Looking for a shotgun for clay pigeon shooting

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  1. jon3k

    jon3k XDTalk 100 Member

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    Shot some clay pigeons over the weekend, and had a blast :D Was shooting a few different 12 guage guns, and my shoulder is paying for it today. I'd like to pickup probably a 20 guage specifically for shooting clays, but I know absolutely nothing about shotguns. I really liked shooting the short barrelled guns, they were just a lot more manuverable for me.

    Any advice would be appreciated, what to look for, what to avoid, is a 20 guage a good idea, if I'm just shooting clay, or would you recommend something else?

    And if anyone is wondering, didn't do so hot, maybe 50% :lol: I definitely need some practice. If you've never done it, give it a try, it was tons of fun!

    EDIT: Edited for the grammattical travesty of a subject line :)
     
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    therooster XDTalk 1K Member

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    any shotgun will work. i have competed with a $300 remington 870 and kicked guys asses who were shooting $10K guns.

    skill always comes before equipment.
     
  3. jon3k

    jon3k XDTalk 100 Member

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    $10,000.00? As in, United States dollars? :shock:

    I don't plan on any competition beyond maybe betting a beer or two with my buddies for afterwards :D

    The only name I know is Mossberg. :oops: Maybe I should just swing by Sports Authority and see what kind of stuff they have in stock, and what feels good when I hold it.
     
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    Jamess67 XDTalk 100 Member

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    12 gauge is a good all around gun. Someday you may want to hunt and the 20 would be a little small.

    I shoot clay birdies with a Winchester 1300. Cost around $220. Its a punp but Ive had good luck with clay and real tweetys.
     
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    PackerfanXD XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    I love my 835 Mossberg! It does everything from home defense to skeet to turkey and deer. It uses alot of the same extras as the Mossberg 500 series. You will also appreciate the abiltiy to change out chokes.
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    Matt`G XDTalk 500 Member

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    I have a Mossberg 500 -- no complaints about it. Go to the local store and shoulder up some shotguns and see which one feels the best.
     
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    BBunin XDTalk 2K Member

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    You didn't say exactly what KIND of Clays you were shoting.
    Trap?
    Skeet?
    Sporting Clays?
    International?

    If you're going to go beyond an 870 and take it up seriously, you'll want to fine it down a bit. A sporting clays or Skeet gun is usually shorter barreled and lighter than a Trap gun.

    A plain jane 870 express will take you a long ways, but eventually, you'll want an autoloader such as an 11-87 or Berreta AL391. One of the reason for going to an autoloader is that it eats some of the recoil.

    A couple of tips for beginners, particularly those shooting O/U or Pump guns:
    Use the super light loads! You're NOT shooting from the 27 yard line and you're NOT used to 400 rounds a day!

    Other than that; have fun. That's the most important part!
     
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    xd357 XDTalk 500 Member Founding Member

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    I would stay with the 12 Ga. your shoulder will get better the more you shoot it. Or at least you won't notice it as bad.

    I use a rem 870 but I prefer my duck gun a Benelli SBEII. The Benelli
    is an semi-auto with a 28" barrel it can run with the people I hunt and shoot with.
    Use whatever feels good to you and your shoulder there are many options out there, short or long barrel, expensive or not.

    Have FUN! Just don't get too carried away like me, I bought a champion SST clay thrower with all options and have been out once a week since!
    I would like to go more often but my boss thinks I need to work instead. :evil:

    Also, for just friendly shooting, wal-mart has pretty cheap case prices on shells 2 3/4" 250 rounds for around 30 bucks.


    Matt


    edited for price
     
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    PackerfanXD XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    If you are just shooting skeet or trap, all you need is 7.5 or 8 load. Virtually zero recoil with these (I almost exclusively use these two loads for skeet and dove and quail).
     
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    Talon XDTalk 2K Member

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    Hello jon3k,

    IMO You cant go wrong with a Remington 1100 LT20 8) SWEET!

    Peace
    Talon 8)
     
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    skeet is fun. Ive been doing it for a couple of months now and have a blast. I use a rem. 1187 auto, and the first 2 times out my shoulders were sore and brused. Found out it was because i wasnt holding the shotgun the right way and kept letting the gun fall between the 1st and 2nd bird. I would defently stay with the 12g. It will get better.
     
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    Check at the shooting club you go to. I have seen some SWEET deals at one of the clubs near my house (used $2500 gun for $800). Some rich guy wanting to unload his "old" gun to upgrade. As for $10k gun, a couple weeks age I seen a Robert E.Lee edition (Browning I think) that was $20,000 dollars.
     
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    Oh yeah. Some custom competition shotguns easily surpass the $10,000.00 price tag as well.

    Krieghoff
    Browning

    Just to name a couple.

    Yes it does. Soon enough you will wonder why they have the box of clays marked "Fragile as eggs" when you'll swear that you hit those little suckers but they didn't break. $200.00 or $20,000.00 gun won't make a diffrence there. It is fun though :D .
     
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    Try and find a good used Beretta 390- that is what I shoot and love it.
     
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    aiformula XDTalk 3K Member

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    I went to the last Grand American trapshoot to be held in Dayton. One of the Perazzi's let me pick up one of their shotguns. It was so light and absolutely beautiful, and when he told me the price, I almost dropped it. 22k. And that wasn't the most expensive one there by far.

    Personally, I like my 16 ga 870 wingmaster. I used to shoot a lot of trap (qualified once for amateur ranks at the Grand) and have done a bit of bird hunting and it's always served me well.
     

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