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I just joined my first trap leauge and we had our first meeting today. I have shot skeet and sporting clays for years now and have been fairly sucessful with it and really enjoy it, so I decided to try my luck with trap. With skeet and sporting clays though I and most confrounted with crossing or quarting shots. I shoot a Beretta Silver Pigeon 12ga. Like I said I have not shot trap before and had a few questions. In trap the target is always rising so trap guns have the high rise rib so you can float the bird on top. But I plan on using my sporting gun for trap and if I try to lead the rising bird I will have to pull through the bird and I think I will lose sight of the bird and then not know how far I am then leading it. Any help would be greatly appericated. Thanks
 

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I would think with the experience you have in other Clay sports you should have a fairly easy time adjusting to trap. Keep in mind to try and get the bird on its rise or apex, keep the gun moving on the rise.

If you are a shooter who calculates leads etc, you might want to come up from below and when the bird is covered fire.

I have a Citori Clays gun that I shoot just as well as my Citori Trap gun. After a few round it will become second nature assuming the gun shoots where you are looking. :)

Welcome to the game and good luck.

Happy shooting.................................Levi
 

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I shoot an O/U for all trap games. After a few rounds at your league you will know where to smack 'em..
Welcome and have fun
 

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Sounds like the perfect opportunity for a new gun!

That's why Trap guns have a higher POI, so you don't blot it out. Yes, it will be a little more difficult with a sporting gun, but after enough tries you'll know the sweet spot of hitting the target. Even if your pattern is 50/50 with a sporting gun, you've still got 50% above the line of site...
 

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If you shoot with both eyes open you should be able to see the target under the barrel.

If you shoot with one eye closed, you have to trust the force.
 

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Raise the comb on your stock so you can see the bird when you shoot.
 

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Driller has it right. Doesn't matter if the shotgun has a level rib sporting barrel on it. Raising the comb, raises the POI. A higher impact will help you see the target better through the shot process. Looking up the rib as if were a ramp will become familiar and not effect your shooting skill. With very low to the barrel ribs, heat distortion off the barrel during the summer may become a visual issue.

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If I use one of my field guns shooting trap, I just swing to the target, pull the trigger when the target is covered, and follow through with the swing. Breaks them fine. It is a bit disconcerting not seeing the target, after getting used to a trap gun, but I have to do it when I'm out hunting birds.

I also like Marists idea, of using it as an excuse to buy a new shotgun! :lol: A man can't have to many!
 
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