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Old December 6, 2002, 10:09 PM   #1
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How do you expect your HD shotgun to pattern?

I patterned my Mossy 500 Persuader with 000 buck at 7 yards. The pattern shot basically POA but I was a little surprised to see the pellets (I believe there are about 14-15 in the 1-1/8 oz load) to be dispersed in a pattern about 4 feet wide.

Is that what you'd expect at these rangges out of the 18.5" cylinder bore barrel? Guess I expected it to be more concentrated, say 2' or so. Any opinions?
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Old December 7, 2002, 12:18 AM   #2
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iam - try several (as in every brand you can get your hands on - keep records too) brands of your choice of 00 or 000.

Different brands behave diffently in different guns.

FWIW - my Vang is one big azzed hole out to about 11 yards, after that it begins to pattern, all 9 pellets stay on the chest till around 31 or 32 yrds.

Good luck.
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Old December 7, 2002, 12:37 AM   #3
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agree, try them all.

I've shot patterns that range from 6" to 24" @ 25yrds distance. 4ft sounds very large at 7yrds. My typical dove&quail load of #7.5 or 8 does about 4ft or more at 7rds.

If you are really shooting 000 what's the load and shell length? 14-15 is alot of triple Ought Buck for a 3" shell. Most 3" magnum loads of 00B holds 10-15 pellet and the only other load I know that has a qty of over 10 pellets for 000B is mfg via remington.

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I believe there are about 14-15 in the 1-1/8 oz load)
A typical 000B loading in a 2.75: shell runs about 8pellets. Since you mention 1 1/8oz payload is this buck or birdshoot? I never heard of any buck load reference with payload weight.
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Old December 7, 2002, 06:26 AM   #4
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Kris, 10 yard patterns usually run about the size of a small saucer to that of a dinner plate.
One recent article in Shotgun Sports magazine has a Ccylinder Choke and 8 shot going into 16-18" at 10 yards.

My chokeless HD 870 patterns the best 00 load into 16-20" at 25 yards.

I'd try other loads. If they do not tighten up, something's out of kilter.

If the choke or bbl's not rifled, check to see if the muzzle is out of round.

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Old December 7, 2002, 09:30 AM   #5
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Thanks...

...for the replies. I thought that seemed WAY huge for a pattern. I like the idea of an 18" pattern for HD, 4 feet give greate "coverage" but lousy impact.

Just to answer some of the questions above, my Mossy is a brand new Persauder, 18" smoothbore, open choke. Loads are Win AA hull, 19 gr of Red Dot, Win AA wads, 13 (oops, not 14-15) pellets of 000 buck, buffer in between the pellets.

I'd believe it might be my handloads before I'd believe something wrong with the barrel. Thanks again.
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Old December 7, 2002, 10:52 AM   #6
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I think there is something about that load that is blowin the pattern.

In that gun.

I have never had a pattern anywhere near that spread. Even usin flat wads (no shot cup) and tru cylinder bore guns.

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