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Can you see shot in flight?

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  1. School Teacher

    School Teacher Well-Known Member

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    Many shooters have commented that they can see shot in flight. Try as I might, I can only do this on very rare occasions. Is there is secret to doing this or is it just a natural ability?
     
  2. Hipshot 3

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    Yes....I can! But you have to have eyes like an Eagle!
     
  3. Jim101

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    I can about half of the time. I need to be almost directly behind the gun and the light has to be right.




    Jim
     
  4. Bruce Specht

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    I can but only at night
     
  5. superxjeff

    superxjeff Active Member

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    Like others have said. when the light is right and at night under the lights. copper shot is far easier to see. Jeff
     
  6. Texas Ton

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    At the right time and angle I can, I was watching yesterday and could see it easily, the shooter moved to the next station and couldn't see it at all.
     
  7. phirel

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    I can see a gray streak at times but I am not sure it is actually the shot. Could be wad and gases. I have paid attention to this streak when looking from the side. It seems to go about 1/2 way to the target and then disappear.

    Pat Ireland
     
  8. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    With some backgrounds I can see your shotstring at times but I've never seen my own! Hap
     
  9. Dan S.

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    ANd for nearly all of the above comments I agree that it can be seen sometimes kindaa sorta maybe and the people that claim to have "seen the pattern go just under..just over...just behind, etc. I smile, thank them, and try to ignore anything they just tried to tell me. Good intentions indeed but I doubt the validity highly. My 2 cents.
     
  10. AAtrap

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    yes,under the right conditions. Easier when shooting an extremely tight choke. When shooting a more open choke, you will loose it about half way to the target. Steve
     
  11. Hap MecTweaks

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    MasterBlaster, a good video camera can prove one way or the other whether the correct call is made with the eyes. Hap
     
  12. ec90t

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    It is much easier to see at night under good lights. I can see it in the daytime, but I really have to concentrate.

    If you want to train your eyes to see the pattern, just load some shells with home made shot that hasn't had any graphite mixed in. Have your buddy shoot the shells. You can't believe how bright shot is without graphite.

    For those of you who ignore a little suggestion from someone watching, where do ya shoot? Those are the easiest pockets to pick!

    ec90t
     
  13. likes-to-shoot

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    Early one spring before we opened I painted a bunch of shot white and loaded it. I shot it in the lights at night. Once and a while I could see it as I shot but guys behind me could see it better but not as often as I'd hoped.

    I had the idea that I could easily see the shot and could figure out how to shoot better. Save your paint and don't waste your time. LOL It was a fun experiment none the less.

    Bill
     
  14. Pull & Mark

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    I have seen the shot string, but only in the evening dusk and full night with the lights on. You do have to be standing behind the shooter. Still only see it sometimes when the light hits it just right.. My 2 cents. Break-em all. Jeff
     
  15. Shooting Jack

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    I guess I'll open the can of worms. I can almost always see it while standing behind the shooter when shooting skeet but especially on a cloudy day. Commonly see it also shooting trap but it requires me to be directly behind shooter. I often see what appears to be the wad bouncing off the bird as it breaks. Never shot at night, due to high electricity bill so don't know if I could see it any better at night. Jackie B.
     
  16. superxjeff

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    MasterBlaster, Ray charles could see copper plated shot under the lights. If I shoot jacketed bullets in my 38 or 357 and the sun is behind me I can watch the bullets in flight. I don't know how easy it is for folks to see shot clouds in the day but it is really pretty easy at night.Jeff
     
  17. jimbotrap

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    Heck I am lucky to just see the target. - Jim
     
  18. Big Az Al

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    Lets see....

    Have I seen shot in flight? Yes

    Can I see it all the way from the muzzle to bird? no

    When Have I seen it? In the evening with the sun behind me watching another bird hunter about 1/4 of a mile away, what I could see then was a grey mass, that i could pick up about a foot off his muzzle to about 20 feet.

    Also on the skeet feild under the lights, standing behind another shooter, focussing on the target, there are times that as the shot reachs the area of the target I have been able to see a grey shimmer. When the shooter calls his shot and that is were the grey shimmer had been, tell me that wasn't the shot!

    Can I see it every shot? no

    But have I seen shot in flight? YES!

    Al
     
  19. sammyd95

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    Especially if they are using copper,I can also hear it hit the target weather you want to believe that or not !
     
  20. J.Woolsey

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    Rain, high humidity, the right light, whether daylight or under the lights and your positioning behind shooter. All will at times allow you to see the shot string, and yes I can see it all the way to the target at times. Everything has to be just right. J.Woolsey
     
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