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Do most people shoot one particular shotgun for trap, skeet, and sporting clays, or different shotguns for each? Is it recommended to stay with one shotgun rather than with two or three different ones? Any opinions are appreciated.
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For top competive shooting in each sport I think it pretty much takes a different gun.
But for anything but the highest level, I think you could do pretty good with a gun that fits and has interchangable chokes that actually work with the skeet chokes. I would think one of the back-bored sporting clays guns in 12 gauge would do great at skeet and trap too. If you don't shoot much, then it would seem to be and advantage to use the same gun for all three games.
 
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I think you will find that once you get into semi serious competitors that they use different guns for every disapline. I would also guess that not many serious shooters shoot all 3 sports, it's hard to be at the top of any one game when you are trying to shoot 3 of them.

Myself I would not want to use my trap gun for skeet or sporting clays, it's too heavy, a little too long, and not ideal for quick mounting.

For sporting I'd want something lighter, probably with a little shorter length of pull and a parallel comb, that doesn't shoot quite as high, with slightly shorter barrels (say 30").

For skeet the same gun for sporting might do but you'd probalby want shorter barrels yet, maybe 26".

Of course you could have a custom setup made that would have say 4 barrel sets and 2 stocks and probably shoot all 3 just fine. Though the cost might be very high, though possilby not as high as 3 different guns.

Myself I put most of my effort into trap, so I have a gun that is suitable (but not ideal) for skeet or sporting when I shoot those games. However I don't take either of those that serious.
 

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Thanks for the replies. In the past I have shot my Browning over/under exclusively for trap, skeet, and sporting clays. I recently began using my 1100 for the three disciplines. It took three weeks (shooting once a week) for my scores to come back up to where they were. I was wondering if any of you have had this problem when changing shotguns, and if you have any suggestions on how to avoid it. Thanks!
 

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I had to shoot my Winchester 101 trap gun this weekend at a charity clays shoot because my Browning GTI is off being fixed. My 101 has fixed chokes so I had to shoot the course with IM and full chokes. I shot a 37/50. not bad but off what I should be able to shoot. I know the trap gun cost me at least 5 birds. At one station I borrowed a buddies gun because they were dropping targets. Shooting strange gun cost me as much as shooting my trap gun. I only hit 2 of the 4 targets.

I guess the lesson learned is to use the right gun for the right game. Yes you can make due with another gun if needed but stick with what works and what you are familier with.

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I shoot my 687 EELL Diamond Pigeon xtrap for all games... I'm used to the sight picture, and the parallel comb makes good for if you don't get the gun mounted just right on a gun down game like S.C. I started out shooting trap in the 70s and just can't shoot a flat shooting gun anymore...my brain says to stay under the target, and I do... this won't work for everybody, but it sure works for me....
 
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