The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old January 8, 2013, 04:04 PM   #1
Diesel77
Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2012
Posts: 34
Shotgun Sports

I'm considering going beyond target shooting and getting into shotgun sports... Of sporting clays, skeet, or trap, which would you recommend and why?

Thanks!
D
Diesel77 is offline  
Old January 8, 2013, 04:22 PM   #2
BigD_in_FL
Junior member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2012
Location: The "Gunshine State"
Posts: 1,981
Sporting Clays by a HUGE margin. Each place is different; most have a course with 12 or more stations, and each station is different.

Trap and skeet are EXACTLY the same, no matter where you are - Maine to Miami, San Diego to Seattle, and all point in between.

In serious competition, you need perfect scores in trap and skeet just to get to the shootoff; whereas in Sporting, the number of perfect scores can be counted on one hand.

So it comes down to this: do you like BORING repetition where the targets are always the same, OR, do you like an extreme variety where each course utilizes its terrain to set challenging and fun targets?
BigD_in_FL is offline  
Old January 8, 2013, 04:26 PM   #3
zippy13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 23, 2008
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,416
I don't know how target shooting differs from the shotgun sports, perhaps you're now shooting rifles and handguns at paper. The selection of which shotgun sport to concentrate on is much a matter of which best suits your personality, your natural abilities, and what's available locally.

Give them all a try and shoot the ones your like -- there's no rule that says you can't shoot more than one of the clay sports. Most of the shooters, I know, who've taken up shotguns after rifle and handguns wish they'd tried clays earlier. I suspect you'll feel the same.
zippy13 is offline  
Old January 8, 2013, 06:55 PM   #4
BigJimP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 23, 2005
Posts: 11,422
Try them all .....they are all a little different.../ easy to learn - hard to master any of them.

But yes, I encourage you to get out to your local clay target club - and see what they offer.
BigJimP is offline  
Old January 8, 2013, 11:27 PM   #5
Diesel77
Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2012
Posts: 34
Thanks for your input, gents!

Cheers,
D
Diesel77 is offline  
Old January 11, 2013, 08:36 PM   #6
Sphawley
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 9, 2010
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 272
Personally I find Trap very boring, but I love skeet & and international skeet!!

Then there is five stand which is also a lot of fun with a little more challenge and different set up of throwers. It's a nice change up!

I've never gotten to play sporting clays, but my new sporting clays course opens the 18th! I will be sure to let you know how it goes!!
__________________
If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars make people drive drunk, and spoons made Rosie O' Donnell fat!
Sphawley is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 12:00 AM   #7
Gaz_in_NZ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 3, 2012
Location: 40 miles North of Wellington, NZ
Posts: 189
If you want a change you could always try Practical Shotgun but it will mean getting a 5+1, 6+1, 7+1 or 8+1 pump or semi-auto shotgun, you could just do it with a 4+1 (a new discipline is a damn good excuse for buying another gun for the collection ) .

I used to shoot this when I lived in the UK but as yet haven't found anywhere local in New Zealand that does it.
If you don't know anything about it have a look here : -
from the British Open 2011

Normally shot at steel plates with Red "No Shoots" amongst them that cost you points if you hit them.

As a clay shooter I find this discipline far more rewarding than clays... and a lot more fun.

Cheers
G
Gaz_in_NZ is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 02:36 AM   #8
Chinny33
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 30, 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 245
3 gun / multi gun

it'll rock whatever shotgun world you thought you were in.

game changing.
__________________
PLAN PLAN PLAN
A prudent man forsees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished
Proverbs 27:12
Chinny33 is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 07:16 AM   #9
darkgael
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 9, 2006
Location: Homes in Brooklyn, NY and in Pennsylvania.
Posts: 4,355
Try

