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 Post subject: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:38 pm 
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I am left handed and was wondering if I need a left handed skeet gun?I am a pretty good quail shooter,but the few times I have tried to shoot skeet I was terrible.I have a beretta 686 and a browning citori superlight and was told they are both built more for right handed people.The few times I did hit the skeet they were going from left to right,couldn't hit a thing going from right to left.Thank you


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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:12 pm 
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Trust me...you need a true left hand gun. At the least a true neutral stock with no palm swell in the right side.


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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:28 pm 
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dogbear,

Either of the guns you have can be fitted to a left hander. This requires a number of things including bending the stock with some Cast On, to help aline the barrels to the eyes of a left handed shooter. You may need other work too, but a good stockfitter can fix the fit to where you can hit the targets.

The biggest problem with the guns you have is that they are field guns and as such are lighter than a competition gun. This will work against you in Skeet, where you shoot 100 or 200 targets in a day, as recoil will become a problem, and the lighter guns also do not lend themselves to smoothness and good follow through characteristics.

A dedicated Skeet gun such as the Browning XS Skeet, will be better suited for the game and will also work fine for Sporting Clays. Also the Beretta 682 Gold E makes a great Skeet gun.

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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:03 am 
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Or the Blaser F3, which has an opening lever that can be changed from right- to left-handed opening in about 5 minutes, in addition to the sporting stocks which are cast-neutral and have an ambidextrous palm swell. Of course, custom wood is always a lovely thing when one is looking for the ultimate in gun fit.

Good luck, choose wisely and shoot well!!!

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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:23 am 
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I am left handed also. Targets going from left to right are easier for a lefty just as those going from right to left are easier for a right handed person. It just take a little practice in skeet and possibly a slightly different foot posisition to allow a smooth swing for you for the R to L targets.


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 Post subject: Re: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:10 am 
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MRPOWER wrote:
Or the Blaser F3, which has an opening lever that can be changed from right- to left-handed opening in about 5 minutes, in addition to the sporting stocks which are cast-neutral and have an ambidextrous palm swell. Of course, custom wood is always a lovely thing when one is looking for the ultimate in gun fit.

Good luck, choose wisely and shoot well!!!


My blaser has no palm swell on both sides. It also has a good amount of cast with only a palm swell on the left. The left hand lever is a 300 dollar option. Not all blasers have it. I did not opt for it simply because I didn`t want one odd gun as compared to my other O/U`s.

I still recommend a true left handed gun. At the least a gun like the cynergy with no palm swell that can be bent to fit the shooter. Another gun that comes to mind is the perazzi mirage where many have no palm swell with nuetral cast. Also the winchester select energy is one.

I hate a big palm swell on the wrong side..HATE it. I`ve got one and have even thought about having it removed although it really doesn`t bother my shooting after it was bent correctly.


I recently saw a couple 525 left hand brownings at gander mt. Unusual to see them.

You have to be a lefty sometimes to understand the aggravation involved with shotguns fitting.


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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:17 am 
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As a fellow southpaw, I shot right handed guns for years, never really gave it any thought, and thought I was doing pretty good.

A couple of years ago, I had an adjustable stock cut into my skeet gun. I did so that I could raise the height at the comb, but as a side benefit, I found that I could shift the comb to the left as well -- the difference was amazing; having the beads line up instead of having to line them up by adjusting my head made huge difference in the feel of the gun mount and the swing and a dozen other little things that just seemed to click once the eyes were aligned with the gun. It was definately a "you don't know what you're missing if you've never had it" situation.

My point being, that for a lefty, you really will benefit greatly from getting a stock fit for a lefty. If you want to spend the money, have a custom stock made or have a stock bent to you that will certainly work. Or you can take the route that I did for a couple hundred bucks and get an adjustable comb cut into the gun you love the best.

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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:56 pm 
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OK so for those of use that don't have the many thousand of dollars for the cynergy and the like, who make a truely neutral stock or a lefty for say 1500 or less?


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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:36 pm 
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I'm a southpaw. I've shot guns with RH cast and LH cast. I've done the best with those with RH cast.

If I ruled the world, guns would come from the factory with no cast.


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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:27 pm 
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As a long time lefty shooter, I tried many guns before getting one with a left-hand stock, and now I will not own a gun that does not have a left-hand stock. The Beretta 391s have stock shims that will adjust for cast and drop, and some of the Browning autos do.

Since I also reload, picking up the hulls from a semi-auto can be a pain, but the decrease in recoil is worth it. I also have two DeHaan's with left-hand stocks, and believe me the difference is amazing in how much easier the targets are to hit.

I recently bought a 16 ga Browning Citori and had the stock bent for cast-on.

Find someone with a left-hand stock on their gun and try it. You don't have to shoot it, just throw it to your shoulder and you will see the difference! If you get to shoot it, you will be hooked. The most important aspect of hitting clay targets, and live ones, is having a gun that fits properly. Without a properly fitting gun, you will never shoot to your potential.

You can get left-hand stocks for both your Beretta, and the Browning.

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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:22 pm 
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Thanks for your posts.I'll either start looking for a stock fitter or a different gun.


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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:35 pm 
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Try to find an older Citori Hunter or maybe even try the new Citori Satin Hunter with the 3 1/2" chambers.

The new Satin Hunter is less that $1200 I believe. Maybe even less.

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 Post subject: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:16 pm 
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Browning did a run of 525 sportings for Dick's Sporting Goods. I bought one for $2650 if I remember right. MIKE.


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 Post subject: Re: re: Left handed skeet gun
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:47 pm 
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kodiakemt414 wrote:
OK so for those of use that don't have the many thousand of dollars for the cynergy and the like, who make a truely neutral stock or a lefty for say 1500 or less?


Look at the Remington 1100, preferably in 20 ga (recoil is nasty in all 12 ga}. For about $700. Then, build up the stock as you need with pieces of styrofoam and duct tape, with the cast you need built in; and shoot it forever. Don't worry about having a left hand double unless you get to shooting a significant amount of registered skeet. I use the above Remington gun for instruction, and the shooters have no problem; whether left or right handed. Most American guns are neutral in stock design. The better guns from Italy are made in left and right handed models. I shoot mostly 28 ga in a Beretta 682 tube set, which has nearly no recoil and is a pleasure to shoot. I am a certified instructor and use the 20 ga Remington 1100 for teaching.
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