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Newbie Q: what is "shoots flat"

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Bushmaster1313, Jul 12, 2009.

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  1. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

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    What does it mean that a gun "shoots flat"

    Is it good bad or a matter of personal preferance?
     
  2. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Newbie Q: what is

    Bushmaster,

    A "flat shooting" gun is a gun that, when patterened, shoots (roughly) half of the pattern above your point of aim, and half below.

    Since trap is a game shot at targets that are rising, common wisdom is that a "high shooting" gun, that is, a gun that shoots most of the pattern above your point of aim, is a good thing.

    Skeet and sporting clays are games where a flat shooting gun may be to your advantage.

    In the end, though, its a matter of personal preference.
     
  3. Rick Barker

    Rick Barker Well-Known Member

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    A flat shooting gun is one that places 50 percent of its shot pattern above the point of impact and 50 percent below, usually at 40 yard measurement. A 90/10 gun is one that puts 90% above the point of impact and 10 below. If your Point of Impact was at the top edge of your front site, it would be a perfect world.

    Yes it is personal preference, and no it is neither bad nor good. A 50/50 gun works especially well for a deliberate shooter (notice I did not say slow). A lot of shooters like to pull the trigger on the bird, just as it peaks and levels out during it's flight, sort of a "stall" and people like a 50/50 gun that will put the pattern all around the bird at this point. Up until the 70's most guns (I said MOST) shot a 50/50 pattern. Before the 70's, people would have their barrels bent to get a higher pattern. With the advent of adjustable combs and ribs, barrel bending is no longer needed after the factory. That is why you see a lot of these combs and ribs on modern day trap guns.
     
  4. acss

    acss Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    in simple terms- w/ trapshooting #3 post - dead straight away- do you like to see the whole rock when you pull the trigger? if yes then a flat shooter will generally put you under the rock and you wont smoke it!!! if you are a pheasant hunter- same thing- straight away bird-how many are shot in the butt or lower 1/2 ? that is where the bead was as you saw the bird rise-the top 1/2 of your pattern hit the pheasant.
     
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