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effective distance for 8's and 7.5's

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by ColBuckShot, Dec 16, 2007.

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  1. ColBuckShot

    ColBuckShot TS Member

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    What distances are considered to be effective when using no. 8's and
    no. 7 1/2's. I would like to know for when I shoot handicap or
    doubles(2nd bird), Im a relatively new shooter, thanks in advance.
     
  2. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    Eights are fine, probably for any ATA distance.

    Neil
     
  3. maclellan1911

    maclellan1911 TS Member

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    If I do not know what im shooting it doesnt matter, When I know I like 7.5 for everything, bigger is better right ;). Try it have someone dump a mixed bag of shells with different shot sizes in your bag, dont look. Tell me if you see a difference?
     
  4. hmb

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    Let your gun tell you what it likes. My doubles gun likes 7 1/2s for the second shot. I always listen to my gun. HMB
     
  5. Steve-CT

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    I agree with the above generally. However, I personally do notice an edge using 7-1/2s from the 27 yd line. I break them with 8s. I break them BETTER with 7-1/2s. More solid hits. More smoke.

    16 - it doesn't matter. I can use 9s from 16 on a calm day as well as anything else
     
  6. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Take a few boxes of each to the club.

    Lock down the trap, start at whatever yardage you like and keep moving back until you don't like the hits.

    When you get to the 27 yard line, or sooner, you will have your answer.

    Some shooters jump on a target quicker then others and that needs to be a consideration.

    Also, works great when checking out chokes.
     
  7. phirel

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    I cannot see a difference in my score or how hard the target breaks when switching form 7.5 to 8 shot from the 27. I do have more confidence in 7.5 shot from the 27. This confidence is completely within my head and there is a lot or room in my head.

    Pat Ireland
     
  8. hmb

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    Pat,

    As the years go by do you think your brain is getting smaller. I know mine is. HMB
     
  9. 1st worker

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    HMB can you tell me how to talk to my guns. I keep trying but I don't hear anything
     
  10. zzt

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    1st worker, guns can't speak. They communicate via mental telepathy.
     
  11. zzt

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    Col, #8s launched at 1200fps retain .48 ft/lb of energy at 60 yards, vs. .61 for 7 1/2s. If you believe that .5 ft/lbs is enough to break an ATA target, then use 8s. The higher pellet count is an important asset. If you think not, then use 7 1/2s.
     
  12. ColBuckShot

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    Thank you all, I think zzt told me enough to stick with 8's
    Pat Ireland we belong to the same club, plenty of room up there.
     
  13. hmb

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    You have to be nice to your gun. Treat it well and it will reward you. All I can tell you is that when you speak to your gun listen carefully. HMB
     
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