Putting it All Together: To watch a master wingshooter turn a speedy aerial target into a puff of smoke or a ball of feathers is to see true artistry at work. And there is also a fair amount of science involved in the task. Unlike a rifle, a shotgun is not aimed at the target. Some say it is pointed, but that’s not completely correct either. You will hit very few aerial targets by pointing the shotgun at them and pulling the trigger. That’s because they won’t be there when the shot charge arrives. Experts know that they have to trigger their shot at some point ahead of the target so that target and shot charge will arrive at the same spot together. Given the staggering array of speeds, angles, and distances presented by the various game bird species and the differing clay target games, there is no one correct “lead” that works for all. In other words, a master wingshooter may look like an artist, but the computer between his or her ears is working overtime on every shot.