 40 yards for 8s and 42 yards for 7 1/2s.

    Now you figure in the fact that in a 1 1/8oz load of each there are ~ 18% more number 8s in the pattern which give you a higher probability of a hit.

    Which all means (drum-roll please) Shoot what ever works best for you and Don't Worry About It ;o)

    --- Chip King ---
     
  9. Jim101

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    It only matters in your grey matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!1





    Jim
     
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    Since it is energy imparted by the shot to the target that causes it to break, consider this. If a 7 1/2 is traveling at 1200pfs and an 8 at 1250fps which is going to impart the most energy at 40yds.

    Robert
     
  11. CLP101

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    8's work for me. I tried 8.5's, but I wasn't breaking them as well. Got alot of bumps without breaking. If you really want to crush em use #4's.
     
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    If 7.5s are good from the 27 yard line, they should be devastating from the 16 yard line.
     
  13. smsnyder

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    Anyone try popcorn loads? LOL
     
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    You have to add M&M's to the popcorn for yardage loads. But not the green ones as they disappear in a tree background.
     
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    #6 copper clads work just great from anywhere

    Phil berkowitz
     
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    Didn't the winner of the $100K run an incredible score from the 27, including the shoot-off, using light 8's? Regards, Ed
     
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    Ed, You are correct. He won with l l/8 oz. load @ 1145 fps loads loaded with #8 shot from the 27 yard line. Oh Yeh, I use 8 l/2's for most of my shooten as well. Break-em all Jeff
     
  19. Stl Flyn

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    I would bet that if a shooter was given the different shells to shoot, without knowing the difference. There would be none. At 16 yd. I would rather throw more shot then bigger shot (8 1/2). Handicap would be the same theory. The kinetic energy lost by less shot pellet weight would be more than made up by even one extra shot pellet hitting the target.
     
  20. Avaldes

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    But what about the lower drag on the #8's? They have a smaller frontal area so they have less drag...
     
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