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Shotgun Pattern Distance

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Shaner72, Apr 13, 2010.

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  1. Shaner72

    Shaner72 TS Member

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    I was wondering what the best distance was to stand at when I pattern my shotgun.
     
  2. Porcupine

    Porcupine Active Member

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    The standard distance has always been 40 yards, but in my opinion, you should use the average distance at which you bust clays. Therefore, I would use 35 yards. Hope this helps.

    LA in MA
     
  3. phirel

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    It depends on what you are trying to find out from the patters. If you are comparing 2-3 different loads 30 to 35 yards is OK. If you are trying to analyze how your gun shoots a specific load at handicap, 40 yards is good. If you just want to shoot one or two patterns and look at them, without counting holes-- it does not really matter how far back you stand.

    Pat Ireland
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

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    You got me on that one Pat. LMAO Thanks, I needed it.
     
  5. Neil Winston

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    True enough, Pat, but incomplete. If you want to look at a confidence-inspiring pattern, stay pretty close. By the time you get to 40 yards, all you will get is scary ones. And pattern with at least 8's, nines if you have any.

    Neil
     
  6. Shaner72

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    Thank's. I shoot 16 yrd trap with #8. I was just wondering because I have heard all kind's of differant thing's about wear to stand. I don't let the bird get out to far if I can help it. Thank's for the reply's
     
  7. JerryP

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    I would stick with 40yds , for comparison purposes.
    After all, isn't the point of patterning to find out how the gun rates? If the numbers look good at 40yds, I wouldn't worry about 30.
     
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    I agree with Porcupine. I pattern singles loads at 30 yards, because that is about where I break my targets. I pattern handicap loads at 40 yards for the same reason.
     
  9. phirel

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    zzt- If I wanted to really see how my pattern often works for handicap, I would shoot under the pattern paper and miss the whole thing.

    Pat Ireland
     
  10. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Pat, if your pattern paper was mounted on wheels to move back and forth sideways, you may also shoot behind them too? :)

    Hap
     
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