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Mixing shot sizes

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Jim_Gary, Jan 9, 2011.

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  1. Jim_Gary

    Jim_Gary TS Member

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    Has anyone ever tried mixing 7 1/2 & 8 shot together to reload Or 8 & 8 1/2. By mixing them, I mean putting both shot sizes into a container and equally mixing them and then putting them into the reloader so the load is a combination of both shot sizes? I have often thought of it but am not sure if it would be legal or safe. It seems as though it might make for a tighter pattern as the smaller shot might fill in some if the voids between the larger shot sizes. I may be crazy but just wondered if any of our reloaders have tried it and what results they had.
    Jim Gary
     
  2. grntitan

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    Been there done that. It works fine but no noticable advantage. Its legal to use in registered Trap as far as the ATA rules go. I do it sometimes with leftovers but use them for practice only.

    Matt
     
  3. Ross

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    I think if you were to open a new bag of shot or a couple factory loads(any brand) & measure a couple dozen pellets with a mike you would find that much variation. I have seen many double & triple pellets that formed together in the shot making process. Don't think I would notice any difference. Ross Puls
     
  4. missed some

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    I bet a 5x7.5 duplex load of copper plated would make a great handicap load
     
  5. W.P.T.

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    I know that some of the game shooters used to shoot mixed shot and a few of them had some success ... I couldn't imagine why it would not work as long as you didn't get carried away and start loading extreme different sizes ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  6. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    Remington use to have a "Duplex" target load with two different sizes of shot. Not that long ago.
     
  7. skidrowe7

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    If you're loading reclaimed shot, there's a 100% chance it's mixed! I haven't heard anyone complaining about its effectiveness.
     
  8. skidrowe7

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    If you're loading reclaimed shot, there's a 100% chance it's mixed! I haven't heard anyone complaining about its effectiveness.
     
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    If you're loading reclaimed shot, there's a 100% chance it's mixed! I haven't heard anyone complaining about its effectiveness.
     
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    Remington also loaded game loads in the Duplex. They went over like the proverbial pregnant high jumper.
     
  11. short shucker

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    The last time I ran 75 straight was with mixed shot from reclaimed shells. I'm sure there was a little variation in payload, but the targets never knew the difference.

    The mixture of shot was everything from 7 1/2's - 8 1/2's. It wasn't a proportionet mix.

    ss
     
  12. Jim_Gary

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    Just for the Heck of it, I am going to load a few boxes of 7 1/2 & 8 1/2 shot shells and see how I might like it. Seems as though if Remington tried it at one time they must have thought it would have some useful purpose. I will load all the 2 size shots into a bowl and mix it as well as possible and load them up. I will let you know the results as soon as the weather warms up enough to try them out. Still pretty cold here in NY. Jim
     
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    What really works well is when a bunch of shot hits the target. Majic ammo is not the key.
     
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    It was just a sales gimmick a few years back. If it had any advantage, they would still be doing it. Clyde D
     
  15. OGC Director

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    I have mixed new and home made shot. It seemed to help it flow better in my loader. Broke targets great.

    Rich in Indiana
     
  16. Tracer

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    I have about 2 1/2 cents worth to add to this thread about mixed shot. As a distributor for West Coast shot I handled the Green Earth reclaimed shot they produced. It came in 7.5 and MIXED shot. The mixed shot was not run through the classifier at the factory. It was cleaned, and graffited and bagged. I took it to the club and gave it to the members to try. The sizes varied from #6 to 8.5. I can't explain why, but it broke the tragets harder then the un-mixed shot when used on the 16 yard clear back to the 27. 18 guys checked it out and only 1 said he couldn't see any difference. The Northwest brand of targets we use here don't "powder" like the White Fliers, but a good hit shatters them. I sold all 10 tons I had to the club. Unfortunitally, Robbin told me that West Coast will not be supplying Green Earth reclaimed shot any more. So that's my "for what it's worth."

    Del
     
  17. Jim_Gary

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    My thought is that it may make a slightly fuller pattern as the smaller shot will fill some of the air voids in the shell. It should also make for a slightly longer shot string at the longer yardages. Just a thought and something to keep me busy in these cold winter months here in New York. Been a cold year ever since the end of November and shows no sign of changing soon. From what I have seen the weather is crazy all over the US. Lots of my friends from down South have had as much snow and cold as we have. Jim
     
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    A longer shot string is a bad thing, not a good thing.
     
  19. Auctioneer

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    I have mixed the home made shot and factory shot together before. It works great. The reason I did so, I was running low on home make shot and I needed more shot. I bought one bag and mixed it all together for the fun of it and it worked better then I thought.
     
  20. LDAdd

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    Man, it must be winter time....how can anyone speculate what happens with mixed shot sizes. What do you think happens, if the small shot doesn't get the target up close, then the larger shot can still get further out??? C'mon guys, give us a break (so to speak). I have to go with Wolfram above, just hit the target, it doesn't care what size shot brings it down.

    Pray for summertime...all in good fun!

    Larry
     
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