I was buying shells for skeet and couldn’t decide between a heavy load and a light load. The only difference was the ‘dr. eq.’ number, but I had no idea what that meant. The dopey kid at the counter didn’t know either. Anyone?
ps - I ended up shooting a box of each and still couldn’t tell the difference.
“I just looked at a new box of shotgun shells and found 3 1/4 dr.eq. listed on the box top. Meaning there is the smokeless powder equivalent of 3 1/4 drams of black powder in each shell.”
"Propellant weights for shotgun shells using modern smokeless powders are also measured in grains. Dram-equivalent markings are somewhat arcane and probably only still used because some regulations and competition rules define what is and is not permissible in terms of “dram-equivalent.”
Not really zwaldd, that’s where some people make a mistake. If you are using really fast shot (fps velocity), in most target presentations, the lead you use to bust the target may only change by a miniscule amount. If you regularly use 1250 fps ammo, using 1300-1450 may only reduce the lead by 6 inches, say, for a twenty yard fast crossing target. That’s not much at all when you look at the shot string (all this is IMO, BTW). If you’re going to shoot a lot of skeet, I’d recommend going with a lighter target load and save the heavy stuff for handicap trap and long targets in sporting clays.