Shotgunning: The Art and the Science

Shotgunning: The Art and the Science

by Bob Brister

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Anyone who has ever shot and missed with a shotgun-or who hits his target but not with the consistency he desires-will profit from reading this book. Even experts will find what Bob Brister has to say both fascinating and helpful. In this authoritative yet fast-paced book, Brister examines virtually every shooting problem a shotgunner is likely to face. Using photographs taken literally over the gun barrel, he shows and tells the reader how to mount, point, and swing through the target with proper forward allowance. Required leads, obtained with computers and tested on a moving target, are translated into "bird lengths" for easier shooting recognition. Selection of guns, loads, and chokes for various ranges is discussed along with velocity and penetration, effects of recoil upon the shooter, and wind and temperature effects upon shotshells. Brister's unique 16-foot moving target adds an entirely new dimension in determining effectiveness of guns and loads by revealing how shot pellets string out and impact at various speeds and distances. His findings on both lead and steel shot loads, and chapters on gun fit, balance, and competition should interest skeet and trap shooters as well as hunters. In essence, Shotgunning: the Art and the Science forms a veritable encyclopedia of shotgunning for the modern reader and outdoorsman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620878309
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 608,337
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bob Brister was a rare combination of field hunter, competitor, and writer. A shooting champion and internationally recognized expert at skeet, trap, and hunting upland birds and waterfowl, Brister was a longtime shooting editor at Field & Stream and Pulitzer Prize nominee. He died in 2005.

Table of Contents

1Learning to Shoot15
2Shotgun Etiquette25
3The Pump-Action Gun33
4Why a Two-Barreled Gun39
5The Modern Autoloader50
6The Case for the Small Gauge60
7How to Make Your Gun Fit74
8Cross Firing87
9Recoil and Balance96
10Triggers, Flinches, and Lock Time107
11Barrels, Chokes, and Forcing Cones115
12Choosing Chokes and Loads126
13Shot in the Dark142
14Effects of Wind and Weather upon Shotshell Performance158
15Velocity and Penetration163
16Stock Answers171
17How Good Is Your Duck Load?184
18Forward Allowance201
19The Fine Art of Waterfowl Shooting216
20Upland Gunning227
21Trap and Skeet246
23The Shot String Story275
24The Future Looks Harder but Brighter293

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Shotgunning: The Art and the Science 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has some good information and advice on shooting. That part is very good, but makes up too little of the book. FAR, far too much of the book is devoted to shot patterns than the average shooter will ever want to know. And, that data dates from the mid-1970s. While the copyright says 2014, there is little updating from the 1970s. Pictures are all black and white. I was left wondering what has happened since 1976 in shells and guns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking into learning how to shoot, or simply want to know about shotguns. There is no more complete book than this. It would be good for beginners and advanced shooters alike. Brister explains in detail, and gives general comments about the act of shoot gunning from his experience. Never knew there was so much to consider about a shotgun. Everything from positioning your head to the advantages and disadvnatages of choosing the right shootgun and shooting ettiquette. Definitely worth the purchase. It is a pleasure to read, but can also be a reference book. I will buy some for Christmas gifts.