Shooting down shotgun myths

I plan to investigate and then verify or debunk several shotguning myths. These myths pertain to patterns, chokes, shot size, barrel length etc. I hope to investigate relationships such as:

  1. velocity vs. pattern size
  2. velocity vs. choke
  3. others as they interest me


Click on the links below to investigate subjects of interest.

Background and plan


Testing Method

Testing method

Velocity vs. pattern size

Velocity vs pattern --- Results--- True that pattern size increases with shot velocity

Velocity vs. Barrel length

Barrel length --- Results -- False that velocity increases with barrel length

Velocity vs. Choke

Choke vs Velocity --- Results -- True that velocity increases with increased choke

Controlling the pattern