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Shotgunning: The Art and the Science Hardcover – November 17, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Second Edition edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602393273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602393271
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Brister (1925-2005) was a rare combination of field hunter, competitor, and writer. A shooting champion and internationally recognized expert at skeet, trap, and hunting upland birds and waterfowl, Brister was a longtime shooting editor at Field & Stream. His writing and photography awards included a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1961 as well as The Graphic Arts Hall of Fame Award.

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Customer Reviews

Learned a lot from this book - would highly recommend.
acc13
The research and information is well documented and explained, and the author's obvious love and knowledge of the subject come through.
Seth Vermaaten
Bob Brister's excellent book, "Shotgunning: The Art and the Science" is a shooting classic.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is probably responsible for more people (including me) taking up shotgun shooting than any other book.It is considered "the bible" of shotgunning. It covers the basics, such as gun fit and learning to shoot,as well as several fascinating, and readily understandable technical sections on chokes, loads, shotstrings, velocities, and much more. If you read this book, you will get hooked by the most fun, challenging, and fascinating sport there is.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By tom.palmer@wwireless.com on August 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Bob Brister's excellent book, "Shotgunning: The Art and the Science" is a shooting classic. Brister was truly ahead of his time, and his work is as relevant today as it was during the '70's.
In fact, it is not uncommon to find repeated references to work done by Brister by many of today's shooting authors. Through a combination of intuition and hard work, Brister dispels many popular misconceptions of the day by applying science to a sport that has long relied on theories based on a tin can and a fence post.
If you have ever wondered what happens when you pull the trigger of a shotgun, read this book. If you are at all interested in the shooting sports, make this book your next. If you already own it, you know what I'm talking about. You will be reading it for years to come
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bob Isaacks (modelpts@flash.net) on February 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Bob Brister takes into account shot "stringing" and its effects on targets/gamebirds. Although most shotgun patterns are measured by the percentage of pellets striking a 30" circle at a measured distance; all pellets do not arrive at the same instant. Bristers method shows what really happens with a clever system that illustrates the effect of shot when applied to a moving target.Want to shoot better and have a better understanding of why you miss? Buy the book!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steve M. on March 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Shotgunning: The Art and Science provides a good basic introduction to almost every aspect of shotguns and should prove especially beneficial for new shooters. That said, it comes up short in any substantial discussion of wingshooting technique--which was my primary need. And while the very detailed empirical discussions of ballistics and patterning are thorough and illuminating, much has changed in shotgunning technology since this book was published 30 years ago, and, of course, none of those changes are reflected. For instance, the move away from lead shot for virtually all waterfowling applications has had a profound effect on choke recommendations. Also, the birth and development of sporting clays has rejuvenated many shooters and brought countless other new shooters into shotgunning. Sporting clays is perhaps the most popular clays game being shot today, but it arrived after this book did.

In short, buy this book for its focus on the immutable fundamentals of shotgunning, but look elsewhere for a discussion of technique or a more up to date overview of new and emerging technologies.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By custom60 on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I thought Brsiter's work was very well written and showed how dedicated he was to the sport. For me, a person relatively new to shotgun sports and wing-shooting, this book is an excellent introduction to shotgunning fundamentals and why shooting a shotgun is so different than any other type of firearm.

In addition, Brister takes the time to provide perspective on various types of shotguns, and even more perspective on various shotshell loads. The summaries of his shotshell tests were very eye-opening for me, as they can teach beginners how shot spreads are affected by larger payloads and higher powder charges, and also, how various loads may affect your ability to produce clean kills in the field, rather than crippling game or causing a slow and painful passing for birds.

Though this book is almost 30 years old at the time of this review, ALL of the principles taught in it hold true today. Some argue that Brister was visionary when he wrote this book and I agree. Much of what is written could very well have had a huge part in shaping the shotgun and shotshell industry as we know it today.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Carter on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when it first came out over 20 years ago. I loved it then, and love it now. Much of what Brister wrote forms the bases for many current articles where his information is presented as "new" and he's not even credited! There's very little to criticize in the book. There's excellent chapters on guns, gauges, chokes, shooting styles, etc. It really was a comprehensive book at the time it was published.

That said, the book was written before the lead shot ban in waterfowl hunting, before widespread availability of choke tubes, and before the rapid rise in popularity of sporting clays. Thus the book really doesn't address these issues, and the reader will have to look elsewhere to find current information. (Well, it does talk about choke tubes some, but at that time most shotguns still were purchased with fixed chokes while the reverse is true today.)

This book should be in every serious shotgunner's library, and should be read, and then revisited every year or so, to remind the shooter that whatever recent article he/she just read was already covered by Brister!

Brister's writing style is clear and concise. The book was well edited. Most topics are explained in detail, and information is presented in such a way that most readers should be able to understand. In this day and age of computers, DVD's and other communication media, though, some younger readers may prefer a different approach.

I would love to see this book updated, with current photos and chapters covering some missing topics.
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