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  •  It depends on the choke. (none)
    We don't know what kind of choke tube he was using, nor do we know anything about the shotgun aside from it's being a 28 gauge. There are a bajillion different choke tubes out there.

    Note that a 28 gauge shotgun is a tiny little thing. It's intended to have a pretty small spread with low power in order to hunt teeny tiny little birds like quail without completely obliterating them. You want something left to eat afterwards. Cheney may be a coward in many other respects, but shooting quail at 30 yards with a 28 gauge shotgun actually takes a great deal of skill.

    By the way, 'point blank' range just means that a target is close enough to hit it just by pointing the weapon directly at it. Not a useful term with shotguns, where everything is either point blank or at a distance where the velocity of the pellet has slowed down such that it would no longer be effective.

    When shooting a rifle, you may be able to hit a distant target only by aiming a little above or below it depending on the drop or rise of that particular cartirdge when fired from that particular rifle over a given distance. This is where you get outside of point blank range.

    Most shooting is done at 'point blank' range. The vast majority of deer harvested in Eastern states are shot within 100 yards, which is within point blank range for most rifles.

    •  From the Sheriff's Report (none)
      we know that it was a lists the Model as a Brescia (though from what I see on the internet, Brescia is simply a city where Perazzi has a showroom).

      The full report is at The Smoking Gun

      I don't know anything about guns, but thought it might help!

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." ~George Orwell

      by Troubled on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 01:34:34 PM PST

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    •  "shooting quail at 30 yards (none)
      with a 28 gauge shotgun actually takes a great deal of skill"

      Unless, of course, you've run over them with your car.

      Mother Nature bats last.

      by pigpaste on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 01:38:20 PM PST

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