kenner wrote:So, given 1550 fps of #4's, what kind of real range might I be limited to? I'm asking about the lethal energy of a #4 pellet at that initial speed?G'night,, Ken
Ned S wrote:Field data shows steel 4's at 1725 fps kill consistantly to 45 yds, others report to 50 yds. At 50 yds I prefer 1650 fps 3's. At 30 yds steel 4's at 1650 fps go clear thru drake mallards at 30 yds. At 30 yds this load penetrates gelating to 1.92" no close to thickness of mallard meat. There is no correlation between gel and waterfowl per Ed Lowery. Ned S the young 81 yr old.
kenner wrote:Initial patterning with my PolyChoke: "Slug" choke with 7/8oz, #3 @ 30yds was far too open, but might be a good choice of choke up close. IC threw a nice pattern at that range, but I'd be concerned at closer ranges and especially if I go to smaller shot, that I'd pulverize the bird.
Sounds like high speed #4's are the way to go.
So, given 1550 fps of #4's, what kind of real range might I be limited to? I'm asking about the lethal energy of a #4 pellet at that initial speed.
Many thanks to posters and PM's!
Ned S wrote:My findings after over 2300 steel patterns is that steel performs best with more open extended chokes with about about 3/4 " cyl diameter on the end. Imp Mod extended are excellent with up to steel BB's. For Long Range shooting you can't beat the Terror. I shoot mostly IC and Light Mod extended with steel 4's and 3's. The 935 Mod Mossy gives me 90% patterns with 7/8 oz of steel B's at around 1800 fps plus. This load is good to 50 yds before running out of pattern density penetrating to kill to about 73 yds where I hunt. I have over 62 chokes and 5 shotguns I use. Barrel resonance is the culprit that causes bad patterns. The less resonance the better the patterns. The extended chokes helps with reducing resonance. Ned S
cultivateitnow wrote:Reduce or change?
Rifle folks have been doing that for about 20 years now. I also think their is benefit to long tapered chokes versus trying to get it all done in the last inch of the barrel. In the old days cokes were about a foot long and produced very good patterns.
Have you experimented with barrel weights?