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Above what temp is 81/2 effective?

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  1. chatbrat

    chatbrat TS Member

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    I use 81/2 magnum shot all year, & clay dot exclusively---will 1 oz of 81/2 @ 1200fps be effective to the 23 yd line,even if the targets have been sored near the 32F mark overnight---Phil
     
  2. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    I can think of one way to answer that question, Phil.

    But only one.

    Neil
     
  3. Tripod

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    It is for me 96% of the time at the 16,
     
  4. phirel

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    I do not think the temperature of the targets is a factor. The air temperature could be important. But, the lower ability of the smaller shot to retain a good pattern is somewhat off set by more shot in the charge. I would not be concerned with the size of the shot you are using.

    Pat Ireland
     
  5. Hipshot 3

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    Actually, 8 1/2 size shot is only effective at -40 F from the 27 yd line......Geez!
     
  6. shot410ga

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    Best thing (8.5's) in the world to use from the 16, in any weather.
     
  7. FarmerD

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    Personally I prefer 9's from the 16yd and 1st. shot dbl's in any kind of weather. I have a friend who uses 8 1/2 shot on the 24 yd line in all weather and he smashes targets. Try it and you will know one way or the other. I believe that is what Neil was inferring. Ben
     
  8. phirel

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    FarmerD- Could you make a guess for us about how your scores might be different if you changed to #8 shot for singles?

    Pat Ireland
     
  9. smartass

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    I prefer 9s down to 88 degrees, 8 1/2s down to 79 degrees, 8s down to 52 degrees, then 7 1/2. Naturally, I always carry a thermometer.
     
  10. Hipshot 3

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    What was the question?
     
  11. phirel

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    Anonymous Stud- And just where do you stick the thermometer?

    Pat Ireland
     
  12. Rollin Oswald

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    To make the question even more unanswerable, the distance to targets and the barrel's indivisual load and shot handling characters will also play a part.

    Rollin
     
  13. smartass

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    Pat, that's a trade secret. For a mere $10,000 I'll let you in on the secret. That might sound like a lot, but it's really a bargain.
     
  14. phirel

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    Anonymous Stud- Are you stating that you will pay me $10,000 to watch you stick a thermometer somewhere in your body? First, how big is the thermometer and how big is the place you stick it? You made a tempting offer, but I am not certain it is enough to make me watch.

    Pat Ireland
     
  15. Doctor_Chicago

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    00 Buck or 000 Buck works for me -- 3" or 3-1/2" works better - Obviously just kidding

    Use what you like-- whatever is legal - and nothing else - but here is some general facts you should consider...

    It is better to increase the powder charge as the temperature drops

    Larger shot sizes retain more energy

    just the facts - you figure out the rest...
     
  16. hmb

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    When shooting targets at absolute zero you have to use preheated shot. The size does not matter. HMB
     
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