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Gun pattern

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by capvan, Dec 18, 2009.

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  1. capvan

    capvan Active Member

    Oct 28, 2008
    Going to set up a pattern board. What distance should I use for trap shooting? Mostly concerned with 16 yard shooting...

  2. powderburn

    powderburn Member

    Apr 3, 2008
    Anderson, IN
    Hi there,
    35 good healthy paces. 40 at most, unless you want to pattern some porch shells. 30 inch circle with a quadrant "cross" sharpy markered in the circle. divide # of hits by number of pellets that is supposed to be in the load you are shooting-or better yet, count to see how many your loader drops. They all seem to drop a few less than what the books say. Patterning tells it all. pm me if you like, or have any other Q's.
  3. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    13 yards x 3.

  4. wayneo

    wayneo Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I use 13 yards for POI, and 35 and 45 for 16 yard and handicap. Use a benchrest. Do a search here on TS.com, for patterning, or POI, POA. Lots of posts with good info. WAyne
  5. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Check out the link shown above. I would suggest 30 to 35 yards for pattern efficiency for the 16 yard Singles Event. That concept of 13 yards is for testing POI not pattern efficiency.
  6. cunninmp

    cunninmp Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    miketmx is correct. 13 is fine for POI but won't tell you much about

    you actual pattern at singles distance. I'm fairly fast at singles so I

    use 35 yards. For handicap I'll actually go back to 50 yards because I'm

    slower. After benchresting, I'll put up clean paper and mount the shotgun

    and shoot 3 rounds to check my mount and swing. I'll start low, come up

    and touch the bird, fire. It's a lot of work and time but you'll be amazed

    at what it'll teach you about your gun, chokes, loads, and gun mount.

    An example is a friend of mine bought a Browning O/U Trap. Was lucky to

    break 15 to 16 birds. I shoot his gun and run 24, missed the first bird.

    I'm used to a high shooting gun, so I take him to my pattern board and

    his gun is shooting about a 95% 5% pattern. Had him adjust POA and now he's

    shooting 23, 24, and a few 25's with regularity. Now he knows where his

    pattern is and where he should be looking.

    Mike C.
    Groveland, CA
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