The standing mantra is to make the switch around 25 yards. But, there are many, many fine shooters using light 8s all the way back to 27 yards. Whatever you're confident in would be the best test IMHO....Bob Dodd
Hey Bob , hope the recovery is going well . Last weekend at the Cottage Grove sportingclay's shoot I took your advice and use'd #9 on the the short stuff and #71/2 long shots . Shot my best score thank's Jay
Jay, yes, it's doing well enough for me to be going nuts with the "don't-remove-soft wrap" on the arm - worse than a danged cast. But, it's migrated enough that I'm typing again. 9s? Geez, who'd do something silly like that? I must tell you that if I had just one load for all purposes it would be the 1 oz of 8s with maybe different velocities for use, however, those weenie loads were designed for skeet for when I had a good venue for that game and I found it so effective on close in birds of trap and sporting that I can't stop using it. Glad it performed for you. I hope the arm will permit me to shoot the last two shoots; May in C.Grove and Florence. Perhaps we can squad together if I'm up to it.....Bob Dodd
Switch to 71/2's when, and if, you think you need to. I learned a very valuable lesson from an All American a few years ago. He told me to take a box of 3dr. 71/2's and a box of 3dr. 8's to the line and shoot a round of handicap with each one. He didn't advise me which he thought was better, rather he said to trust him, after I shot both rounds I would know which one performed the best for me. After the second round that day I am still shooting 71/2's and have not looked back. For me it's 11/8oz 71/2's for everything. 23/4dr for singles and doubles and 3dr. for handicaps....Just my experience...Dan Thome (Trap2)
More is better than bigger. Just shoot the 8s and don't even thing about it again. Must ammend, if Remington ever starts making targets again and you have to shoot them, use the 7 1/2s. Some of the bio degradable targets seem a bit tough. Also use 7 1/2s on them.
I recommend that one switch from #8 shot to #7.5 shot when they believe the larger shot will do a better job. There seems to be a much greater difference between 7.5 and 8 shot in the shooters mind than at the target. Mental confidence in our equipment is important.
I have shot 7 1/2 's for the last 20 years on all trap shots. This year I starting using 1 oz. on 16's and el 1 1/8 on handicap and doubles and my scores went up. It just depends on what you have confidence in. Bill