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 Post subject: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:29 pm 
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Hi,

I am in the market for a shotgun to use for trap, skeet, and 5 stand. I'd like to get one gun that will suffice for all three games. Any suggestions? Price range 2000 to 3000.

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Bob


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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:10 pm 
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Any gun will do. Trap usually requires at least a different stock, one that has a higher comb. The other sports require a field type stock for better handling.

Why don't you tell us what type of shotgun you like.


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 Post subject: Re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:16 pm 
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rfrasc wrote:
Hi,

I am in the market for a shotgun to use for trap, skeet, and 5 stand. I'd like to get one gun that will suffice for all three games. Any suggestions? Price range 2000 to 3000.

Thanks,
Bob
Any good shotgun will work for skeet or 5 stand, and will be useable (though not ideal) for trap.

In general, a gun that is designed specifically for trap is not going to be the best choice for skeet or 5 stand. Trap guns are designed to shoot a bit higher than other guns because trap targets are always rising and going out from you.

Trap guns also tend to have longer barrels than other guns, and many are single-shot only. Neither of those are ideal in the other games that you mentioned.

Unless you plan on shooting trap almost all of the time, and the others only occasionally, I'd consider a non-trap gun, and just accept that a skeet/5-stand gun won't be ideal for trap. Of course, if you eventually want to shoot trap competitively, you will probably want to get a dedicated trap gun.

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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:09 am 
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I've looked at a Browning XS Skeet with a 30" Barrel and adjustable Stock. It felt really nice. I am going to look at a Browning 425 Sporting with a 32" Barrel on Saturday.
Any comments?

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Bob


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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:25 am 
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A 425 with 32's will seem really nose heavy, as they were/are for most people but it's good to try every gun you can. Don't think, just shoot it. The later 32" guns have lightened barrels.

I am different than the above in that I relearned to shoot a trap gun for every game and I never feel handicapped for any target. Nor does the hundreds of people that have shot a few rounds with my gun, I tell them not to think about it, just shoot. Those results have changed alot of misdirected thoughts----on choke an POI.

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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:53 am 
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Personally, I'd take the XS over the 425 (and if you are in the $2000-3000 range, that better be one very special 425!! Most sell in the 1400-1500 range). The XS gives you adjustability...

In that price range, I'd also suggest you browse the Beretta family - you can find a used 682 Gold E in that range, and IMO, it's a better gun that the Browning.


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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:19 am 
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I hear what you are saying about the XS. The 425 is one made for Miller's of Deleware, actually after the 425 was out of manufacture. It's a new gun, so I'm told, but don't have many more details other than the barell length and model. I looked on Miller's website and it appears that if this is the same gun it may be a higher grade piece. The guy wants 1800.00 for it.

Bob


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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:27 pm 
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I use a Beretta 391 Urika Sporting model for all three (well, I've kinda stopped shooting trap). I vote for this gun. Get the Gold Sporting model to get the price to go up towards the range you posted! :D

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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:32 pm 
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For your budget amount you could get a Rem 1100 or a Berreta and also a BT-99 for trap. It is pretty hard to get ONE gun for all diciplines. I use a BT-99 for trap and am entirely pleased with it, For skeet it is either my Berreta 390, Rem 1100 or a Browning O/U.


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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:20 pm 
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You may also just get the gun you like best, then have an adjustable comb installed on your stock.


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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:27 pm 
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I use a Browning XS Sporting for everything and it's right in your price range.


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 Post subject: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 8:24 am 
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I was looking at the XS online last night. What barrel length do you have?

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 Post subject: Re: re: Gun for trap skeet and 5 stand
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 1:42 pm 
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rfrasc wrote:
I was looking at the XS online last night. What barrel length do you have?

Bob


I have the 30" barrels.


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