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Does anyone else mix shot?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Beretta Young Gun, May 9, 2011.

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  1. Beretta Young Gun

    Beretta Young Gun Active Member

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    this is more of a question for the long range game shooters, like protections, annies, and shoot offs. I have found that I have more success hitting targets at a great distance when I mix 2 or sometimes 3 different shot sizes together. for a second or third shot from the 27 yd line I mix 7's and 6's. for the first shot in a long range shoot off(less than 50 yards) i use 6's and 5's. and for the second or third shot in a shoot off(more than 50 yards) i will mix 4's, 5's, and 6's. for blue chips/ piece shoots i will mix 8's and 5's to break the pieces. Im curious how many other shooters do the same thing as i do. thanks BYG
     
  2. W.P.T.

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    Best be careful, some clubs restrict your shot sizes to 7 1/2 's so if you get caught you might have a problem especially now that you confessed to it on here ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  3. birdogs

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    One shot Vodka and 2 shots Vermouth.
     
  4. letts

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    I shoot reclaim at the present time, lots of different shot. Due my great skill or my lack their of I see no advantage.

    Letts
     
  5. 1oldtimer

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    Yes Remington had a 7 1/2- 8 duplex shell,Winchester had some 2X4 game loads also. There was no advantage,they were all discontinued about 15 years ago. Clyde
     
  6. Beretta Young Gun

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    I dont have to worry about shot size restrictions at the clubs i shoot. I have tried all of my current reloads with a single size of shot but I didnt hit as many targets with those shells. I dont know if its all mental or if the patterns has improved. BYG
     
  7. wireguy

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    What you are doing is making your shot string longer. The larger shot retains it's energy longer and the smaller shot trails behind. If this is "working" for you it is symptomatic of a problem with your shooting.
     
  8. GW22

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    I mix one with a beer now and then.

    -Gary
     
  9. 3357

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    mixed 4s and 5s = "Kentucky 9s"
     
  10. RLC323

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    I believe several years ago there was a thread on this subject. If I recall correctly there was some research done and the randomly mixed size shot load performed consistently worse than a single size shot load on the patterning board.

    The true duplex factory loads were put together with the about a half charge of smaller size shot loaded first into the wad cup. Then the shell was "topped off" so to speak with a half charge of the larger size shot. It seemed that the true duplex pattern results were better than with a single size of shot, but marginally so.
     
  11. jjv1234

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    I like to throw a 00 Buck pellet or two into my trap loads. You never know when that prized 18 pointer is going to stagger out of the trap house or wander over to see what all the noise in that grassy clearing is.
     
  12. timb99

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    When this question comes up (though it doesn't come up as often as the 7-1/2's or 8's, or the recoil from fast/slow powder issue) you usually get two or three answers, all of which are true.

    1. If you check your shot right out of the factory shot bags, often times the variance is enough to say you're getting 7-1/2's and 8's in a bag marked 8's anyway.

    2. If this really worked, Remington would still be doing it.

    3. At 16 yards, you could mix 7-1/2's 8's, 8-1/2's and 9's randomly, and it probably wouldn't matter.
     
  13. Jawhawker

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    If you check any bag of shot on the market today, take a caliper reading of every pellet in that bag, you'll find that your easily shooting 3 sizes of shot.

    Shot making is not an "exact science"...

    But "if it feels good do it". Continue on, your way. As with the 7.5 versus 8's battle, its what works for you...
     
  14. slipping into darkness

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    since it was mention, what about 9s, and as far about recoil use a P.F. stock or any of the higher end set up that are available, all equal no felt recoil, more money less recoil.
     
  15. RLC323

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    One of the previous discussions on this topic. http://www.trapshooters.com/cfpages/thread_archive2.cfm?threadid=86718
     
  16. wolfram

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    What usually works the best is to put the shot on target. Most other factors are insignificant if you can just do that one thing.
     
  17. TD1958

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    A.J. unlike you I mix mine with clay target pitch to turn the sky black.LOL!!!!!!!! Tim
     
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