View Full Version : Did my first round of sporting clays

October 25, 2011, 12:04 AM
I was invited out to take place of my father for a multiple company invitational round of sporting clays today. I've done a few rounds of trap shooting, but considered myself far from proficient, but decided to go anyway. My 20" mossberg isn't much of a clay gun, so the youth shooting league I help out with loaned me an over under.

Overall, it was an awesome day. We shot 3 report pairs on 'b' level, with a total of 17 stations (the last one was 2 pairs) for a total of 100 shots. It was broken down into 4 man teams. Ours certainly didn't win, but we had a blast none the less. I ended up getting 63 out of the 100, which I wasn't happy with when I compared that to what my hit percentage on paper with a rifle was. Many others assured me that's a pretty decent score for a first timer though, so I was sitting pretty content after that.

All in all, like I said it was a great time and I dot think it will be the last time I give it a go. The icing on the cake was going to Cabelas in Hamburg after that. If anyone has any pointers or tricks up their sleeve, feel free to enlighten me.


October 25, 2011, 12:32 AM
Kind of addictive isn't it. 63 is not a bad score first time around.

October 25, 2011, 04:33 AM
I'm in the Harrisburg/Hershey area. If you're close, maybe we could shoot sometime. I've been at it since 1992 and still learning every time I go out... :)

Dave McC
October 25, 2011, 08:34 AM
Good start. Mine the archives here for stuff on SC. You may want to try some different shotguns and see what works for you.

October 25, 2011, 08:38 AM
63 is an EXCELLENT score for someone shooting sporting for the first time
You CANNOT compare rifle shooting to shotgun shooting in any manner, so do not.

Learn to read target lines and transitions, and determine which "attack" method you want to use for that presentation

Most importantly, throw the score cards away for a while and just have some fun

October 25, 2011, 03:42 PM
Dang, wish I had shot a 63 my first time out. If I recall it was more like a 42 or some such.

October 25, 2011, 07:04 PM
Sounds like a good time.

Were you shooting at Lehigh Valley SC?

October 26, 2011, 12:33 AM
Dalecooper, sure was. Were you up there or just familiar with the description?

I definitely want to stick with it, as I could see the progression as the day went on. The hardest part was trying to not stare at the clay an maintain some sort of sight alignment. The shooting league has been gracious enough to allow me to use their shotguns, so I can figure out what I like before dropping my own money on it. Now I just need a vest because a hoodie pocket won't cut it in the summer.

October 26, 2011, 08:29 AM
The hardest part was trying to not stare at the clay an maintain some sort of sight alignment.

This going about it bassackwards - you WANT to focus hard on the clay and its flight line and NOT on your sights - your eyes and your offhand pointing finger become the instruments used to keep up with the bird