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Old March 10, 2005, 07:37 PM   #2
BigJimP
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some "clay" tips

There are a lot of good books out there on Trap, skeet and sporting clays. They're all very different games - but the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy yourself.

For shells - I like 1 oz of 8's for all 3 games and around 1200 to 1250 fps is a good load. Remingtun Gun Club shells are a good buy or you might find some Rio or Estate ammunition in your local area. Winchester AA's are not that popular a shell for clay target shooters - they've changed the cases from the older styles. For Trap go with 8's or 7 1/2's on your shells - for skeet you can down to 9's ( or just shoot 8's for everything ) - but 9's won't be very effective on trap because even at 16 yard trap your kill range on a target is around 35 yards and that's asking a lot of # 9's unless you get on the targets quickly.

Spend some time before Sat mounting your gun in front of a mirror - and try and get your mount as smooth as you can - it will pay dividents on sat. There are a lot of tips out there in the books - foot position, where to hold, where to focus your eyes, etc - but take some tips from your buddies and see if they might loan you a book or CD that will help you out a little.

Modified choke is great for 16 yeard Trap - if you move back beyond the 20 yard line you'll need an IM or Full - and if you shoot some Continental Trap I'd recommend an IM or Full. For skeet you'll want a skeet choke if you can get one - but an IC will work in a pinch. For sporting clays an IC or a Mod are usually good choices - but on a typical course you may have targets anywhere from 15 yards to over 40 yards - so it really depends on what you have on a particular station.
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