I've never used one of those shooter thingies. How does the jerky compare to strip jerky? How fine would I have to grind deer meat for it?
I use one to make snack stick type jerky. I don't like the flat type as well since the end result tends to be VERY leathery and almost un-chewable. The jerky sticks are much preferred by my family. As far as grinding, we just use a normal "hamburger" type grind. When I make it, I use ground venison with no added fat. If I'm using beef, I will grind up trimmed stew meat, roasts, or round steak to get good lean beef. Since I have my own beef slaughtered, it isn't that expensive to grind up a couple of roasts for jerky.