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Author Topic: 8.5 vs 9 tss  (Read 324 times)

Offline Jake.251

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8.5 vs 9 tss
« on: February 11, 2024, 11:12:01 PM »
Who prefers 8.5s and why.

Offline Ranman

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Re: 8.5 vs 9 tss
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2024, 11:39:19 PM »
Not me.. I’m a 9 guy.

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Re: 8.5 vs 9 tss
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2024, 06:45:58 AM »
Nines. Better pattern density and all the penetration you will ever need, but it is purely academic. I have used both and either will work just fine. Don't overthink it.

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Re: 8.5 vs 9 tss
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2024, 05:57:45 PM »
Not trying to over think it. I have killed plenty with nines. I was testing a 20 ga the other day and it shot in the 290s with 8.5s. So considering the good pattern I was curious if there is really any advantage. The same gun shot 9s in the 300-320 range.

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8.5 vs 9 tss
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2024, 06:20:13 PM »
Those 8s 8.5 hit like a train when they hit…If i was getting those numbers id prob go for it

Its like a yellow jacket or a wood hornet one hurts more and will mow a path of brush

You shooting 1 5/8 load ?


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Re: 8.5 vs 9 tss
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2024, 06:40:20 PM »
My 20 gauge Mossberg 500 does 235+ in a 10" at 40 yards with 8.5s in 1 3/8th load from Foxtrot.

20 years ago the goal was to break 100 in a 10" circle with lead 4s or 5s and we were happy.

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Offline Jake.251

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Re: 8.5 vs 9 tss
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2024, 06:51:57 PM »
Yes 1 5/8 load

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Re: 8.5 vs 9 tss
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2024, 09:06:56 AM »
Banded Spur is correct. Don't overthink it. NY went to #9s last year but I still use #8s tss hand loads because I believe they hit a little harder. That's me... I concentrate on shot placement

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Re: 8.5 vs 9 tss
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2024, 05:57:29 PM »
I prefer 8.5's if i am shooting tss. It gives me waaay more of a pattern than I need at 40, and since that's my max distance, I want them deaderer than if I shot them with #9's