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Sporting Clays

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Traders, May 16, 2013.

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  1. Traders

    Traders Well-Known Member

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    What size pellets are normally used for sporting clays? Thanks
     
  2. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Anything from 7.5 to 9.
     
  3. semimech

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    That would come from a skeet person.
    I shoot sporties every weekend I only use 7.5 and change choke for different bird.
    Better chance of break with bigger pellet especially rabbits.
     
  4. twcpdc

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    8 for most targets 7.5 for rabbits they have a hard rim.
     
  5. Setterman

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    Keep it simple. Shoot 7 1/2's on everything unless you shoot on close Skeet/IC courses, then shoot 8's.
     
  6. himark

    himark Well-Known Member

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    So I always shoot 8 and cant hit a rabbit to save my arse...:) I feel better now knowing its not me...LOL
     
  7. oz

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    if you can't hit a rabbit it is you. probably too much lead.
     
  8. Shooting Coach

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    Good advice here.

    I use one ounce of 7 1/2's at around 1250. Usually use IC or LM in my Blaser, more than enough choke for targets in this area.
     
  9. Gixxerpilot750

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    I shoot 1 oz shells at 1200 fps because I shoot FITASC in addition to sporting clays and choose to keep life simple (1oz factory shells are required in FITASC). I'll shoot whatever size shot (7.5 or 8) I can get. Similarly, I shoot all targets from a low gun, and use a Krieghoff light mod choke in both barrels. It probably patterns a little tighter than what a light mod is "supposed to", but it works for me. In the event that I've got a close target, I'll shoot w/o a choke in the barrel.
     
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    LOL Eddie! 14 paragraphs and you answered the OP's question in the second to last sentence. Good info nonetheless.
     
  11. R.Kipling

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    We shoot a lot of Sporting and I reload nothing but reclaim, so I use a Mod choke in my 1100 Comp, as do my Gkids in their guns. Nothing succeeds like focus on the bird and the proper move to the target. We've taken a number of lessons from the Pro's, and the proper move is likely the most important aspect, far beyond shot size and choke. It's a rare occasion when I have to go tighter where we shoot.

    On Rabbits, Andy Duffy and Jerry Meyers told us years ago - swing through! We haven't missed many bunnies since. It's all enjoyable, even more so when you hit more of them.

    Kip
     
  12. Brian in Oregon

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    7.5 or 8, whichever is available at Mao Mart.
     
  13. Greg LV

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    1 ounce of 7.5 @ 1290 FPS more energy for edge on targets rabbits and less wind drift. Went from 8's to 7.5's and scores went up by 2-3 targets per 100.
     
  14. Greg LV

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    1 ounce of 7.5 @ 1290 FPS more energy for edge on targets rabbits and less wind drift. Went from 8's to 7.5's and scores went up by 2-3 targets per 100.
     
  15. chuckie68

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    Here we go again;

    7 1/2's or 8's

    Chuck
     
  16. Joe Potosky

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    For many years I would have said 1oz #8's, but in my mind the Flyer Bio's are a harder made target then the non-bio's and I'm switching to 7 1/2's to achieve consistent breaks on all targets at various distances.

    And, after a few hits I saw at the recent Rochester Brooks shoot by a fellow shooting, also looking at going to 1 1/8.
     
  17. Oregunner

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    You do know that with shoot pellet size deviations, there is quite an overlap with #8 and #7 1/2 labeled shells. It's more in your head than in the shell.
    Mark
     
  18. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    RE: quite an overlap with #8 and #7 1/2

    Could be, hope by going to 7 1/2 the overlap favors 7 1/2 instead of #8 : )
     
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