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Can #8 1/2 get the job done?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by blizzard, Sep 15, 2007.

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  1. blizzard

    blizzard Active Member

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    Yes. However, I don't go smaller than #8 under 60 degrees. jmho
     
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    With 3 dram loads, 8.5s work well out to middle yardage.

    Since I don't shoot in cold weather, can't advise you on that part.
     
  3. jbmOU

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    I shoot a lot of 9's for 16 yards and doubles, they work great and I think I even get harder hits with them. 8 1/2's should do fine for 16 yards. I think there is a guy that posts on this forum that does very well using 7/8oz of #9's for 16 yards.
     
  4. clays

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    8 1/2 is my favorite size 1 1/8 oz at about 1150 FPS and yes I have broken several 100 straights with that load, and even a couple of 200's

    Clays
     
  5. foghorn220

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    r44u77:

    I won my KY State 16's championship with them in 1990 as a matter of fact they was extra light Federal gold medals went 375 straight to win and there was 16 200's that year and only 525 total shooters.

    So I would say the 8 1/2's could get the job done myself, because I know it was a few top guns that was shooting 7.5's and 8's but for once I got to be the <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank">[​IMG]</a> that day.


    Foghorn
     
  6. whiz white

    whiz white Strong Supporter of Trapshooting Banned

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    Absolutely. I shoot extra-lite 8½ for all 16's and doubles.

    I even tied for state handicap with 8's from the 27.
     
  7. Loyac

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    1 oz of 8.5's @ 1200fps up to the 21 yard line, out of a 32" IM choked .729 bore Beretta barrel... Disintegrates targets! John
     
  8. foghorn220

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    Whiz White


    I guess you know what I mean because them Federal extra-lite's are nice to shoot and back then I loved the 8 1/2's of course the full helping of 1 1/8 oz of shot might help.

    Anyway I choose to shoot Federal new shells just because they all ways acknowledged when someone shot good and would send something in the mail to show that they appreciated them shooting the best shell avaliable.

    Ok that was in the 90's so maybe even Whinchester might acknowledege it now days but I doubt it.

    I don't know if even Federal would now days or not but if they don't then all I got to say is good luck but i would hate to see Federal to treat their people like Winchester.


    Oh well enough about that.

    Fog
     
  9. Hipshot 3

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    You bet it can do the job........I just shot 500 straight with that size shot.You ain't going to get a bigger pattern.....just a denser one.
     
  10. quicky

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    I won a handicap event (long yardage(27)) this summer with 8 1/2 shot. It was somewhat breezy but didn't change anything; the wind does the same thing to the target taht it does to the shot. Oh, it was with a 94 and shootoff, ran the first 50. Also broke 200 straight on the last years (2007)doubles targets using 7/8 oz. #9 for the first shot and 1 1/8 oz. #8 1/2 for the second shot. If you need a witness I was shooting with Zach Nanini (who is also a top of the line shooter, by the way. Short answer, 8 1/2 works just fine for me. Quicky
     
  11. BDodd

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    I've run several hundreds with 7/8 oz of #9s - 512 of the little pellets in that cloud....Bob Dodd
     
  12. Quack Shot

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    For 16's and short caps, they absolutely smoke targets in warm weather. I have shot many straights with 7/8 oz of 8 1/2s at about 1250 fps. One ounce does a great job as well. First shot of doubles works well too. Either 7/8 or 1 oz will do the job. I do prefer at least one ounce of 8s or larger in cold weather, depending on the yardage.
     
  13. shadow

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    Wind and rock hard targets will not be you friends.
     
  14. maclellan1911

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    I recieved a miss labeled bag of shot, 9 instead of 7.5s I loaded them up 1 1/8oz shot. Did just fine at the 16.
     
  15. over the hill

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    Shot Federal Gold Medal light 8 1/2 at the 82Grand. Shot great out of my M12 at 21yd. Are they still made?

    Gerald
     
  16. 8 1/2 shot

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    7/8 oz of 8 1/2 about same pellet count as 1 oz of 8's but a nicer pattern in my gun for sure. No problem getting 100's or almost 100's cept in big wind. Maybe just a confidence thing there. I seriously doubt that a target or two lost is a fault of the shot. I have seen many many target rims shot with 7 1/2 and they sail away. Just a lil puff of dust. Maybe two pellets on that target instead of one would of made a dif.
     
  17. 8 1/2 shot

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    Are you asking if I can get the job done? Stand back and watch. lol
     
  18. Quack Shot

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    This is where handloading pays off. You can make them any way you want them and not rely on what the manufacturers assemble. All you need to do is find the right components. I have a fairly stable supply of West Coast Premium Shot in 7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, and 9 nearby. I'm convinced 8 1/2 works well. I have used nines at the 16 a few times, but I wouldn't want to be mistaken for a skeeter. :) An even and dense pattern is usually a good thing when it comes to breaking targets. BTW, 7/8 oz of 8 1/2 or 9s for Skeet isn't a bad 12 ga load either. At least that's what the guys in those pink tutu's tell me.

    My preference fo 16's in a light 7/8 oz load would be 8 1/2's at about 1250 fps. It will cycle my 1100 reliably enough and I can't tell much difference between them and the 1 or 1 1/8 oz loads in scores or breaks on 16 yd singles. I use an STS or Win AA hull and the Winchester WAA12L Gray wad or clone.
     
  19. blizzard

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    I'd try that load at singles, and I'm sure that it would work well. I wouldn't shoot it for caps though.
     
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    I use 0.6ft/lbs of retained energy as the lower limit for deciding whether a shot/speed combination is suitable for clay target sports. 8 1/2s Launched at 1100fps travel 42 yards before their retained energy drops below that level. So, I'd follow blizzards advice.
     
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