kenner wrote:Thanks for putting these numbers out there!
I think we should assume body shooting. Some of y'all are capable of head-shooting,, and some are shooting at point-blank distances, where smaller pellets can be used. BUT,, for people coming to this site, looking for recommended and reliable loads, they need to have loads that will give them a reasonable chance of success, if they can center the target at a given range and use the correct choke.
Fair enough. I get your point.
I get a lot of friends and friends of friends wanting to come out and shoot birds... many of which have never shot much of anything. So in these cases you are absolutely right.
What I set them up with is a mod choke, basic low velocity shells, and pellets a bit bigger than I would normally use. So instead of #4's on close ducks I'll give them #2's or BB... as they;ll probably miss and still have enough "oomf" for that 2nd or 3rd shot that you know is way out of range, and hitting it with the outside of the pattern they'll still get a kill with a one pellet hit.
After that if they;re still into it they;ll make their own choices about what shells they like... most of them make the circuit from funny pellet shapes and expensive chokes till they're happy enough.