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February 24, 2002, 11:55 AM
I began shooting Trap about a year ago and actually am becoming "predictable" with the help of some good books and advice of other shooters and practice.
Now I am trying skeet and things are going from bad to worse:(
I really need some advice on setting up properly at the stations,. can anyone tell me where I might find an instruction (written) on the basics of skeet.
February 24, 2002, 12:26 PM
You really need to get a decent skeet shooter to go from post to post with you.
February 24, 2002, 05:30 PM
As a beginner myself I completely agree with Sam, there is nothing better than a skilled skeet shooter to take you around.
But you can also take a look at remington's website for the basics on where to stand, point, lead etc.
February 24, 2002, 06:46 PM
I agree, an experienced shooter behind you will do wonders. I'm gonna open a can of worms..........I always thought that trap was too serious a game...........welcome to a great sport!
February 24, 2002, 11:14 PM
'Lo Tom ,
If you were a serious trap shooter , your gun was set-up for typical rising shots . Odds are that a trap configuration might shoot high for skeet . Did you ever shoot dove ?
If you don't have a field gun , borrow one and see if that helps .
Start at Sta.7 and work backwards as your confidence increases.
Also , and should have been first , hopefully , you've already gone to sopmething close to a cylinder choke . If you are using typical trap loads , say 3- 1 1/8- 7 1/2s , try 8s or 9s to get a few more pellets in your pattern . I'm not saying that 7 1/2s won't work , it is just that you don't need that much energy at skeet distances.
And , you can back off some on velocity and not affect your pattern , in fact it may even it a bit .
Most skeet shooters , as do trap shooters , use a mounted gun ,
stay with that . BUT , don't get down on your self . it's a different
game . I don't shoot skeet and I don't shoot trap , I shoot at 'em.
If I can help let me know , Hawkaaa53@aol.com
February 25, 2002, 01:09 AM
The best book I've EVER seen on Skeet shooting was put out by Remington, authored by their now-deceased Pro shooter, D. Lee Braun...it's been in and out of print the last fifteen or twenty years, but IS worth tracking down, IMHO...IF you allow for the "dropped-gun" style Braun used--because the rules called for it at one time--the basic approach he espouses is very close to the way maybe 80% of today's AA and AAA shooters approach the game, as far as foot position, hold point, etc. GET THE BOOK!!!....mikey357
February 28, 2002, 07:21 PM
The dropped gun butt (below hip) is required in International Competition, I believe.
As far as skeet itself, a cagey old guy I knew taught me to line up so that if I mounted the gun, it would be pointing at about where I wanted to break the target. (Obviously, this doesn't work at trap). Since I wanted to break targets in about the same place, no matter what station I shot, I always try to smoke 'em around eight, or a bit before, thus, I would always point at eight using this method.
I have seen lots of shooters change stances between high and low house birds from three to five. Some of them were/are a bunch better than I am. I have tried this too, and it works.
I agree that to really improve, you need to watch alot more targets than you shoot, and having a good shooter peek for you helps most. (Look over your gun as you shoot).
At skeet, keep the gun moving, and swing through the shot. Trying to snapshoot, or stop the gun at the shot, will not break many birds. Be smooooth. I worked as a trapboy when I was a kid, and I can't count the targets I have watched, at skeet and trap. Hundreds of thousands, surely, maybe more. (I just did a calc and I have pulled or scored 25,000+ birds over three days more than once, at trap tournaments).
I never took either game seriously enough to get beyond 'A' level shooting, but I have known and watched some of the best shooters this country ever produced. The good ones were the ones who made it look easy. The best ones were target breaking machines. For trap, you have to find the rythym, and a bad squad at trap will screw this up. If you want to be serious, shoot with serious shooters. If your just out for the company, don't get serious. All of the shooters I knew can do both, when appropriate.
Above all, I always felt that trap and skeet were two shooting sports where you could really get to have a good time with your competitors, while you are shooting together. Some of the finest people I have ever had the privilege of associating with.
March 3, 2002, 09:47 AM
This site has various subjects ,go to skeet and ask.
Bender has a highly rated book.
Here is another site for skeet.
Should find lots of info on these sites
March 3, 2002, 10:53 AM
Follow this link and buy this video: http://huntingvideos.com/huntingvideos/pacskeet.html
This is the way I learned to shoot skeet properly. After watching this tape several time + loads of practice time at the range, I was breaking them all in a matter of several weeks. This is a Pachmayr tape with Ken Robertson and runs 51 minutes. Buy it, you won't be sorry. :)
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