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shot size - handicaps

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jmac_cope, Dec 23, 2011.

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  1. jmac_cope

    jmac_cope Active Member

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    Most of the handicap ammo I see on the shelves is loaded with 7 1/2 shot. Is there a clear advantage to shooting 7 1/2 rather that #8 shot from 25 yards on back?

    I would like to hear your opinions on this.

    John
     
  2. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

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  3. Twinbirds

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    yes more energy
     
  4. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes, probably, yes. But sometimes . . .

    Neil
     
  5. Hap MecTweaks

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    "Sometimes, probably, yes. But sometimes . . ."

    Weather to include hard blowing winds, clay target composition, some are tougher than others to break and distance.

    8s work just dandy on some days, not so well on others. The best bet is use the largest size for peace of mind.

    Wind will drift both sizes of shot quite a ways off your aiming/pointing mark when Mother Nature gets huffy, lighter shot more so by a tad.

    Hap
     
  6. Vince McNamara

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    I have shot with Dan Bonillas when he has broke them all shooting light 8s and also when he has been shooting 3 dr 7.5. If you are pointing the gun correctly you will break targets.
     
  7. Oregunner

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    If 8s are just as good, then that must apply to 9s as well. Why do the gamers shoot 6s when they can? It is about pattern and retained energy. Mark
     
  8. Ahab

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    But ... But ... But #7 1/2s are magic!
     
  9. Terry_Maiden

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    Its all between the ears. Your shells hold #8 and you lose by one target. You lay in bed that night unable to sleep. You think "If I had used 7 1/2 I would have won! Dang those eights!".
     
  10. JerryP

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    Yeah Terry, maybe, but if you had used 7 1/2's you may have missed because of less pellets in the pattern.
     
  11. John Galt

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    My gun said that it likes 8s more than 7 1/2s..... or did it say it liked 7 1/2s more than 8s? I forget so will have to ask it again. Darned, it only speaks Italian so I'll have to find another translator. After 30 years in the US you would think that darned thing would learn to speak American.
     
  12. Twinbirds

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    well I guess it's all in your mind. that said I prefer to shoot 7.5's on a cold windy day through .035" of choke.
     
  13. Dr.Longshot

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    Perazzi patterns are done w/#8s at least the earlier ones like the TM-1s, but they are shells w/o wads, cardboard fillers at that time. I had Perazzi's that came w/pattern sheet from factory.


    Gary Bryant
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  14. Allen-MX8

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    I tend to use 7 1/2's for handicap, particularly if it is a bit windy.

    Allen
     
  15. Trap4

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    As Frank Little once said, USE the Kiss method, wich is Keep it simple stupid, use 7/12 for everything as 16 yard is only practice for handicap.

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  16. Oregunner

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    But Frank Little died in 1993. We have had almost 20 years to make things more complicated since then. Besides that was before the internet, as we know it, so people did other things during the Winter besides argue about what size shot to use. :) Mark
     
  17. wayneo

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    Didn't Mr. Harris win a $100,000 using 8's from the 27?

    Wayne
     
  18. Oregunner

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    As I remember, he was shooting his handicap yardage, which was closer? Do you think he would have missed more with 7 1/2? Mark
     
  19. oskerspap12

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    5's...............
     
  20. dale58

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    I like 7 1/2 for everything, although that is just my opinion. I'm sure there are shooters way better than me who like 8's for everything. I like the keep it simple school of thought. Dale
     
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