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#8 1/2 for Singles?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by hmb, Mar 28, 2008.

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  1. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    The best. HMB
     
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    8 1/2s will do a nice job at singles...I even shot and won at 25 yards with them.

    I grabbed them by mistake, but they work just fine.
     
  3. BDodd

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    I shoot nothing but 9s at singles - have run some 100s with them.....Bob Dodd
     
  4. tjcutter

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    I shoot 1 ounce of 8 1/2 with an IM choke and it destroys targets out to 22 yards
     
  5. dverna

    dverna Active Member

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    Nice 1 oz (or even 7/8 oz) load from the 16 or first shot of doubles. They allow good pattern density - generally you can get the same number of pellets with a 1/8 ounce reduction in shot weight by reducing shot size by 1/2.

    1 oz of 8 1/2's = 470 --- 1 1/8 oz of 8's = 461
    7/8 oz of 8 1/2's = 411 --- 1 1/8 oz of 7 1/2's = 394



    Don
     
  6. zzt

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    Ken, I think you are heading in the wrong direction. If your barrel and full choke handle 1oz 8 1/2 well, you will be automatically getting a slightly larger pattern than you would with 8s, and definitely a larger sure-kill zone. That may be enough to get you an additional bird every event or two. Using the average Mod choke, won't.

    The more open the choke, the more pellets you need to maintain the required density. If you really think a Modified choke will give you the extra pattern diameter you need to score an additional bird or two, then you'll need 1 1/8oz #9 to go along with it. Otherwise, you are just as likely to lose a well pointed bird due to holes in the too thin pattern as you are to pick up an extra bird because of the wider pattern.
     
  7. jbmi

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    For my 16's I use 1oz. reclaimed lead in Down Range windjammers for practice, 1oz. 8 1/2's in the same wad for local shoots, and 1 1/8oz. 8 1/2's, same wad for state shoots. I reload all of them to fall within the range of 1180-1200fps.
    I like 8 1/2's but see I need to buy some 9's to see just what Bob is talking about.
    Bob, what wad do you use??
     
  8. Neil Winston

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    About 15 years ago Shotgun Sports publisher Frand Kodl won the Clay Target Championship with his IM choked (0.734-0.710) Ljutic and one-ounce Reimington eight-and-a-halfs.

    I've shot eight-and-a-halfs in many, many events since then (almost all 1 1/8 Oz. except for the specialized shells of the first shot in doubles) and never could tell the difference between them and eights through full and IM chokes, either in the breaks or on the scorecard.

    Neil
     
  9. superxjeff

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    8 1/2 are great if you can get them.What Bob Dodd didn't add is that he shots 7/8 oz of 9's and breaks 100's with them. Daro Handy has been shooting 1oz of 8 1/2's for over 30 years for doubles and singles. daro has a saying that applies in this instance( I think) "Most targets you miss you wouldn't have got with 2oz of shot. It's true if you think about it. Most misses are because of a "mistake" a mistake that causes a major miss and not just a miss that if you had been 6 inches closer you would have got it. Jeff
     
  10. shot410ga

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    1 oz - 8.5's is only way to go on the 16. I shoot a IM choke at the 16.
     
  11. jbmOU

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    I have used a lot of 9's for singles with great success. I like the idea of having all those extra pellets out there.
     
  12. famill00

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    I once saw a guy use "#10" shot on a skeet range.....his home made shot maker made really tiny pellets. I shot some of them for singles and they turned targets into smoke. I am convinced that it doesn't matter much what you use for singles.

    Forrest
     
  13. Wayne of PA

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    Actually Neil, I believe Franks win was in 1986. I don't remember what shell he was using but I do remember he was shooting a new Ljutic.

    I haven't used 8 1/2 shot for quite some time but always liked it.

    Dale,
     
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