smooth bore pistol pattern

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  1. Sep 13, 2019 #1

    zimmerstutzen

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    As I recall, conventional wisdom was that shot in a pistol was never a realistic hunting proposition. Perhaps ok for cutting a swath through a mutinous crew in the gangway, but that is it.

    Has anyone actually done some scientific type patterning of smooth pistols? One guy I know claims he can hit rabbits out to 30 ft. Not really much range if that is it.
     
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    Oldbear63

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    Here is a related question:
    If I shot a pattern for several rounds consisting of several different shot sizes (starting with 7, then 6, 5, down to buck shot), what pattern would I see in the increasing size and decreasing number of pellets?
     
  3. Sep 14, 2019 at 5:01 AM #3

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    I have a couple of short videos of me shooting some #4 buckshot out of my .69 caliber pistol. It is not very scientific but it might be of interest to you. It is in 2 videos, less than 2 minutes each.

    I was personally surprised at how tight the group was at a distance of about 20 feet.

    Part 1

    Part 2
     
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  4. Sep 14, 2019 at 2:47 PM #4

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    Here are a couple of patterns fired from my Jackie Brown flintlock 20 gauge pistol, 8" barrel, cylinder bore at 10 yards. Both shots were wadded with tow overpowder and overshot.

    Goex 3F 30 gr., 35 gr. eq. #6 shot:
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    Goex 3F 35 gr., equal volume #6 shot:
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    Spence
     
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  5. Sep 14, 2019 at 7:43 PM #5

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    Have you tried something more like a square load?
     
  6. Sep 15, 2019 at 12:06 AM #6

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    The video above was the first time I had tried any type of shot, so no I have not tried a square load. I was pleasantly surprised by the results though!
     

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