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Question about the shell and shot

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by riss6270, Aug 4, 2010.

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  1. riss6270

    riss6270 TS Member

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    Ok here are my questoins. Also if you have any good reloading info that would be great.
    I shoot 16yd and handicap. I was wondering what the best oz shot to use. I currently load everything the same. I use STS hulls, win primers, blue duster 1 1/8 and if at 16 - 20 yds 18.4g of green dot if anything farther 21.4

    My thing is that it seems like im using a lot of shot at 16 when i could probably hit them just as good with 11/16 or 3/4oz shot. Also up in the air is shot size. ppl say that 8s dont brake them as well as 7 1/2. I would like to have two different loads. one for 16 to 22 and 24 to 27. I would just like to cut back on shot if i can break them just as good with 1oz or 3/4
     
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Use Red Dot and 1 oz of shot for short yardage, and Green Dot and 1 1/8 oz for long range. HMB
     
  3. slodsm

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    I really think it's going to come down to your confidence level in the shell you're shooting more than the amount of shot and size of shot the majority of the time.

    I shoot a 1oz load for everything and prefer 8's but I'll load 7.5's as well. The 8's seem to break the targets just as good as the 7.5's BUT the 7.5's seem to have more ink balls than starbursts.

    To me, the starburst scores the same as the inkball, there are the same number of 8's in 1oz as there are 7.5's in 1 1/8 oz so I just shoot 8's. It's not a science for me, I'm by no means an expert BUT the loads I have confidence in are the loads I shoot well and I've shot my best scores with my 1250fps 1oz 8's so that's what I stick with because "in my mind" it's the best load for me and trap shooting is a whole lot of mental and a little bit of physical.

    Jeremy
     
  4. dverna

    dverna Active Member

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    Are you shooting for score or "club shooting"

    When shooting for score always go with 1 1/8 oz - 8's are fine at the 16

    HC and/or cold weather move to 7 1/2's.

    If you are just shooting for fun 7/8 oz will break most birds and save you money. Use a full choke (around .035") and learn to point.

    I ran 200 last weekend but had one really cheap hit. I was using 1 1/8 oz. I may have missed that one with 7/8 oz of shot. It boils down to how important is that one or two birds per hundred to you. But you will miss more birds with less shot. It is not rocket science.

    Don Verna
     
  5. wayneo

    wayneo Active Member

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    The only thing that matters is what load patterns the best out of your gun. Do you take the time to pattern shells for 16 yard, and handicap?

    Wayne
     
  6. riss6270

    riss6270 TS Member

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    Wayne,

    I have patterned the one load at both 16 24 and 27 it is a nice pattern. Very consistant. I may just have to try a few different things and see what works. Like every says, its all about what you are comfertable shooting.
     
  7. team henges

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    I always load a remington sts hull, remington primer, 19.3 grains (#29 mec bushing) of winchester wst, reminton figure 8 wad and 1 1/8 oz of shot for everything. I shoot that load for 16s, hadicaps, doubles and sporting clays.

    Your email adress is pretty cool too

    brendan
     
  8. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    FWIW, I use 700X pushing 1 oz #8 @1180fps for 16's & first shot doubles. International Clays pushing 1 1/8 oz #8 @ 1200fps for handicap (23.5 yds) & second shot doubles.

    John C. Saubak
     
  9. Scootermac50

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    So you guys are willing to give the guys you call big dogs 1/8 of an ounce advantage on you??? Not I!!
     
  10. W.P.T.

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    Somebody once said that they heard someone ask Big Leo why he shoots an 1 1/8 of shot and he said because an 1 1/4 isn't legal ... All the news, all the time ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  11. Scootermac50

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    my point exactly WPT...
     
  12. 1oldtimer

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    Riss-- Go with Don Verna's sound advice.

    Thats what I would tell you. Clyde Doll
     
  13. CLP101

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    I went to 7/8 oz and had alot of holes in my pattern. Now I switched to 21.9 g of Int'l Clays behind 1 oz of 8's with Tgt 12 clybuster wads at about 1300 fps and broke my first 25.(I just started back shooting trap after a twenty year break) This load recoils less than a factory gun club 1 1/8 oz load and is faster. It does not do well at handicap distance though. I'm going to try 1 1/8 with WSF at 1350 for handicaps with 7 1/2 shot. We just shoot for fun, non ATA, at the club.
    I did well with 700X behind 1 1/8 of 8's at just under 1200. Low recoil and legal anywhere.
     
  14. riss6270

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    does anyone use use clay dot. I cant find it around MD. I have to order if i want it.
     
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