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 Post subject: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:44 pm 
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I was just asked to fill in as a substitute on a Sporting Clay team for an event tomorrow morning. I have some experience in trap shooting, but that's about it. I would really appreciate any advice on the matter. I'll be shooting with a pump action, so I'll take any help I can get.

As a side note: what kind of atmosphere are shooting competitions like these days? I haven't done an event in 12 years, so should I be expecting Trump merch and worship everywhere, or are people just here to shoot?




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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:05 pm 
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People are just there to shoot, I expect you’ll have a great time!

Ask plenty of questions at the event. Be safe, be cheerful, be curious, and it will be just fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:45 pm 
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tejas20,

It sounds as if you will know at least some of the other members of your team which will make things great.

In terms of atmosphere, all the shoots I have been too are very low key, friendly events. Let the other members of your squad know your skill and that you primarily shoot trap. They will be able to help you out. Go and have a good time. Would not be surprised if you take up the sport.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:34 pm 
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1) Have fun and BS with your friends on the squad
2) Don't get too down on your self if you miss a lot. 1st time at SC is pretty tough.
3) Pay attention to the clays flight path when the people in front of you are shooting.
4) Don't hold your gun too close to the trap which will cause you to be way behind a lot targets from the get go.
5) Keep your eyes focused on the target
6) Keep your gun moving
7) Avoid aiming at the targets (getting too focused on the bead)
8 ) When you miss it is most likely behind the target so put more lead on the next attempt.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:14 pm 
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Sounds like some form of fun shoot so things shouldn't be "TOO" tough, even for novices. You will most likely see targets that are rising, falling, crossing, quartering; ask your teammates, watch what they are doing and where they are shooting.
Most importantly keep a smile on your face and have fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:20 pm 
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Relax, let everyone on the squad know you are new to sporting. Your squad will keep you directed in the process of the event. You will get the hang of it quickly.

Be safety focused. Load only when you are in the stand / box. Make sure you step out of the stand or box with an empty gun.

Have enough shells in your pocket for the number of targets at the stand.....include a couple extra for no birds / broken birds.

Have fun. Sporting clays is very enjoyable and the people you meet at the gun range are typically very helpful, friendly and welcoming.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:36 pm 
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Shot in my first event today. Got teamed up with a couple of experienced guys that really helped make it fun. Follow the advice above, and most importantly.............RELAX AND HAVE FUN. If your not having fun, you are doing something wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:53 pm 
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I converted one of those running strollers into a gun caddy that has two gun holders, and space for a cooler with drinks and all the shells I'm going to need for that round. It's better than having to carry all that stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:43 am 
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I would take a field gun with choke tubes from Skeet to IC to Mod rather than an IM or Full trap gun. The trap stock will have you shooting over the top of many of the birds you will see. But if the trap gun is all you have, go have fun!

Good luck, garrisonjoe


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:22 am 
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A t-shirt worn by one of the members of our club says-“I used to do crack cocaine, but it wasn’t addictive enough or expensive enough, so now I shoot Sporting Clays.”

But it is a lot of fun!

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:36 am 
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Tejas hope you had fun! I enjoy the squads In NSCA shoots and have fun every time I go. If you are willing to laugh and smile you’ll love it.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:14 am 
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As usual, some good informative posts then it goes off the rails about gun buggys

and you wonder why this site is dying


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:18 am 
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Browning Citori Guy wrote:
As usual, some good informative posts then it goes off the rails about gun buggys

and you wonder why this site is dying

One post?

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:51 pm 
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Browning Citori Guy wrote:
As usual, some good informative posts then it goes off the rails about gun buggys

and you wonder why this site is dying


LOL! Every single post was advice related to sporting clays, as the OP requested, until YOU drove it off the rails.

To the OP...Just relax and have fun. The fundamentals are the same as trap. Eye on the rock, head on the stock.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:54 am 
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Buy yourself a copy of "Reading Targets" and "You're Behind it!" :D

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:12 pm 
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garrisonjoe wrote:
I would take a field gun with choke tubes from Skeet to IC to Mod rather than an IM or Full trap gun. The trap stock will have you shooting over the top of many of the birds you will see. But if the trap gun is all you have, go have fun!

Good luck, garrisonjoe


Yes open the chokes up especially first timer and most of all Have Fun, Hard not to if you enjoy shooting.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone have any advice on Sporting Clays for a newbie?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:13 pm 
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Main thing, did you have FUN




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