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Davey in NM
June 24, 2000, 05:03 PM
Where can I obtain information on the maximum range of 12 gauge loads using No. 7-1/2 to 9 pellets?

Dave McC
June 25, 2000, 06:32 AM
Either the NRA or the ammo makers should be able to give you that,Davey. Toll Free Directory Assistance is 800-555-1212.

Young Buck
June 26, 2000, 04:58 PM
.........Though these are not official figures, I'd say that anything beyond a #5 shot will probably not go farther than 300 yards (I'm being optimistic) in the woods, don't try for over 75.... ANYthing slows them suckers down :)

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Mike Irwin
June 27, 2000, 11:44 AM
Get a copy of the NRA firearms fact book. That information is in there.

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June 27, 2000, 12:47 PM
Davey in NM,
Are you talking range as how far the pellets will go?
Or are you talking about EFFECTIVE range?

Number 9 pellets (quail) the effective range is about 40 yards.

Davey in NM
June 27, 2000, 02:56 PM
I'm interested in the MAXIMUM range. We are designing a shotgun range and need to know how large a buffer zone we need.

I contacted Winchester and they told me to call SAAMI. When I called SAAMI, the voice mail said the guy would not be back until next week.

My copy of the NRA Firearms Fact Book must be too old. It does not contain any information on maximum shot pellet ranges.

If anyone has the figures, or has a recent copy and could tell me what it says about the range of No. 7-1/2 and No. 9 shot from 12 gauge hunter and target loads, I sure would appreciate it.


June 28, 2000, 02:01 PM
We're going to be building a new trap & skeet range too. That's why asked that question at http://www.thefiringline.com/NonCGI/Forum2/HTML/001030.html

Seems that 300 yards was a fair estimate, though firmer numbers sure would be nice.

But if I can convince them that some of us would like to try using our .22 semi-autos against those clay pigeons, then we REALLY need a high backstop. Thus I'm evaluating locations where we have a high ridge or mountain in front of the shooters. Fortunately we have such areas in Central Colorado. Unfortunately most are darn near inaccessible half the year and the rest have landowners that may not be amenable to shooters and lead deposition. But we're still searching. Such a range would even let buckshot shooters try hitting clays.

Maybe I'll ask over at the Shotgun Sports forum http://www.shotgunsports.com/talkgrou.htm

Ruben Nasser
June 29, 2000, 09:15 AM
I don't remember where I have it (I'll try to dig it out), but the maximum range or pellets is directly related to their diameter: bigger ones go much further than smaller ones. 300 yards is OK for all bird pellet sizes, but of course buckshot would go further if shot at the ideal (about 35ยบ) angle.