Testing tss loads in cold weather?

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Eclipseman
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Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by Eclipseman » March 11th, 2018, 6:40 am

Am I wasting my time testing tss loads in colder weather such as 20f-40f? I hear colder weather means the air is denser causing patterns to break up earlier but I have no idea how much of an impact. If you could just give me a “for example” such as let’s say you are getting between 200-250 pellets in a ten ring at 40 yards on a warmer day what would a cold day do to the pattern? Thanks!

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by hookedspur » March 11th, 2018, 8:29 am

I don't think it's a waste of time , I like testing in all kinds of weather ,just to know how my loads are going to perform.
Last year in Nebraska it was 35 degrees and snowing , I did get my birds .
My loads do gain a few shot in warmer temps but pattern well in colder temps as well.

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by howl » March 11th, 2018, 9:56 am

I like the idea of testing for ten yards further than you'll shoot and in conditions as bad as you'll shoot. Bad includes cold, wind, and heat.

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by Gar Commander » March 11th, 2018, 10:59 am

If you have a trap to catch most of your shot it may be worthwhile. If you are getting 300+- like most people on here at any temperature, I would think it is unnecessary

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by norINhunter » March 11th, 2018, 4:41 pm

If the weather is cooler it'll impact it by roughly 10%. No empirical evidence other than my experiences. Being from northern Indiana I have a lot of time on my hands before the season starts in late April. Build you a shot trap and it'll be the best 80 bucks spent.

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by swampchicken » March 11th, 2018, 4:52 pm

Had a buddy just shoot his gun this morning at 50 yds with a 2 ounce load of 8s and put 179 in a 10" circle. It was 34 degrees and drizzling with a few snow flakes mixed in. He wanted to know how his gun shot in inclement weather.

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by RapscallionVermilion » March 11th, 2018, 6:10 pm

norINhunter wrote:
March 11th, 2018, 4:41 pm
If the weather is cooler it'll impact it by roughly 10%. No empirical evidence other than my experiences. Being from northern Indiana I have a lot of time on my hands before the season starts in late April. Build you a shot trap and it'll be the best 80 bucks spent.
That estimate is consistent with my numbers too. About a 10% change in the 10" for 40 degrees in temperature change.
I hunt at ~10,000 feet elevation in NM (pattern at 6500 feet) and a few hundred feet elevation in MA. That makes a huge difference in air density and so tight patterns here (320 with 1 5/8 9s) are more like 240 in the 10" at 400 ft elevation.

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by appalachianassassin » March 11th, 2018, 7:20 pm

I would rather know my very worst pattern than my best anyway.
gotta love turkey huntin!!!

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by Eclipseman » March 12th, 2018, 6:47 am

norINhunter wrote:
March 11th, 2018, 4:41 pm
If the weather is cooler it'll impact it by roughly 10%. No empirical evidence other than my experiences. Being from northern Indiana I have a lot of time on my hands before the season starts in late April. Build you a shot trap and it'll be the best 80 bucks spent.
do you have any links or can give me issue on what to use for a shot trap?

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Re: Testing tss loads in cold weather?

Post by turkeyinstrut » March 12th, 2018, 9:02 am

Eclipseman wrote:
March 12th, 2018, 6:47 am
norINhunter wrote:
March 11th, 2018, 4:41 pm
If the weather is cooler it'll impact it by roughly 10%. No empirical evidence other than my experiences. Being from northern Indiana I have a lot of time on my hands before the season starts in late April. Build you a shot trap and it'll be the best 80 bucks spent.
do you have any links or can give me issue on what to use for a shot trap?
Here is a link from this site as there are several on here with a search, you can also google it.

http://www.gobblernation.com/phpBB3/vie ... =shot+trap

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