Killing Pattern Dia

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Killing Pattern Dia

Postby Ned S » Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:19 pm

I always wondered why a 30" dia circle is the standard pattern area. Well in over 2300 steel patterns I have shot, I have never seen a killing pattern bigger than 30" dia. That doesn't mean it couldn't be accomplished. Even when I developed a 20 yd load by duplex inverting (20% bigger shot under 80% smaller shot) the killing pattern was still 30" dia. I did have a 7 1/2 lead spreader load that gave a 32" pattern. Ned S the young 78 yr old who hopes to go after mallards in the morning. Suppose to get 4" of snow.
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Postby Sagebrush » Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:35 pm

30 " at 40 yards is the "Standard" everyone uses, since

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Postby pennsyltucky » Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:18 pm

you need to try something heavier than 7/8oz ifn u want a bigger pattern than 30 inches. i have no trouble getting a killing pattern thats about 48 inches or so (covers a sheet of plywood widthwise + some) with my 10ga and a big load of 3's or 5's. 1650 fps helps spread it a little and i use a 10ga o/s card slid into the slots of the wad longways before i put the shot in. acts like a spreaderX almost.
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Postby Ned S » Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:27 pm

10 gages???? I "aint" young enough, big enough or strong enough to handle one of "them there" cannons. I'm just to dang brittle. 3 1/2 12 gage with a 10 gage barrel is all I can handle (barely) Those 30" dia 7/8 oz patterns are just fine. Ned S the young 78 yr old waiting on another winter storm. I got plenty of Pinto beans.
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Postby pennsyltucky » Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:42 pm

haha that there 10ga barrel with the 12ga 3 1/2 hurts ya alot more than the real 10ga does!! i shot one a few times without weight and wont do it again. now when i go to pattern my father-in-laws 835, i pop off the buttstock and dump it full of #9-lead....... takes the bite out of it. you can shoot my "cannon" all day. that light 12ga busts u up pretty quick :eek:
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Postby Ned S » Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:01 pm

I patterned 27 3 1/2" loads one summer afternoon with only a T shirt on. My 935 doesn't kick that much, I didn't have any ouchies or bruises. I owned a 835 at one time and know what kick is. Ned S with 6" of snow.
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Postby Citori12 » Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:50 pm

FYI a mallard duck from tip of bill to tail fits inside a thirty inch circle. (passing profile) If every pellet does not fit inside the thirty inch circle that is probably good for mallards. For Teal and widgeon well............for clay targets well....for geese. A good canada goose at 12lbs is wingtip to wing tip. Beak to tail well over the size of a 30" circle. For me? cylinder patterns at 40 yards work pretty dang well. ( out to 60 with geese)
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