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Size and load aren't critical. Buy the cheapest shells you can and Shoot A Lot Of Them! When you hit a 98+ average, your shells may start to make a difference.
 

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If you're breaking in on 16 yard targets, they can easily be broken with 7 1/2s, 8s, 8 1/2s, or 9s. If you want to keep on hand shot that will take you most anywhere, just shoot 8s as a general, all around choice until you seem to think a change would help.....Bob Dodd
 

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As a beginner, start with 8's.

When you get a little better, go to 9's.

When you reach the elite level, you may find that you are able to handle 7.5s.

Hope this helps...
 

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The bigger question is find out what your comfortable shooting. You might be surprised how little recoil it takes to break birds!

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Minimum should be at least 16oz of shot in the form of a hammer so that when you get frustrated you can smash the hell out of the clays laying on the ground. Now that will be a confidence booster.

Honestly though start off with whatever shotsize your going to use after you become a seasoned shooter thus learning with what your going to use later.

7-1/2's or 8's is what I shoot all the time and have never seen any difference between what the 2 different sizes will or wont break.
 
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