The try them all advice is, of course, the way to go.
Just to show, however, that one's mileage may vary.....I find Trap shooting very engaging.....others may be bored....not me. There is what I find as a marvelous sophistication (if that is the right word) in the ritual and rhythm of a round of Trap and the seeking after perfection. Get tired of shooting 25 straights at the 16 yard line?....move back a few yards to the 27. Try Double Trap. Try International Trap.
Pete
__________________
“Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games.” Ernest Hemingway ...
NRA Life Member
darkgael is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 08:16 AM   #10
Doyle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 20, 2007
Location: Starkville, MS
Posts: 5,096
For the vast majority of us, the choice is determined by what is available in our area. For example, I have a 5-stand range about 11 miles away. If I wanted to shoot trap or skeet, I'd have to drive about 45 miles. Therefore, I choose to shoot 5-stand.
Doyle is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 09:40 AM   #11
ejb69
Member
 
Join Date: January 3, 2013
Posts: 16
I like sporting clays. As others said no 2 courses are the same, its more like hunting than trap. The place we go to has 4 courses and they change the set- ups a few times a year, so I can shoot a " new" course often.
ejb69 is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 12:21 PM   #12
BigD_in_FL
Junior member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2012
Location: The "Gunshine State"
Posts: 1,981
Quote:
For the vast majority of us, the choice is determined by what is available in our area. For example, I have a 5-stand range about 11 miles away. If I wanted to shoot trap or skeet, I'd have to drive about 45 miles. Therefore, I choose to shoot 5-stand.
Doyle - have you looked at Sarasota club?

http://www.claytargetsonline.com/club.php/2165

Skeet, trap, sporting clays, 5-stand, and FITASC;

otherwise look here:

http://www.claytargetsonline.com/list.php/FL
BigD_in_FL is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 12:53 PM   #13
Doyle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 20, 2007
Location: Starkville, MS
Posts: 5,096
Quote:
Doyle - have you looked at Sarasota club?
That's the one that's about 45 miles away. I live in east Manatee cty.
Doyle is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 01:10 PM   #14
BigD_in_FL
Junior member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2012
Location: The "Gunshine State"
Posts: 1,981
I drive 75 miles to Tampa bay and 60 to Bradford - granted I only do each 1-2X per month for registered shoots, but I find it worthwhile.

Fishhawk is in Lithia, not sure how far that is
BigD_in_FL is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 02:24 PM   #15
Diesel77
Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2012
Posts: 34
Thanks for the feedback, gents.

I'm going to try to take the beginner's course at Bull Run Shooting Center which is nearby. Looks like I'm fortunate in that they have skeet, trap, and sporting clays... with wobble trap and 5 stand sporting clays... which I guess are standard variants, right?

Do y'all think my Maverick 88 12 ga pump - with a 28" bbl - will cut it?
Diesel77 is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 02:38 PM   #16
BigD_in_FL
Junior member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2012
Location: The "Gunshine State"
Posts: 1,981
Your gun will be fine for the beginning. Once you try them all, IF you decide to pursue certain ones, then you'll be saving up to get a gnu better suited for greater success.

Don't worry about your scores, show up with a good attitude and ask questions - you'll get more advice and help to get you started.

And most importantly, HAVE FUN!
BigD_in_FL is offline  
Old January 17, 2013, 03:27 PM   #17
BigJimP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 23, 2005
Posts: 11,422
Like BigDinFL told you ....the Maverick ought to be just fine to start ...especially if it has changeable screw in chokes...and a 28" barrel.

A lot of us started shooting clay targets with pump guns.

When you go to the club ...make sure you have shells - with shot in them no bigger than 7 1/2's. ( so 7.5's, or 8's or 9's are ok ) ....some clubs sell shells, some don't ....a good all around shell in a 12ga ..for all games is 1 oz of 8's in a 12ga at around 1200 fps...( like a Quail shell ) ...or a Remington Gun Club shell...but look around for some cheaper shells ...like Estate, Rio, Rem Gun club, etc....unless you plan on reloading.
BigJimP is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.11172 seconds with 9 queries