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Pellet Energy, Sizes and Types
|Selecting a particular shot
size is controlling the energy your load will deliver at a given range. Most often,
you will want to shoot the densest pattern (re: the smallest pellets) that are capable of
delivering sufficient energy for clean kills. If your target is made of clay and to
be taken under 25 yards, number 9 shot will be great. If you are shooting big geese on the
prairie in a screaming north wind, number "T" buck, or larger might be
Generally, less-dense pellets, such a steel shot, require a size increase over denser lead pellets a calculation to retain lethal energy further. As long as you understand that larger pellets will carry a diminished pattern farther, you are qualified to begin assessing your pellet size needs.
For hunting game, we like to influence you toward larger pellets. Too many hunters choose pellets based strictly upon pattern board results. Paper is easy, but game is tough. It will not matter how many times you hit game if none of those hits are lethal - you may as well be throwing a handful of acorns. Of course we do not encourage you to use number 2 shot for your next pheasant hunt, but perhaps consider a one size increase when in doubt. Let the conditions, range and game dictate your choices.
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