Trap shooting shot size question

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  1. howlnmad

    howlnmad Old Guy Doing Things Moderator Supporting Member

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    My grandson has joined a trap league. He's using a 20 gauge Mossberg. What would be his better choice of shot? 9, 8 or 7 1/2?
     
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    I use #8 but in real cold weather I use 7 1/2. #9 shot is good for skeet.
     

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    Well Howln guess I'm a cheapskate as I shoot reclaimed which is obviously a mix of all you listed. It seems to work fine for my abilities and at $20 less a 25# bag seems like a good deal to me.
     
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    I usually use #8. But i am pretty bad and most of my clays break when they hit the ground.;)
     
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    I wish we could get that around here. Its over twice that price here.
     
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    we've been using 8 or 7 1/2 whichever is cheaper
     
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    howlnmad Old Guy Doing Things Moderator Supporting Member

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    He's not allowed to use reloads, it's YSS league. We have to buy the shells there or bring factory . It's $3.50 a box and they have all three sizes available. This is all new to me.
     
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    That being the case Howlnmad here's what I'd suggest. Pattern the shotgun using all three shot sizes and see what you come up with (http://www.chuckhawks.com/pattern_shotgun.htm). That way you can actually see what the shot looks like and make an educated decision.
     
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    I use # 7-1/2 or 8. As firpo said, do some pattern testing. Keep in mind heavier shot will retain its energy a little farther out, too, which can be helpful at longer distances (though you don't need much energy to crack clay)
     
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    in my experience, 9's lose velocity fast, you have to be quick to shoot 9's well at trap.. 8 is a good all round shot size for trap. Go to 7-1/2 if it is windy.

    He is slightly handicapped shooting a 20 gauge. The 12 gauge shooters are throwing a 1/4 ounce more shot. Move him into a 12 when he is ready.

    $3.50 / box is a great bargain. I can't load my own for that.
     
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    I guess we'll have to go pattern it and see what works best. I assume that it would be wise to do this with all the chokes.
     
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    Unless your grandson will be shooting Skeet also, don't waste your time or money patterning 9's. 16 yard trap targets are generally broken about 35-40 yards from the gun. You need heavier shot. Be more concerned that the gun is shooting where he is looking.

    If the gun is shooting a little high, that is ok for trap. He is shooting at a target that is rising. A gun that shoots a little high can be helpful.

    Trap requires a tight pattern, targets are broken at 35 yards plus. Skeet targets are broken at 25 yards or less. More open chokes are used for skeet. Cylinder, skeet, Improved cylinder.

    I hope that helps. You are in for an adventure.
     
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    Lots of good advice here for beginning shooters. Heavier shot will travel farther, and hit harder, but has less pellets in the load.
     
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    No need to use all the chokes other than it would be a nice experiment and education on what chokes do for your grandson. What chokes does he have? They've come out with new ones since I shot a lot of skeet. I'd use full and whichever he has that is the next tightest. Used to be a modified.
     
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    howlnmad Old Guy Doing Things Moderator Supporting Member

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    I know he has a full and improved. I'll have to get back to you with the third.
     
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