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  •  7.5 shot is very small...smaller than peppercorn (4.00)
    you put into your pepper-grinder (peppercorn is closer to buck-shot size)...it's used for small bird hunting--dove and quail--because it won't tear the things apart, and relative to their small body size, it does plenty of damage (I grew up hunting quail, dove, pheasant, ducks, geese, etc. myself).

    Now, the pattern is something I commented on yesterday...assuming Cheney used a full-choke shotgun, the pattern would be about 36" at 20 feet (My dad taught us about shotgun patterns as kids by setting up butcher paper in the back yard and measuring out shots from different distances...mostly to help us learn to lead our ducks properly and waste fewer shots).  Bird shot spreads quickly, but at a close range (20-25 feet), it would have done far more than 'pepper' the poor bastard....I suspect he was closer to 30 feet away (still very close to take a shot in the face and chest)...pattern would have been about 5-6 feet in diameter, so Cheney could have been shooting over Whittington and he may have been out of his peripheral vision (still not an excuse, of course).

     

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right

    by darthstar on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 11:16:21 AM PST

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