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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:36 pm 
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John Henry wrote:
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Who is the article for, what publication? You want us to write an article for you, and then you get the credit and the money?

Just asking advice from more knowledgeable people, as any writer would do when researching an article. If you don't wish to provide any, FEEL FREE TO IGNORE.




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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:46 pm 
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The advice above about getting to a skeet range and first watching, then asking questions, then actually shooting will give you some first hand experience that will aid in your article.
The concept of the game is relatively simple as the targets never change their trajectories (barring wind); the difficulty lies in being able to maintain focus long enough to repeat your moves to the targets over and over and over again without fail. Unlike sporting which is a game where you try to hit as many as you can, skeet is a game of perfection where 1-2 misses out of 100 will mean you miss the shootoffs.

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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:25 pm 
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You've got it. Oneounceload.


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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:56 pm 
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The reason I take new shooters to the skeet field is simple. The two targets allow you to learn and understand the fundamentals of shotgunning as the targets morph from one station to another. Two simple targets become fast or slow, crossing or quartering, incoming or outgoing simply by changing between the eight stations arranged on a half circle radius. The targets can be shot using any style and the skeet field is perfect to learn swing through, pull away, or sustained. Shooters must learn to shoot quickly as a target comes into focus and and to have patience as a long, slow incomer allows too much time and eyes try to wander from the target or the shooter runs out of swing and shoots behind a target that is not so slow after all. I wish I could say I learned everything about life on a skeet field but I did have to go to the trap field and sporting course to find complete enlightenment.


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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:35 am 
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LG wrote:
The targets can be shot using any style and the skeet field is perfect to learn swing through, pull away, or sustained.

This is very helpful. Thanks so much. I've been researching and hearing lots of contradictory ways of achieving "the right" lead/technique. It's good to know that all three "lead" techniques can be effective in this game.

I don't suppose there's a "most people do X" for Skeet? Or is there generally a consensus among top shooters that "pull away is best" or "sustained is best", etc.?


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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:25 pm 
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Modern skeet is a sustained lead game in competition. The development of sub-gauge tubes popularized in the 80s transformed the game as they allowed 12, 20, 28, and 410 to be shot using the same shotgun. Those gauges make up the four main events in larger US skeet competitions which determine the High Overall Average (HOA) winner. Many recreation shooters still shoot swing through.


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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:42 pm 
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Perfect scores in skeet are shot using sustained lead. The clay flies on the same path, at the same speed and is broken primarily in the same place every time. Sustained lead looks slightly different depending on which station you are at (angle of shot). As an aid, there is a T post on the skeet field that shows the correct lead from every station. The top bar of the T is the correct sustained lead.

While shooting live game the angle, distance and speed vary greatly. Many people find "swing through" (butt, body, beak, bang) a better option on live game. It decreases the perceived lead and accounts for the wider variety of flight paths and distance encountered in the field. Many of us use a combination of leads depending on the target presentation. However in competition skeet, sustained lead is king.

ETA- That was a rather wordy recap of what LG stated in the previous post :) So in short...Yeah that!

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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:32 am 
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Hal4son wrote:
As an aid, there is a T post on the skeet field that shows the correct lead from every station. The top bar of the T is the correct sustained lead.

Never seen one around here. Sounds handy.

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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:52 am 
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BigDeeeeeeee wrote:
Hal4son wrote:
As an aid, there is a T post on the skeet field that shows the correct lead from every station. The top bar of the T is the correct sustained lead.

Never seen one around here. Sounds handy.


I've never seen one anywhere. Sounds like a distraction that would lead to many lost targets. Thinking about and measuring lead is the last thing you want to do while swinging on a target. Sounds like an "unusual or undesirable field variation" that would need to be corrected before shooting registered targets.


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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:51 am 
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BigDeeeeeeee wrote:
Hal4son wrote:
As an aid, there is a T post on the skeet field that shows the correct lead from every station. The top bar of the T is the correct sustained lead.

Never seen one around here. Sounds handy.


Maybe it's just on the local range. They've had them on the skeet fields for so long, they blend into the landscape. Often I notice them when someone hangs a clay target on each end for a visual teaching reference.

It's pretty likely I wouldn't notice their absence on another range.

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 Post subject: Re: Writing an article about skeet shooting... please help
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:58 am 
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Thank you all very much. 8) I definitely need to get to a skeet range.




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