mudpack wrote:goosepit2007 wrote:that load that Rick hall mentioned 7/8 oz of fives going 1500 fps even if it is actually little less fps will kill to 28 yards(900ft above sea level) easly... done a lot of testing with 12 gauge with five shot same 7/8 oz and was lights out...most people can not shoot that well past 30 yards anyways...20 gauge does not make difference ....over 12 gauge same shot charge..same results...that is if your 20 gauge patterns the load without holes ect. goose
You are right, goose; it's the payload that counts, not the size of the barrel it comes out of. That's why larger gauge guns are more effective than smaller gauge guns: the larger gauge guns can utilize a larger payload. A larger payload means longer effective range, all else being equal.
The main reason 20 gauge guns are generally shorter-range guns is that they can only throw lighter payloads. They are also less efficient for the average shooter at shorter ranges because the lighter payload means you have to choke tighter to keep pattern density up....and a tighter choke means less room for error, pointing-wise.
At very short ranges....less than 20 yards....it makes little difference if you are shooting a 10 gage with 1.5oz of shot or a 20 gage with 7/8oz of shot.
well reason i said.28yards is because five steel shot body hits no head neck hits is about it for clean kills. do to size shot and energy retained in flight after leaving bbl...no.mater 11/8oz of fives or 3/4 oz five steel ...about it for yardage head neck.hits along wsys out there for yardages but that can not be guaranteed...20 gauge 7/8 and or oz loads three get ya to forty easy with improved mod choke...same in 12 gauge 7/8oz and oz gets ya to that same yardage