Going from #3 shot to #5 shot is NOT going up in pellet size. A #5 pellet is SMALLER in dimension that a #3. It is only going UP in the pellets designated number, not the pellets actual size. The number is GREATER, the size is SMALLER. Yes, we may be in agreement, just have a different definition of "going up a pellet size" (quote from your post). To me it means going up in the (physical) size of a pellet. Looks like you mean going up in the value of the pellet's designated number ? If so, we're all good.