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pattern distance

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Pacemaker, Sep 16, 2008.

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  1. Pacemaker

    Pacemaker Member

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    At what distance do you shoot a test pattern?
     
  2. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    For patterning I prefer about 35 yards (16 yards + 20 to take the bird) for singles, I back up for my handicap yardage.

    Jay
     
  3. Andy Moreland

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    I used to pattern at the same distance I expected to shoot the target/whatever. Otherwise, the information I got was meaningless.

    Andy Moreland
     
  4. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Use the search function to find much more on this subject!! One of the all-time favorites, right up there with 7 1/2 or 8's!!!
     
  5. phirel

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    Andy- Are you suggesting that a pattern that is very good at 30 yards might not be good at 40 yards?

    Pat Ireland
     
  6. Andy Moreland

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    Assuming that your question is serious, let's put it this way: if you have the room to pattern the gun at the distance at which you intend to shoot the target, there is no logic at all in shooting at a shorter distance and then wondering what the flyers will do over the next 10 yards. If you want to know what the pattern might look like at 40 or 50 yards shoot the gun at that distance. And don't be too surprised when you find out just how much of a difference there is from shot to shot.

    Andy Moreland
     
  7. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    I depends on what ou want to find out, pacemaker.

    1. If you want to find out _where_ it shoots, you can't beat the 13-yard off-a-bench test which is cited so often here.

    2. If you want to find out _how_ it shoots it's way more work. You will need some 40- or 48- inch paper and be willing to count some pellets and shoot at least a few patterns. If you won't commit to this, there's not much point in doing it at all.

    Neil
     
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