Yuchi1 wrote:mudpack wrote:ned's numbers have been proven ( by whom? ) to be ridiculously low in the last five years, so you can disregard them.
I like solway's post and Elvis' is worth noting, too.
Minimum pattern density is that which will reliably (that doesn't mean half the time, either) put 5 pellets into the vital area of the bird you're trying to kill.
By the way, two BB's are not a reliable killer of birds, whereas 4 or 5 number 4's is.
Yes, birds are killed by one Golden Pellet every year. Does that mean that a load consisting of ONE pellet is a viable load?
Of course not.
Look at it this way: the more appropriately-sized shot you have in a pattern, the better the chance of ONE of those pellets striking a vital....and that's what you're looking for: at least ONE pellet in the vitals.
Well, since Ned has admitted to using Burrard's method of using the birds body weight in ounces to determine the area of the vital organs as the basis for determining the minimum pattern and since Burrard, in subsequent writings eschewed that method for something more empirical, you could say that Burrard himself was one. George Secor did some work on this as well. And, of course, there's the 25,000 or so necropsies by Roster and CONSEP that indicate that the numbers listed by ned are utterly ridiculous. And, if I recall correctly, there were several state game commissions that published data in support of these denser pattern recommendations.