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Reclaimed Shot of Different Sizes

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by t7731, Jul 27, 2012.

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  1. t7731

    t7731 Member

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    Had a discussion last night with a couple of fellows in reference to the reclaimed shot that I have been using. They tell me that they wont use it because it is mixed 7 1/2's and 8's. They claim that the heavier shot will travel faster, thereby making the pattern less dense and more elongated. I accepted what they were saying at first, but after thinking about it for a while, I now have a few doubts.

    I would think that the the (bigger) heavier shot probably has more inertia, will travel farther, and pack a bigger punch. That being said, what is it that makes us believe it travels faster? And if it does travel at a higher rate of speed, then why dont the recipes published/tested by the powder manufacturers have different FPS ratings for different sizes of shot?

    Can someone with a degree in physics please explain this to me?
     
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    They are full of dung.........

    I don't have a degree in physics. Heck, I can barely spell it but what they are saying is hogwash. You won't tell a difference. I'm loading reclaimed right now with mixed 7 1/2's and 8's. My 18yr old shot 50 straight with it last night at practice. No difference what so ever.
     
  3. 1oldtimer

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    Does it break the target?
     
  4. mcneeley5

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    A few years ago Remington sold a shell called the "Duplex". It was a mix of 7.5 and 8's in a buffered material.
     
  5. Mike Battista

    Mike Battista Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Stop talking to your local Mensa Group. Remington made a duplex load of 7 1/2 and 8 size shot. They, Remington, probably have more technical expertise than your friends.
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    The difference might be shown on paper (calculations), maybe a chronograph, but not on a trap field.

    At any rate, wouldn't the lighter shot travel faster if the same force were exerted on it?
     
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    I love this site. It gets very anal in here sometimes. Think about it how can a powderload decipher which size of shot to shoot faster. It does not. However you are right when you talk about the larger shot carrying farther so the farther back you stand your shot string will be longer. Heck that might help you. Who says short shot strings are better anyway. You can lead the target more and have a longer shot to target connection time frame. Whoopee
     
  8. t7731

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    "Does it break the target?"

    Yes, it breaks targets, in fact I broke more than the two guys I was talking to in the round immediately after our conversation.


    "Wouldn't the lighter shot travel faster if the same force were exerted on it?"

    I am thinking that since the heavier and lighter shot are both traveling at the same speed when it leaves the barrell/wad that they would both continue on at the same speed. Heavier shot should just go further.
     
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    Anyhow this next winter the Lead Miner will be building a sizer to size his polished reclaimed lead shot. Mostly to eliminate any #6's and the joined clusters. Terry
     
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    Some trap shooters have very small brains and are easily cunfused. HMB
     
  11. charleyj10

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    Not supposed to use ANY shot larger than 7.5 in ATA competition and most clubs STRONGLY discourage larger shot.

    Mixed shot will come out of the barrel at a uniform speed. Air resistance will cause the lighter shot to slow down more than the heavier shot. The shot string will elongate more and interference between 8's and 7.5's will open the pattern a little compared to uniform shot size. I wouldn't use this from mid to long handicap, but it will work for up close. Might be a good choice for the first shot of doubles. Heck, both shots of doubles!

    Charlie
     
  12. gdbabin

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    I miss Pat Ireland......



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  13. W.P.T.

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    If you let it play mind games with you rather than concentrate at the task at hand you are in deep trouble and different sized shot will not help ... Ask them if they can blow smoke rings and walk away, they will really be confused ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  14. KENENT1

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    I use the mixed size reclaimed shot, I noticed on shots of 100 yds. or more, the shot string does get longer to my advantage.....


    tony :)
     
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