From Point Blank
Shotguns are most effective from close range, where the shot pattern is tightest and moving at the highest velocity. The top barrel on the Ruger is outfitted with an Improved Cylinder choke, for a wider pattern and less range, while the bottom barrel employs a modified choke, tightening the pattern and extending range—convenient for hunting, when the target is further away by the time you fire your second shot.
Unfortunately for our Opteron targets, they’re completely immobile, so we took our shot from as close to point blank as possible. Amazingly, the damage was minimal (given we were only using size 7 birdshot). Let’s step up to something a little more…aggressive, shall we?