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I was bird hunting last weekend with a long time hunting partner. It was a lousy day, start raining when we uncased the guns and didn't stop. The dogs worked well but our shooting left a lot to be desired. I've hunted with this guy for thirty plus years and even if one of us missed a bird the other one wouldn't. Well we missed several on this outing on the drive home we pondered what went wrong. His thought: the rain was deflecting or distoring the shot patterns? I said can't we just admit that we both shot like we'd never fired a shotgun before? We both said no way we both missed three birds when we were backing each other up. So could the rain have deflected our shot patterns? We were both shooting 6's no 7 1/2 or 8's
 

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Bruce, unless it's a driving rain storm that would severely affect your ability to not see, no, it won't bother the charge enough to miss. Rain bothers the shooter much more than the equipment, especially 6s and larger. The same with a clay target, the lead looks different on very cloudy or rainy day. On such days, it seems to take a tad more "seen" lead to connect. I'd guess that's what got both of you guys in the rain?

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I really have to be careful out in the rain because I might melt!! :)


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