P2_14 Shotgun patterns

Iain Weaver, Michael Gorley, Alex Buccheri, Jasdeep Anand


This article provides a model of particle collisions for producing shot patterns from shotgun ammunition of a constant mass, for different numbers of pellets. The scatter pattern is found to be Gaussian, and the mean deviation for pellets from the centre increases linearly with range. Interestingly, this deviation is slightly greater for fewer large pellets, than the same mass of smaller pellets.

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