View Full Version : Looking for a semi auto for trap and skeet

March 23, 2009, 11:30 PM
Well as I have found out I have no need for a 3 1/2 inch chamber and that is why I am selling my SPR 453. I have decided that I really only shoot clays with shotguns and would prefer a semi auto that is perfect for that. I already have a 870 SuperMag that will not be leaving my collection and I have shot several of my friends 1100's and I do like them but, are they worth the money? I don't want to feel like I am buying outdated technology.

March 24, 2009, 02:08 AM
For target work, most folks prefer an O/U. Years ago, I had several non-trap O/Us, and bought an 1100 Trap model for club and ATA tournaments (I'd always wanted one and a buddy gave me a great deal); but, I soon switched back to a hinge gun. For me, a reloader, the 1100 was too finicky for target work and took a lot of fun out of the game. If you'll always be shooting factory loads that your 1100 likes, you may not find yours to be finicky.
Is the 1100 outdated technology... Consider that the 1100 Skeet model was once very popular in 12-ga events, and now Remington no longer makes an 1100 Skeet model, what does that tell you?

March 24, 2009, 06:42 AM
While the 1100 is a great gun, (I have one in 28 gauge), most target shooters these days that use a semi use one of the Berettas - 390 or 391 . No "O" ring to fail, nicely built, not necessarily cheap, but used ones should be affordable

March 24, 2009, 08:13 AM
Benelli Super Sport or Sport II. Both designs optimize the gun for clay games: soft shooting, easily modified fit, easy take down for cleaning, etc.

I would suggest the 28-inch barrel because they are already long guns.

March 24, 2009, 09:08 AM
My first trap gun was an 1100 Classic Trap - used in great condition. Still have it as a back up gun and shoot it every so often. It's been a very reliable, well made gun in my mind.

The 1100 has been around for years, easy to find parts for - although the O ring is the only thing I've ever replaced.

You'll likely get lots of opinions since everyone has a different view on any gun. Try several and go with what you like to shoot best. If you do opt for an 1100 you won't be disappointed.

March 24, 2009, 03:03 PM
Is an 1100 worth the money - sure it is. Is it what you want / or need ...only you know that.

There are a lot of semi-autos on the market these days - Remington, Browning, Winchester, Beretta etc are all gas operated guns. They all do pretty well - take a little more attention to keep them running / but they all shoot pretty dirty because of the way they operate. To me, the downside on a gas operated gun - is the extra gas that blows by my face as the gun cycles ( and behind my glasses, and I don't like it ).

On the inertia operated guns - Benelli is probably leading the market. They shoot clean, no gas blow by and they are really quick and easy to clean. I like the Super Sport model ( synthetic, with the comfort tech system for recoil in it ) and in a 12ga I like the 30" barrel.

All semi-autos are light guns - so I favor a 30" barrel on a light gun ( but I have long arms ).

Over Unders dominate the clays fields - Skeet, Trap and Sporting - partly because you have 2 barrels - for 2 different chokes. They will shoot virtually any shell you can get to go into the chamber (no feeding problems ) - and fewer moving parts means tens of thousands of shells thru them ( in a quality gun ) with no problems. An O/U also doesn't scatter our hulls all over the place / so we can reload them - and there is no litter around...

But if you want a semi-auto / you should do that. $ 800 - $ 1200 will buy most any of the gas operated guns. Benelli supersport in my area is retailing for about $ 1875. Is super sport worth the extra money - yes, in my mind, because it has some adjustabilty. Most of the gas guns have shims between receiver and stock / super sport has some other adjustability by going to different comb inserts / and different recoil pads - to adjust Point of Impact, cast, etc - which is good.

March 25, 2009, 10:25 AM
I second the 390. I have one I use for trap with over 70k rounds thru it. Only failure over that time has been two dead primers nothing else. An absolute joy to shoot and own. I have had an 1100 and shot several and (no offense I know everyone has there preference) I believe Beretta got it right. There are no o-rings or other parts that are considered "sacrificial". But in the end get what fits you.

Best of luck

March 25, 2009, 10:27 AM
I gotta say if Benellis competition models are anything like the SBE2 I use on duck they are a very good option too just expensive. I think my SBE2 ran around $1300 where you can get a very low mileage 390 for $500.

March 25, 2009, 02:45 PM
I just picked up a Winchester 1400 semi-auto for $300.00 that does the trick. It is a great skeet gun and it will be my main upland gun as well.