Originally Posted by bobski
most home throwers are set up next to you, right?
well, in my course. youre 16yds away from the machine to start with!
This should put things into a bit of a perspective...
I have fixed chokes in my gun, full and modified, and yes, the thrower was right next to me. Sue was doing the throwing for us, so I wanted him close enough that I could snatch him up by his hair if I needed too. Plus, without a trap house, don't really want to put someone out in front of you...
Let's look at this objectively...
Starting point = +16 yards
Speed = ~40 MPH, and this is usually considered the MINIMUM in American skeet. International can go up to ~70 MPH supposedly.
Max Effective Range for skeet from a Modified choke 12 gauge = 32.5 yards according to the chart.
This means, that with the starting point 16 yards out in front of you, and traveling at a minimum of 40 MPH, you have to get your shot off (optimally) before it travels another 16.5 yards.
By comparison, the average speed for an NFL running back in 2008 was 4.53 seconds for 40 yards.
This approximates as 2.25ish seconds for 20 yards, just 3.5 yards farther than the optimal range of a Modified choke 12 gauge (again, according to the chart)
Now... MPH? Average MPH for an NFL running back is supposedly somewhere between 17 and 21 MPH (bear in mind, those are usually short sprints, where they give it so much effort it would make my heart pop). We could do the math, converting yards into miles, and seconds into hours, multiply by this, divide by that, but I
ain't doing it. This is less than half the speed a skeet usually travels.
We're looking at less than a second to get the shot in.
It's going to be challenging.