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#3624699 - 03/24/14 09:27 AM 40 yards
m_allison71
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This is at 40 yards with #6 shot. I think it will do the job. What do you think?
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#3624708 - 03/24/14 09:38 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: m_allison71]
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If that is a 40yd pattern, I'd shoot it at 30 to see what it looks like.... I wouldn't be taking a 40 yard shot with that pattern... no offense. Too many gaps and assuming you were aining for the red-dot in the center.... not really any "killing" pellets in the head/neck areas.
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#3624713 - 03/24/14 09:50 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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I don't think it will consistently do the job. In fact that pattern would make me very nervous at 25, not to mention 40. As all know I like a more open pattern than the majority of hunters, but I can get a better pattern with a Improved cylinder choke and 6's.

What gun, load, and choke are you using?

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#3624720 - 03/24/14 09:59 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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After adjusting the scope it looks better. I still need to bring it down some.
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#3624721 - 03/24/14 09:59 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: Setterman]
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6 shot is too small at 40 yards IMO. It doesn't retain enough energy at that distance to guarantee a kill.
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#3624723 - 03/24/14 10:01 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: m_allison71]
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Its a Mossberg 500 with a Hastings .640 choke and Federal 3 inch Mag- Shoks.
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#3624726 - 03/24/14 10:09 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: m_allison71]
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Do you have a more open choke in the .655-.660 to try.... there is such a thing as over-choking which results in blown patterns....

I still wouldn't trust the second pattern @ 40yds.... too many open gaps very few if any in the "kill area".....
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#3624730 - 03/24/14 10:12 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: m_allison71]
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I agree with what others have stated regarding pattern density; that's a little light for my liking at 40 yards. That .640 choke seems tight...might be OVERchoking the load resulting in a less than optimal pattern. You might also try polishing your barrel; some of those Mossberg barrels are rougher than a Nebraska cob.
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#3624733 - 03/24/14 10:17 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: m_allison71]
m_allison71
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This is the same set up with #4 shot. I have used this combination for 15 years and for some reason it isn't shooting like it used to. Maybe a bad lot?


Edited by m_allison71 (03/24/14 10:22 AM)
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#3624759 - 03/24/14 10:50 AM Re: 40 yards [Re: m_allison71]
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Sorry, but none of those sheets have enough pellets for me. I don't want the ultra tight stuff that a lot of hunters want. But those are all very open IMO

.640 seems amazingly tight in terms of constriction

If its worked for 15 years why the angst now? Is this the first time you've patterned it?

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