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 Post subject: New to the sport
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2002 5:53 pm 
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What are the basics I should look for in buying my firts shotgun for shooting clays? How much do I NEED to spend? I have an old 16 gauge Model 12... Can I use that? <p></p><i></i>

 Post subject: Re: New to the sport
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2002 8:17 pm 
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A 16ga is going to be cost preventive because the shells are hard to find and expensive when you do find them. There is the option of reloading.<br><br>Which clays are you wanting to shoot? There are subtle differences in the games that make some choices more important than others.<br><br>Doubles or autos are the first choices for skeet or sporting clays, unless you shoot doubles trap any gun can be used for trap, even single shots. <br><br>Trap is a going away game shot in the 30+yd range, Lt mod and tighter chokes are needed with 30-34 inch barrels preferred, using 1-1.25oz #7.5 or 8s shells. Skeet is shot at 23 and under yards, skeet or imp choke is needed with shorter 26-28 barrels, 7/8-1-1/<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START 8o --><img src= ALT="8o"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> z #8 or 9's shells. Little gun movement is generally needed in trap, but there is a lot of gun movement in skeet. Sporting clays is shot in a variety of hunting type situations that can require a variety of chokes and there is generally lots of gun movement, barrel length is also more variable, but 28-30 are pretty common and shells can be varied based on the clay presentation, but 1.25 #7.5' or 8's are the norm. <br><br>The Beretta 391 is more than adequate for any of the games and reasonably priced. You can spend as little or as much as you can afford whether you pick a new or used one. The best suggestion would be to go to the club or range and try several others guns. Normally, you will find shooters more than willing to allow you to try their guns. Some places also offer rentals. This way you can find out that you do or don't care for an English stock, palm swells, Gra-Coils, porting, etc.<br><br>Good luck and if you have any specific questions post up!!<br> <p>There is a fine line between a hobby and insanity.</p><i></i>

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 Post subject: Some more ideas
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2002 12:34 pm 
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As concerns skeet, there are a lot of pumper tournaments being formed, and there are some people around here who are specializing in pump clay shooting, including pumper clubs. If you want to see some smooth operators, you should see a guy shoot 25 with a pump, and then start through the doubles. These guys always draw a crowd, and it is poetry in motion.<br><br>The tournaments that I have seen (just a couple) did not exclude 16 gauge, but you should check on this in your area.<br><br>The pumpers are quite a lot (individual personalities), and they tend to be quite accepting, and, actually, kind of swoon over things like cutts compensators and poly chokes. You do see a lot of nice Rem 870s with skeet barrels, but super cool is to shoot 25 with a 40 year old Mossberg with a poly choke. Actually, there are quite a few Mossbergs because the gun has adjustable shims.<br><br>Winchester Model 12 is always super cool, and is a dream to shuck with skeet. If your gun is choked full, you can always have ream the barrel for you, and use screw in chokes.<br><br><br> <p></p><i></i>

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