Shotfall Range


I am setting up a trap range at my home. I have 11 acres, so believe I am legal. I was wondering if you could give me an idea of the maximum distance of travel that a typical trap load will go before the shot drops to the ground?

Thanks in advance for your insight.


Dear Keith,

The maximum distance of shotshell pellets is based on their size and velocity, not gauge. A #6 pellet at 1200 fps will go as far from a 10 gauge as it will from a 410.

A typical target load of #7 1/2 s at 1200 fps can go 237 yards according to the Lyman “Shotshell Reloading Handbook” 4th edition. Increasing initial velocity to 1350 fps will only stretch it out to 247 yards.

It isn’t the velocity of the pellet that makes it carry distance. It’s the size. Increasing pellet size from #7 1/2 to #2, while keeping the velocity at 1350 fps, will increase distance from 247 yards to 337 yards. Big “OO” buckshot can go over 600 yards, whereas small #9 at 1350 fps only goes 224 yards. Size does matter.Most clay target ranges have very strict rules about not using pellets larger than #7 1/2. Now you see why.

A square acre is about 70 yards on each side, so you can figure out what you need based on the shape of your parcel.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)

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