collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Shotgun - Powder Charge Versus Velocity  (Read 863 times)

Offline KP-Skagit

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Dec 2015
  • Posts: 390
  • Location: Skagit Valley
Shotgun - Powder Charge Versus Velocity
« on: October 18, 2021, 10:10:03 AM »
Question for those that know more about this than I do. Essentially, what is more important when the shot size is the same? Powder charge or muzzle velocity? Shells commonly state both, I have some ammo that has a lighter charge, but higher velocity. Seems to me that powder charge is likely less important than velocity. Perhaps powder charge was more commonly used before chronographs and we have just been holding onto it. Different powders might produce more energy than others based on a given weight.

I picked up a 28 guage during the off-season and have been loving it for chukar. I am a little more conscious of load choice now compared to my 12 ga however. I have some 1 oz shells that push things 1200 FPS and some 5/8 oz that push 1350.


Offline Curly

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Legend
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 20924
  • Location: Thurston County
Re: Shotgun - Powder Charge Versus Velocity
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2021, 10:29:19 AM »
Question for those that know more about this than I do. Essentially, what is more important when the shot size is the same? Powder charge or muzzle velocity? Shells commonly state both, I have some ammo that has a lighter charge, but higher velocity. Seems to me that powder charge is likely less important than velocity. Perhaps powder charge was more commonly used before chronographs and we have just been holding onto it. Different powders might produce more energy than others based on a given weight.

I picked up a 28 guage during the off-season and have been loving it for chukar. I am a little more conscious of load choice now compared to my 12 ga however. I have some 1 oz shells that push things 1200 FPS and some 5/8 oz that push 1350.

Powder charge is essentially meaningless.  The velocity is what really matters.  The higher the velocity, the farther you can theoretically kill with it.......(I say theoretically because if the pattern sucks, it doesn't really matter if it faster).

With that said though, I don't believe I've ever seen a manufacturer state the powder charge weight on the box.  Sometimes they might say Dram Equiv....... :dunno:

Are you asking about amount of shot vs velocity?
May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

><((((>` ><((((>. ><((((>.><((((>

Offline KP-Skagit

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Dec 2015
  • Posts: 390
  • Location: Skagit Valley
Re: Shotgun - Powder Charge Versus Velocity
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2021, 10:44:27 AM »
Looks like I was misled by some labeling. One box says Dram Eq and no ounces, the other, ounces but no dram. I had therefore, interpreted they were saying the same thing.

Looks like I was misinterpreting ounces of shot as ounces of powder.

As I said, I am used to feeding my 12 "whatever's cheapest" so have never gotten into this much.

Thank you!

Offline CP

  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2008
  • Posts: 5891
  • Location: Mukilteo
Re: Shotgun - Powder Charge Versus Velocity
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2021, 11:02:28 AM »
Dram eq is a holdover from black powder days.  Doesn't mean much anymore.  Powder amount is never given on shotgun shells; it would be meaningless without knowing what the powder is. 


 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

New Williams Site Set by Myrtle Creek Inc.
[Today at 07:14:31 AM]


Muzzleloader Bullets vs. Ballistic Gel by Myrtle Creek Inc.
[Today at 07:13:26 AM]


FS NWOT Badlands Diablo vt price drop by huntnfmly
[Today at 06:10:08 AM]


Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip by HUNTIN4SIX
[Today at 06:06:47 AM]


New Sitka bino harness by WAcoyotehunter
[Today at 05:58:52 AM]


Brooks Range Dall Sheep - Foot on the gas!!! by jasnt
[Today at 05:09:02 AM]


Barrel ? by jasnt
[Today at 05:06:32 AM]


multi season tags by Sliverslinger
[Yesterday at 10:45:00 PM]


Hunter farms by crazywednesday
[Yesterday at 10:36:20 PM]


.270 Reloading Bullets for Sale by turkey buster
[Yesterday at 10:24:40 PM]


SIG SAUER BDX SCOPE/RANGE FINDER COMBO by Kauaiian
[Yesterday at 10:24:09 PM]


Who uses .410 shotguns for upland???....I have questions. by Ridgeratt
[Yesterday at 10:21:47 PM]


2022 Bears by Stevewazfishing
[Yesterday at 10:21:46 PM]


WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL? by crazywednesday
[Yesterday at 10:20:35 PM]


Brand new Sitka bino harness by WAcoyotehunter
[Yesterday at 10:10:22 PM]


Filson upland jacket. New with tags by WAcoyotehunter
[Yesterday at 09:57:44 PM]


Sell Ithaca Mag 10 Deluxe and 2 cases of goose ammo by blackdog
[Yesterday at 09:55:41 PM]


2022 Bull Moose Tag Kettle Range / East Okanogan by flyguide
[Yesterday at 09:12:33 PM]


Douglas A Early Bull Moose by flyguide
[Yesterday at 09:06:00 PM]


Pop's Drew A Moose by flyguide
[Yesterday at 09:03:56 PM]

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2022, SimplePortal