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Kharn
January 13, 2001, 10:52 AM
I bought my new baby last night, Remington 870 Express combo with 28" and 20" non-rifled barrels. Total price, $375 for shotgun, shells, clays, thrower, and a good cable lock. The only bad part of the deal: my local walmart is no longer stocking the 100 round boxes of 12 gauge birdshot for $15, now its $7 for 25. Damn hunting season price do not last long enough. I'll get some pictures after hitting the range today to test it out.

Kharn

Dave McC
January 13, 2001, 11:12 AM
Sale prices never do, Kharn. Some gun clubs set up bulk buys on truckloads,you might want to ask around, or set up for reloading.Call your local gun shop and ask about case prices, maybe a 5 case discount will take the sting out of ammo buys.

Dick's has some kind of target loads on sale, but I threw out the ad already.

And congrats on the new baby.

Kharn
January 14, 2001, 07:43 AM
Well, I'm back from the range and all i can say is: I need to practice. I managed to hit 3 of the 25 clays we launched. Of course, the last time i tried going after clays was 4 years ago, and then i only hit about half of them.

Kharn

Dave McC
January 14, 2001, 07:14 PM
It's more than practice, Kharn. It's practicing with good form that gets hits. A coupla hints, from a guy that usually hits most of them, sometimes just more often than not.

First, pattern the thing. Every now and then even an 870 has a bbl that's bent a trifle, or sends its charge cockeyed for some reason. Once you've established that the shotgun is not the problem....

Get back to basics. While at home,and with an UNLOADED shotgun in a room that has no ammo in it, mount the thing and swing along the edge of the ceiling, or some other straight and more/less horizontal line. Move a bit and try a different angle. Get used to the "feel".

Now, on the range, keep proper stance and form. AND, the biggest reason I get into slumps is stopping the bbl when firing and not keeping the swing going. It's not just me, the reason trap guns are balanced more muzzle heavy than field guns is to add a little inertia to the swing.

Fine tune your focus. Instead of shooting at the whole target, try breaking the leading edge, or any other spot you can focus in on. When I can do this,and it takes more concentration than I can always summon, my score goes up. Same thing in the field, don't try to hit a dove, try to hit the dove's eye.

Hope this helps, and keep me posted....