How To: Pattern your shotgun

Pattern your shotgun

When shooting a shotgun, you don't really have to aim--just point and shoot. Whether you hit what you're shooting at depends on how well you did your homework. "Patterning" your shotgun allows you to choose exactly the right brand of shells, size and type of shot and type of choke required for the game you're pursuing. Set yourself up 40 yards from a 30-inch circle target, and bring along several brands of shells in various shot sizes. Use some form of rest like sandbags on a table or a rolled up sleeping bag to help steady the shotgun. You must hold the gun and point it at the target exactly the same way every time you fire. Watch this how-to video for tips on shotgun patterning.

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