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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:46 pm 
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Our club allows loading two (everywhere but 8) but most of the more competitive shooters load one at a time for all the singles shots.

I've done it both ways, currently loading 2. But it can be useful to load 1 if you feel yourself getting frustrated or edgy. It forces a dismount and remount. I will usually dismount and remount the gun if I miss the high house, just to take a breath and reset.




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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:56 pm 
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Whatever works for you is fine.

If you take forever on the pad shuffling your feet, tracing from center stake to the house and back to a hold point, readjusting your feet, etc. you'll have a hard time finding a squad that wants to shoot with you.

If your half way pleasant, step onto the pad and take care of business you'll be fine.

Tournament shooting is a different game than leagues or practice. The entire squad is expected to get done in a certain amount of time. Its your responsibility to not waste it. If you can get the job done loading one, go for it. But this is true of your entire 'routine'. If you're going to shoot tournaments part of practice has to be streamlining your approach to the station.

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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:15 pm 
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I shot with Bender for several years. Our whole squad loaded 1 at a time. We always finished our flight in under an hour.

I did it to slow me down and make me think about the 2nd shot but if you’re serious about what your doing it still isn’t slow.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:49 am 
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dbjaaskeet wrote:

I did it to slow me down and make me think about the 2nd shot


That would certainly help some shooters.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:50 pm 
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Two.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:49 am 
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I load two for singles because on 1,2,5, and 7 the process is closer to shooting doubles than having to load between each shot. It also prevents any embarrassment if I lose track whether it's a single or double.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:40 pm 
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J.Fred_Muggs wrote:

The serious time-eaters are those that are not on-deck when the shooter in front of them is shooting. Strolling six to ten feet to the pad after the proceeding shooter finishes his station eats a lot of time.


Agreed and that is one of the most annoying delays for me.

I've broke a couple of people of that habit by stepping up and shooting in their absence then pretending I though it was my turn since no one else was ready to step on the station. Do it to the same person a couple of times and they will get the point.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:38 pm 
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This happened to me two days ago. I had a good round and was standing on 8 low with a 23.I loaded two since I had to shoot my option. It surprised my friend who was had the controller when I called "pull" immediately after my first shot as he thought I was going to reload.
We had a friendly discussion whether this was ok with the rules. Was it ok to load two on low 8.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:55 am 
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Yes, and, if your friend was paying attention, he would have noticed that you loaded 2.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:20 am 
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At my current club, we load two on singles except on station 8. Don't want a shooter turning around with a loaded gun. I've shot at clubs where the local rules are that for ALL singles you only load 1 shell. I found that somewhat annoying.

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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:06 am 
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Location: Princeton Junction NJ
I just started shooting skeet after years of shooting trap. I load one shell at a time because that is how I shoot trap singles. I am old and confuse easily so it is better to be consistent.
Lots of us shoot trap singles with our bottom barrel and only use the top barrel for doubles. Doubles are not shot frequently at most clubs.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:06 pm 
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At our club, we leave the option open for experienced shooters; 1 or 2. The exception is station 8; singles unless you are straight for the last round. If we have new/inexperienced shooters, we pair them up with an old hand and have them shoot on a separate field, single shots only until they are comfortable with shooting before we have them shoot doubles. It keeps the old hands happy and takes the pressure off the beginners.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:41 pm 
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I shoot skeet at a couple of local clubs and the majority of people tend to load two shells, which is allowed under our rules. There is the occasional person who loads a single shell, and a number of those have done Todd Bender clinics. Todd Bender has been visiting New Zealand annually for a number of years, except 2020 (thanks Covid-19!). I understand Mr Bender is an advocate of loading a single shell as he believes it allows the shooter to mentally reset between shots.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:44 pm 
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Location: Near, but not in, Portland, OR
Our club doesn't care. I load two for the singles stations. I should try loading one for resetting on the second shot. Sometimes I feel like I rush the second shot.

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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:58 pm 
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It’s all about personal preference. I load two shells, but if I’m straight I load one at a time on low eight. For me skeet comes down to having a positive attitude, having fun and momentum. By loading two shells I seem to get into a better rhythm. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with loading one and two shells, I just seem to prefer loading two shells.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:34 pm 
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Two. I wouldn’t shoot at a range that mandated one shell only. And don’t get me started on high schoolers lecturing their elders that the use of a toe tab with an unloaded, break action gun is unsafe.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:42 pm 
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I load one in my automatic. Two in my O/U.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:30 pm 
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I load two just because it's faster. Folks who load one for singles remind me of folks who drive slower than the flow of traffic in the far left lane on highways.


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:18 pm 
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You interested in speed or scores?


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 Post subject: Re: One or two shells
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:07 pm 
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Location: Kansas
I shoot a semi-auto and load two. Just habit.



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