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Shot Drop Factor

 Perhaps one of the things that will cross a shotgun hunters mind once in awhile is how much does shot drop over a given distance and does it matter. It goes without saying that the pellets are losing energy as they travel down-range to their intended target. The controversy continues to rear its head all the time on the sporting clays and trap fields. It is this one issue that confuses so many shotgunners from beginners to some real top notch shooters, the shot drop factor.

The Shot Does Drop:
 Now lets look at the difference in drop and energy factors of these 1 1/8 ounce lead loads of #7 1/2, #8, #9 and #4 shot. Muzzle velocity factor of 1,200 feet per second, down-range 60 yards.

 Shot Drop Factor:
#7 1/2 lead shot will drop 10.9 inches from bore line to 60 yards.
#8 lead shot will drop 11.3 inches from bore line to 60 yards.
#9 lead shot will drop 12.4 inches from bore line to 60 yards.
#4 lead shot will drop 8.8 inches from bore line to 60 yards.

 Shot Energy Factor:
#7 1/2 lead shot will retain .85 ft.lbs. energy per pellet at 60 yards.
#8 lead shot will retain .68 ft.lbs. energy per pellet at 60 yards.
#9 lead shot will retain .42 ft.lbs. energy per pellet at 60 yards.
#4 lead shot will retain 3.01 ft.lbs. energy per pellet at 60 yards.

 Pellet Count 1-1/8 Ounce Load:
#7 1/2 = 393 Pellets.
#8 = 462 Pellets.
#9 = 658 Pellets.
#4 = 152 Pellets.

 Arrival Time At 60 Yards In Seconds:
#7 1/2 lead shot will travel 60 yards in .2375 seconds
#8 lead shot will travel 60 yards in .2423 seconds.
#9 lead shot will travel 60 yards in .2538 seconds.
#4 lead shot will travel 60 yards in .2140 seconds.

 Overview:
 All of the above data is true and accurate.











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