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8-1/2 shot?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by slide action, Jun 13, 2012.

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  1. slide action

    slide action Well-Known Member

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    Just wondered how many are using #8-1/2 shot. I used to use it a lot on 16 yd.targets. Especially when I was shooting both trap and skeet,because I loaded it in the 12 and 20 for skeet loads. I don't shoot skeet in competion anymore(haven't since I retired from the Air Force) and don't shoot 16 yd. much. With shot as high as it is I've been using reclaimed shot for my 16 yd. stuff and # 8s for caps. Eight and a halfs seemed to be popular for awhile but don't see people using it much now. 1 oz. of hard 8-1/2s sure turns 16 yard clays into dust balls!
     
  2. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    7-1/2's for all trap disciplines....just keeping it simple.

    Kinetics...it's all about kinetics.

    Curt

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  3. bkt514

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    I like to use it for the first shot of Doubles......7/8 oz. 8.5's @ 1200 fps. I have several friends who use it at the 16 yd line also...
     
  4. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    7/8 of 8 1/2's also..
     
  5. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    I use 1 1/8oz of 8 1/2's with the 8 petal DownRange Fig8 wad and 19.3gn of Green Dot in a STS hull with W209 primer. Shot out of my 682 Gold E with Wrights Full choke it grinds targets to smithereens when I do my part.
     
  6. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Matt, you're subjecting your shoulder to a tad more punishment than necessary buddy!

    Harem Crampbull
     
  7. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Matt, have you tried Longshot powder?

    (Grin)
     
  8. over the hill

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    I shot new Gold Medals with 1oz. of 81/2 years ago for short Hdcp. and they worked well.

    However, in a windy situation, you might be better off with larger shot.



    Regards.....Gerald
     
  9. grntitan

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    Fellas that RAD II on the end of my stock knows no pain. It's as soft shooting as a 7/8oz. Got it covered. :)
     
  10. Stl Flyn

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    What you said! 1 oz. 8 1/2's smoke targets. Why waste lead?
     
  11. whiz white

    whiz white Strong Supporter of Trapshooting Banned

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    I won a handicap event at the Grand American my first year shooting with 8½'s.

    I shoot Federal Paper Extra-Lite 8½'s, well at least what's left in my inventory. They quit making them.

    I also shoot 8's from the 27 and have for over 35 years. Works for me... but I shoot damn quickly.

    WW
     
  12. Rebel Sympathy

    Rebel Sympathy Well-Known Member

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    I like 8-1/2's very much.

    Mike
     
  13. Jawhawker

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    I have since 74'. A shooter of somewhat noteworthy ability, Roger Smith was a fan of them for 16's.
     
  14. FRedmon

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    Broke my 1st 100 and first 199 with 8.5's.........Hall Of Fame at the NC Homegrounds...

    Used 1 1/8 - clays I believe.....

    FRedmon
     
  15. RunGunIPSC

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    8 1/2 shot for 7/8 12 ga loads. I use the Win Grey wad,16.3-16.5 Clays,no more than that & not less. AA or STS hull,Win Primer
     
  16. X2 fan

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    Yep. 1 0z of them for 16's and 1st shot in doubles. Shot my first (and to date, only) 100 straight with them.

    Tim
     
  17. Hammer1

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    Locally #8½ shot is only available at the Sportsman's Warehouse which charges $43 per 25 pound bag for any size of chilled shot.

    Whereas #7½ and #8 shot can be bought at the local trap club for $22 per bag.

    If the #8½ shot were likewise $22, I'd probably test it for 16 yard Singles and the first shot on Doubles.

    To the extent that I have used #8½ shot for those purposes, I have found it interesting and worthy of further experimentation.


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  18. SevenMaryThree

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    I love them in my 28 gauge. In the big gun it's 7. 5s for anything that matters
     
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    Carl: We were all good shots in the '70s. Even Pheasantmaster was a somewhat notable shooter and poker player!

    Bob Gibson
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  20. notquite27

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    I've been loading 3/4 oz. of 8-1/2's with CB's new 1075 3/4 oz. wad for 16 yd. practice for a couple of months. My scores haven't gone down, the recoil is negligible, and a bag of shot lasts FOREVER!
     
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