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patterning a gun for the 23 yard line

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by NOyler, May 4, 2008.

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  1. NOyler

    NOyler TS Member

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    To pattern for the 23 yard line should i place the target 23 yards out, or farther to compensate for the distance of the bird?
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    Nick
     
  2. phirel

    phirel TS Member

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    A primary purpose of patterns is to compare how different guns, chokes, ammunition, barrels shoot. The standard distance for this comparison is 40 yards. I would pattern everything at 40 yards. This is also close to the distance you will break most birds from the 23 yard line.

    Nick- What specific questions are you trying to answer with your pattern tests. Are you looking for the best choke, ammunition, shot size? Are you looking for the difference between factory shot and home made shot or a possible difference between discount shells and premium shells? It is hard to establish a good test if you do not know the question you are testing. Also, you can't answer all questions with one simple test.

    Pat Ireland
     
  3. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    Nick, if you pattern at 33 yards and take that to be what you are "getting at the bird" when you shoot from the 23, you are not only kidding yourself you are wasting your time, shells, and paper.

    Neil
     
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