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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Pheasant shooters will almost certainly be using shotguns, not rifles. A shotgun cartridge contains many small pellets, and they lose their velocity much more rapidly than bullets do. In fact, their ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Falling birdshot stings a little, but I've never known it break the skin. It's no worse than having a 5p piece dropped on you from a couple of feet up. If you're on a public footpath, guns may not ...
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How should you find out about local shooting ranges in a new area?

Often times it makes sense to ask the locals by asking at gun shops or outdoor gear shops like for example Sportsman's Warehouse or Cabela's. The other good resource would be the managers of public ...
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What are the pros and cons of clear vs yellow tinted shooting glasses?

According to article Benefits of Copper, Orange, Yellow And Brown Lens Tints and from my own experience, but with cycling solar glasses: Copper, orange, yellow/amber and brown lens tints make an ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

The likelihood of you getting hit is difficult to estimate, but it's very, very improbable that you'd be struck randomly by falling shot. It'd be hard to make that arcing shot of hundreds of yards ...
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Why is doubling up with plugs and muffs when shooting not more effective?

As in the article linked by @topshot, it is because of two factors, Sound is being conducted by your bones around the hearing the protection. They don't act as two separate devices. The principal ...
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How do you remove a bullet from a cartridge?

If you can't break it free with pliers where you've added some kind of protection against the teeth (rags, etc) gouging the bullet, you are left with either a collet puller (top) that goes in your ...
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Why would one type of 22lr ammo be louder than another?

Assuming both the 40 and 60 grain are actually subsonic (the projectile does not break the sound barrier) and both have similar muzzle velocities, you should expect the 60 grain to be louder. It ...
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How can one assess the fit of a shotgun?

The general rule of thumb I've always read/heard is does the trigger hand placement naturally allow the finger to reach the trigger if you were to set the butt on the inside of the elbow - stick your ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

@WeatherVane is spot on, there is a specified safe distance for all kinds of projectiles, depending on what is being shot they simply cannot fly farther no matter how it was aimed. If they are ...
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How should you find out about local shooting ranges in a new area?

You could visit your local police department and ask if they can recommend a public range. This is somewhat more likely to get you a range that caters to handguns than rifles, but it's worth a try.
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Does chambering a round multiple times degrade its accuracy?

If chambering a round deforms or otherwise mars the bullet, it may have a decrease in accuracy. Even a damaged case can change the point of impact for very long range shots. Also, accuracy is a ...
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Do we refer to certain archery styles as "qualitative shooting"?

So, is "quality shooting" an official term to describe a bunch of disciplines (like traditional archery etc.)? No, de facto, I'd never met such interpretation even unofficially. Is it ...
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What are the relative advantages of .308 and .30-06

So the question remains.......what is the difference. Well in my experience there is very little difference when we are talking about bullet weights up to 180gr. A friend of mine has a 30-06 and I ...
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What are the pro and cons of two stage vs single stage triggers for hunting?

What the 2-stage gains you is having a perceived lighter trigger weight even though it is the same overall. I forget the technical term for it, but the first stage takes up the "slack" or travel in ...
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How to find good places for target shooting on National Forest Lands

As most of my experience is in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, this answer may be biased towards that location. I typically try to find promising places within the national ...
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What NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) should one look for in hearing muffs/earplugs for indoor shooting?

Despite what the extremely smart and dedicate (and if I say so myself good looking) individuals in the US military say is the maximum safe exposure, more noise reduction is always better to the extent ...
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Sighting in a Rifle without firing a shot

A bore sight will get you close, but it's not perfect and you will want to shoot real bullets to test your aim afterwards. If you bore sight it at 25 yards it should be on paper at 100 yards and you ...
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Why use a 20 MOA rail on top of a rifle?

For long range shooting, you have to aim above the target in order to hit it. For example, a 308 will have dropped 340 inches at 1,000 yards. (source: gunwerks.com) Source Instead of aiming above, it ...
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What to look for in a rifle bipod?

It is important to match your intended shooting height to the bipod that you select. Additionally, the longer that you are shooting the more stable the attachment between the rifle and the bipod need ...
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How can one assess the fit of a shotgun?

I have had good luck taking a shotgun in hand and then picking out a spot at a typical bird type height and distance, often where the ceiling meets the wall in a corner. Then I stare at the spot, and ...
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What are the relative advantages of .308 and .30-06

I have owned, reloaded, and hunted with both 30 caliber rounds and have to say that they are both very effective and capable for almost all hunting applications. The first comparison I can offer is ...
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I have an older shotgun designed for lead shot, can I use steel shot?

In addition, it isn't only the gun itself you should worry about with steel shot. For instance, my turkey plug is only for lead shot. I believe my shotgun can take either, but the specific plug I am ...
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Does chambering a round multiple times degrade its accuracy?

It turns out that repeatedly chambering a round should be avoided, not because of accuracy, but for safety reasons. When a bullet is repeatedly chambered, it can cause what is called set-back where ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

I performed a calculation using the Chairgun app, which includes ballistic data for a .177 round lead ball. Birdshot is even smaller than this, so it would lose energy even faster than the calculation ...
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How should you find out about local shooting ranges in a new area?

Often, public versions of these ranges are also operated/regulated by the same agency that regulates hunting/fishing/game harvest in the area. When I moved from Alaska to Michigan, I found that while ...
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Locations to sight in a rifle around Boise, Idaho

The best free outdoor range that I found was in Garden Valley. The range is free to use, however donations to the local gun club that maintains the site are encouraged. Personally I donate a few bucks ...
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What are the pros and cons of first vs second focal plane rifle scopes?

The technical difference is on which focal plane the reticle is etched on, at the focal plane between the objective and the image erector lens system (the First Focal Plane (FFP)), or the focal ...
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In shooting, what is a MOA (minute of angle)?

A minute of angle is a measure of an angle. It is 1/60th of a degree, 1/21600th of a circle. Often times you will see this in Scope increments, 1/8 of an MOA is more precise than 1/4. Scope ...
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Is 5R barrel rifling more accurate than 4 or 6 groove rifling?

tl;dr: No. Any theoretical advantage of one rifling profile over another is lost in execution. Since this is a question of practice, not theory, I appeal here to the experience of authorities in ...
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