Missing Shots? Could It Be Your Shot String?

Shot string is length of the pellet cloud measured from the very front pellet to the very last one as it moves through the air towards a target. A ton of people know about patterning and the concept behind it, but very few take the time learn about their shot string.

The easiest way to tell the differences between the two is patterning tells you where all the pellets are hitting, shot string tells you how long it takes for all the pellets to hit. Lets look a little deeper into the subject and see if your shot string is a problem and if you can improve your shot string.

Lets start with some of what affects your shot string- type of choke, pressures from firing and shot hardness/type of shot. Now all those factors determine the amount of deformation to the shot (shot that is no longer round like it was prior to firing). More shot deformation equals longer shot string, and that’s not good.

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Type of Choke

If you run a cylinder bore (no choke) there is nothing at the end of the barrel for the shot to get forced through. If on the other hand you have a full choke, then the shot has to squeeze its way through the choke which can cause shot deformation and lengthen your shot string. But we have round up of the best gun safes available in the market and recommended some top models for you according to their sizes and usability.

Pressures from firing

As the powder ignites and begins to propel the shot down the barrel with a massive amount of acceleration causing the shot at the back of the pack to get deformed (compressed) from the pressures.

Type of shot/hardness of the shot

This ties directly into the other 2 variables I talked about; soft shot will deform far more easily and affect your shot string. Take steel and tungsten iron pellets for example; they are significantly harder then lead and are not deformed by the rapid acceleration out of a gun barrel so you will have a better (shorter) shot string.

So how can you easily improve your shot string (and patterning)? Spend the extra change and get quality ammunition to use. Look for something that is made of hard shot (high antimony count), platted shot (copper or nickel) and steel shot. Try and avoid the cheap soft lead ones.The harder the shot= the less it will become deformed= the smaller the shot string and the better the pattern.

A quick, down and dirty way to compare shot deformation between types is to open up a shell and grab a couple pieces of shot, then grab some pliers (channel locks work great) and slowly squeeze the shot making note of how much pressure you used and how much it deforms. Then try the test on some other types and compare.…

When is the best time to start playing music?

Many of people question themselves if the age is not a limitation in the reference to the learning to play. It is heard often “am too old for that”, or the million of different excuses which theoretically justify our checking in the way to the top of musical possibilities.

In fact, if a man gets involved more in one action, he more regrets that he did not begin learning earlier. And so was with me – I started http://www.themusictips.com/best-time-to-start-playing/interesting in music at the age of 12. Two years later my dad bought me first pair of drumsticks, and I went on the first lesson of playing the drums after several months of independent playing.

I remember these times with fondness and a bit of shivers on my back, because this was something new for me. Something I wanted very much – to imbibe knowledge about my instrument and exercise. I exercised more and more and waited for the next lesson every the week.

I was able to spend the whole days on the practice snare rudiments on sofa and pillows;)

If I started playing drums at the age of 10, if even 5 – who knows in what “technical condition” I would be now.

For those deliberations motivates us often the conviction that we are not the best at all. We don’t play as perfectly as we seemed.
But we still have a goal.

You have continually the enthusiasm, which causes that you feel the same shiver, when you had the guitar in your hands first time. Your instrument which accumulated the hectolitres of Your sweat and epidermis.

In my opinion, the age is not the limitation in learning to play the instrument.

The age is NOT a limitation to enjoy your passion!

Young people asks this question the most often, just at the beginning of their adventure with music. On the other hand, youth in the “rebellious” age “powered by the motor of the passion” and the aroused love to rock’n’roll, takes the guitar in their hands and pours their emotions on the instrument.

However, wanting to think about playing seriously, they come across on limitations – verbatim from all sides:

  • school and/or work
  • duties at the home
  • too weak technique
  • crappy equipment
  • the age
  • not enough time in general

Well, where do we know that from?

The conclusion which pushes me after these considerations is the fact, that we put restrictions by ourselves. We try to excuse our lack of the commitment by oneself.

So what is the answer on the question from the topic?
Your time on the conquest of the world of music is right now! Your future is in your hands. And the future of rock’n’roll also;)

Don’t lose the time on excuses – a good time management will cause, that you will sit down with your instrument and You will fall in love with music anew.…