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Old 07-24-2019, 09:50 AM   #1
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Near miss?

I'm fairly new to sporting clays, 3 years, and am messing around with shot sizes and velocities. I usually shoot #8 at 1200 fps and sometimes #9 if the birds are close. I've noticed several occasions, really not all that often, where the bird seemed to "dodge" the shot via sharp movements off trajectory and it wasn't broken that my squad members could see. Is it just a near miss or is it light hits from small / too few pellets making contact? If that's the case, would 7 1/2's be a better choice? I understand a more centered shot pattern would help but I'm not quite that good of a shot yet.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:10 PM   #2
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A lot will depend on what type of target and what distance.

BIO targets are physically harder than pitch targets and you get a lot of "dust" and no breakage. Rabbit targets are thicker to withstand bouncing on the ground. Both of those are better handled with 7-1/2s. If you are just "pushing" the target a little, you probably hit it with the barest fringe of your pattern and thus did not break it.
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:28 AM   #3
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And occasionally you'll find one that's hard as a rock (literally).

A few times over the years I've shot clays that stopped and dropped like a rock and it takes a lot to stop something going that fast in midair, but it didn't break and didn't break when they hit the ground either. I could be wrong but I'd swear that it happens more after a downpour here.
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