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So I went skeet shooting today for the first time. Holy He!!, I hit 11 out of 50. :shock:

I was using a Mossberg 500 20ga with a modified choke. The guy who runs the range told me the choke was probably one of the reasons I was having issues. He gave me some pointers that had me hitting fairly consistently near the end. I will definatly be going back to start developing this new skills set. I am a pretty good shot with a rifle and a pistol, but I have never really done anything with shotguns.

My thought is that shooting skeet will help me develop better target acquisition skills and reaction times.

Anyone have any suggestions/tips?
 

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Damn I guess you need LOTS OF PRACTICE!! Sorry to hear that. Have fun!
 

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Damn I guess you need LOTS OF PRACTICE!! Sorry to hear that. Have fun!

No sh!t....
Maybe you missed the part that said
I will definatly be going back to start developing this new skills set.


Damn that sucks go practice isnt really helpful....
 

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MossbergOwners.com • View topic - Skeet Shooting... has some good videos and if you check out the bender cheat sheet that is a great place to start. just get back out there and keep practicing. if you can afford an instructor that is also a great place to begin. the way you position your feet and hold your shotgun to start are a huge part of consistently breaking the birds.
 

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MossbergOwners.com • View topic - Skeet Shooting... has some good videos and if you check out the bender cheat sheet that is a great place to start. just get back out there and keep practicing. if you can afford an instructor that is also a great place to begin. the way you position your feet and hold your shotgun to start are a huge part of consistently breaking the birds.

Thats what the range guy was saying, that I was trying too much to shoot tactically and not "like a sportsman". Said I needed to bend my front knee way more, and aim like I was looking across a table top. Thanks for the link, I'll have to check it out. The guys at the range teach classes there too I believe, but since they werent busy he just came out and gave me some tips on it.

I am go to make it a goal to get out there about twice a month, as I already have 2 other shoots I do during the month, plus any "fun" shooting.
 

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Its all about being smooth with skeet shooting, once you get it down those birds will be dropping like its their job...
 

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In all honesty, thats not that bad for a first time skeet shooter without any knowledge of leads and speed. The only problem I have with Skeet is that the targets "always" have the same trajectory and speed in a constant pattern. The difficulty is from which station you have to shoot, but if you shoot it enough, you can predict (without outside interference like wind) where it will be going. You already know where it will be coming from. (high or low)
I like Trap due to the fluctuation of not knowing at which angle the target will be going. It comes from the same place every time, but not in the same angle.You might want to try both. They will both help in recognition and timing.
Only my opinion, so you skeet shooters out there, don't think I said skeet was easier than trap. They both can be difficult without practice.:)
 
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