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 Post subject: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:19 pm 
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I've always loaded #7.5 1 1/8th oz trap loads and #8 1 1/8 oz skeet loads. This past year, I've changed my skeet load to #8 1 oz. Recently, I've gone to #8 1 oz trap load and am staring to load #9 1 oz skeet load. I haven't seen a change in my scores at all. Both my son & I really notice the difference in recoil of the 1 oz vs. 1 1/8 oz loads. ...Much much more pleasant to shoot.

Is this shot size and load combination reasonable/common? Or, is it pretty much what ever works for me? Any thoughts/advice? (careful... :wink: Ha!)

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:24 pm 
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Pretty common combination! I'm not of the 1 oz crowd yet, but ther're working at it. I seldom shoot skeet with 12 ga so I'm sure 1 oz is plenty. I use 7/8 and 3/4 mostly and mostly 8 1/2s or 9s, whatever I happen to have at the time. 8s are most common for trap in these parts but lots of guys swear by 7 1/2s!

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:31 pm 
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Yep, that'll work. I doubt you will see any change in scores if you go to 1 oz 8's for everything, for that matter, singles and skeet, 7/8 oz of 8's do a bang up job :wink:

For trap doubles, 7/8 of 8's for the first shot, and 1 oz of 7 1/2's for the second is about as good as it gets IMO.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:44 pm 
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I like 1oz of 9's for skeet and 1oz of 8's or 7 1/2's for sporting clays and trap.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:10 am 
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I use 1 1/8 oz of #7.5 for trap loaded to 1145 fps. I use 1 oz of #8.5 loaded to 1145 for skeet.


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:55 am 
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I started skeet using the 1-1/8 oz loads, and gradually reduced to 1 oz and then 7/8 oz. My Beretta 391 will even function with 3/4 oz loads!
I rarely shoot 12 gauge because I like the smaller gauges, but all my skeet loads are #9 shot, in either 7/8 oz at about 1100 fps, or 1 oz at the same velocity. And I find that I am enjoying the 12 gauge more. I don't shoot trap, but I have several friends who shoot only #8s so they can shoot skeet, trap, and doves with the same loads, and not worry about having the right shot size on hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:01 pm 
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I use 1 oz of 8's for both, though I sometimes use a 1 1/8 oz for trap.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 3:17 pm 
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I use 1 OZ #9 for skeet and either 1 oz or 1 1/8 oz #8 for trap. #7 1/2 for handicap.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
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I tend to use 1 oz #8 (12 gauge) for everything, it works, I only have to buy, store and grab one thing. Also as an amatuer photographer, I have always used the same speed/brand of film and always sent it to the same lab for developing. I always get good pictures, some I'm applying the same theory to clay target shooting, one or two less variables to think about when shooting by always using the same load.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
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Hi , I think the way to go on the skeet is an open choke with the 9 shells , I also use 7.5 shells for the long stuff , I dont use 8 shot , Sure your son would thank you for the smaller load ,the smaller load wont make much differance if you are on the target , might make a little differance to your sons shoulder :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for skeet & trap...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 7:23 pm 
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I've gone to shooting 1 oz 8's for everything in my 12 ga's ( but I load it at about 1275 fps ) with Clays - skeet, 16 yard trap, handicapped trap, continental trap and sporting - and I think it patterns better and I don't feel like I'm giving up a thing. I tried 8 1/2's and 9's for skeet - but my scores didn't go down at all when I went to straight 8's. I don't even carry any 7 1/2's around anymore for anything - let alone those 1300 fps loads I used to shoot ....... ( I don't blink as much either anymore ).


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