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Old 08-03-2020, 09:08 PM   #11
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I guess we won't be shooting together. I lived near Lake Geneva for a short time about ten years ago...in the Summer. Great State for fishing. regards, rich
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Old 08-04-2020, 10:45 AM   #12
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tarpon ??

what's this 60/40 etc talk about??? i'm shooting a Winchester Orion with the 26 inch barrel. screw in chokes.
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I am just learning. but,

if you "pattern" the shot stream from any shotgun, it may perfectly circle your "target"....i.e. bullseye or just a dot on white piece of paper....the pellet pattern would be equidistant on all sides of the DOT. That would be called 50/50. 50/50, supposedly, works best for Skeet and many hunting situations.

On the other hand, if your gun was set up to shoot for Trap, you might want your shot pattern to be above the DOT. Maybe as much as 70/30, or more. Seventy percent of the pellets would wind up ABOVE the DOT; with 30% of them below the DOT.

That higher shot pattern is often considered best to hit the constantly rising Trap Clay Pigeon better.

If you shot the same rising pigeon with a 50/50 set-up gun, you'd have to lose sight of the target/clay pigeon momentarily because you'd cover the clay with the barrel. If you didn't cover the clay pigeon with your barrel, you wouldn't be aiming Above the rising target.

Trap guys talk a lot about "floating the bird". Which seems to mean that they are aiming at the base or "feet" of the clay pigeon, yet their pellets will hit the bird while it is rising. That is the effect of a 70/30 or 80/20 shot setup. They never lose site of the clay pigeon.

From my reading (remember, I have only a few dozen outings under my old belt at this time)...the higher patterns are accomplished by using the rail on top of the gun. If that rail is sloping down; and the shooter is "aiming" Down the rail/ramp, the gun's barrel is actually pointing slightly upwards.

Some guns come with adjustable rails, for the very purpose to allow for a 50/50; 60./40; 70/30; 80/20 pattern, depending on the shooter's perceived needs.

Trap seems to be the one clay sport that requires more specialization than skeet, or Sporting Clays.

Remember, this is almost the Blind leading the Blind.
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Old 08-04-2020, 11:56 AM   #14
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This no doubt explains the theory far better than I can. rich

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