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Shot diameters

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by austin fatts, Apr 27, 2009.

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  1. austin fatts

    austin fatts TS Member

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    I know this has been posted before, but what is the diameter difference between 7 1/2 & 8 shot. Thanks.

    Austin Fatts
     
  2. Easystreet

    Easystreet Well-Known Member

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    Number 8 shot is .09"

    Number 7 1/2 shot is .095"

    The difference in diameter between the two is .005"

    Easystreet
     
  3. ink ball

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    An easy way to determine shot diameter is to remember the number 17. If you subtract the shot size number from 17, it will tell you the shot diameter in hundredths of an inch. For example, for a #6 pellet, 17 - 6 = 11, so the diameter of a #6 pellet is 0.11 inches.
     
  4. Quack Shot

    Quack Shot Active Member

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    The difference in shot WEIGHTS between sizes seems to change more than the diameter would suggest. A .005" change in diameter can have a disproportionate increase/decrease in pellet weight. Here are a few urls to check out:

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/training/firearms-training/embed_swf.htm?link=module10/images/fir_m10_t12_02.swf

    http://everything2.com/title/shotgun%2520shot%2520sizes

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/training/firearms-training/embed_swf.htm?link=module10/images/fir_m10_t12_03.swf
     
  5. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Well-Known Member

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    austin fatts I believe the information you seek is on the web page above.

    Bob Lawless
     
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