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 Post subject: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:35 pm 
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After 50+ years of shooting either RH or neutral cast shotguns I've just bought my first true LH cast gun (Beretta Silver Pigeon SP1). Now that I've retired and can spend the time, I'm shooting more (300-500 shells) in a week than I probably shot in a year before retirement. I know that after that many years of shooting the wrong handed guns I'm probably going to have some issues getting accustomed to not having to compensate for the basackward cast. As my signature indicates I'm all about Sporting Clays shooting over any other form of shotgun sport. Any things you've run into yourselves you'd care to share? Thanks!



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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:23 pm 
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Does it fit you? Regardless of whether it is a LH gun , neutral or RH, FIT is key.
Get that right from the get-go and you'll be good to go.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:07 pm 
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Oneounce nailed it! Fit is the issue.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:21 pm 
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The gun will fit. I know my ideal LOP and am having Wes at Joel Etchen Guns set it for me before they ship. As a bonus (for me anyway) the gun has an adjustable comb so I can fine tune that after delivery. Believe I'm good to go on the fit department. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:25 pm 
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If you need a little more tweaking a Pad adjuster is a handy feature.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:16 pm 
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hopper810 wrote:
If you need a little more tweaking a Pad adjuster is a handy feature.


Doing something along that line too. Also getting JEG's to add a GraCoil recoil management system with the adjustable LOP. That will allow me additional fine tuning there as well. Although Alabama doesn't get as cold as a lot of folks face it still gets airish enough I want a heavy coat sometimes. It will be nice to be able to adjust for the added thickness.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
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Spend a fair amount of time practicing a good gun mount and spend some time on a splatter plate at the range. That will tell you if the gun is shooting where you're looking or if you need to tweak the fit a little.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:18 am 
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On the bottom of each box of clay targets is a small circle. Insert a full choke in your shotgun and shoot at that circle from 13 yards. This should give you a good idea of what adjustments are needed to get the gun shooting where YOU want it to.

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I bought a LH 686 SPI Sporter from Etchen Guns about 3 years ago. Had the Wes install the adjustable comb. Upon receiving the gun, took a session with a well respected gun fitter who tweaked the both cast-on and the drop-at-comb. Not only hit the pattern board multiple times but shot about 50 sporting targets during the session. Absolutely worth the extra expense! Am convinced gun fit is THE foundation for successful clay shooting. I would do the same again in a heartbeat.


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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:48 pm 
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Etchen is like a crack dealer for lefties! :-)

My gal got one of his sets a few years back, and the nice case. A friend at the trap club we belong to did the fitting, and added the pad adjuster to it for her; and another friend made her the nice walnut box to fit the case pocket.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
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Congratulations on your lefty O/U. I want one myself, but I want the SP1 field model in 28 gauge with left-handed wood. And Beretta thinks that only right-handers deserve that gun.

I'm frustrated with the lack of lefty choices in O/Us. I can't shoot with righty cast (I've tried). And while I can adjust to a neutral cast O/U, I resent having to do so. I'm much more comfortable shooting a gun with lefty cast.

So, for now, I'm shooting an autoloader (and I dislike autoloaders) because I can at least use shims to give me a lefty cast. I'm biding my time until I run across a quality 28-gauge field O/U that fits me. I'm not interested in spending a bunch of money after the purchase to modify the stock.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:30 pm 
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Contact Cole or Etchen - they might have LH wood for it and do a swap.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:34 am 
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I've been shooting a LH cast DeHaan SGr since 2008 and what a blessing it is. I also had a LH stock added to my Verona LX702LX GCT, but on that one the LH stock was a field stock vs. the RH trap stock and it didn't help my trap shooting much as the DeHann with its adjustable comb.

As an OBTW, I own a RH 20 gauge SxS Dickinson from Cabela's that I bought at a very good price, shooting it is like going a round with Muhammad Ali. Not very pleasant at all. Stock bending in the near future or a trade for a LH 20 gauge O/U awaits it.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally bought a real LH gun. Now what?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:57 am 
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Cole's has several available for sale.

https://www.colegun.com/collections/ber ... /left-hand




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