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Old 06-19-2013, 12:41 PM   #11
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Trip that is $15 dollars per round of Skeet. We can shoot $250 dollars worth in competition on a week end. Trap and Skeet shooting competition is not inexpensive.
Is that not still vastly cheaper than other shooting sports, like say, IDPA? 3-gun?

I can burn 500 dollars in .45 ACP during recreational shooting on a weekend, if I had the money to burn.
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This is always a tough question to answer and it really depends on how often and how competitively you will be shooting skeet.

Are you going to be shooting actual rounds for score in competition, or are you going to be going casually with friends/shooting backyard clays?

Also, in the clay shooting world," not many people will call anything you can get for ~$300 high quality...you really do get what you pay for.

That being said, the most common types of shotguns used for clays are over-unders and semi-autos. If you can wait and scrape together a bit more cash you can get used, but nice, Browning A-5s and Remington 1100s.

To you, I would strongly recommend the 1100. When my cousion began shooting registered sporting clays with us, he bought a used 1100 for $500.

Me, I just bought my gun 2 years ago for $3,500....

Many people on my school's shooting team have guns that are in excess of $10,000...

Just shop around and look for a deal.
I have to agree. Browning A-5s are great for shooting sporting clays.
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I used to shoot skeet competitively. I loved to shoot skeet so much I had to limit myself to 400 rounds a day. I could shoot for free if I trapped for guests. I shot a lot of skeet with a pump. If you have the inclination to shoot skeet you can shoot any pump with a screw in choke or a skeet barrel. I would rather have good pump than a crappy double barrel. For $300 all you will find is a crappy double barrel. I would get a Mossberg 500. If shooting skeet is for you the 500 will make a good hunter and back up gun. Once you get quick on the slide the 870 express will short stroke all day long. The Mossberg 500 will reliably eject the empty hull and present a loaded shell for battery by recoil alone.

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Trip $500 Combat shooting? Whoa! Combat shooters reload or have a sponsor. Even shooting factory loads in team shoots I really don't know how you could fire that many rounds?

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Trip $500 Combat shooting? Whoa! Combat shooters reload or have a sponsor. Even shooting factory loads in team shoots I really don't know how you could fire that many rounds?
I SAID recreational.

Of course, all disciplines are cheap if you have a sponsor. How many people who want to shoot and compete have sponsors falling all over themselves to snap up new competitive shooters?

500 bucks in '45 is less than 1K rounds these days, off the shelf.

Telling me you can't burn 1k over the course of an entire weekend? I can do it in a single range session of I wanted to punish myself and make it unenjoyable. I DON'T, because I can't afford it, but I have, and I can.
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Unless your actually competing in competitions, an old pump will work just fine for backyard skeet/trap. I use a 12 GA New Haven 600AT (Mossberg 500 made under a different name) with a 28" modified choke barrel, and it works just fine.

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I got a 12 gauge as my first skeet shooting gun for $100 from an old friend, you don't need to spend $300 for one

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Good skeet gun and tight budget is an oxymoron. You don't need a $10,000 Kriegoff and a $300 Mossberg won't cut it either. However, you could get an inexpensive gun to start and then constantly save for something like a Browning Citori. Even a used Citori will be fine. You almost can't wear 'em out. Skeet and trap are two vastly different games. A gun will be fine for one and a compromise for the other. Decide what game you want to shoot and get a gun more suited to that genre. It can still pinch hit once in a while for the other game.

Here is a thought that might help. If you don't like the idea, that's fine too, but I have some friends who have bought some really fine guns with money earned by selling stuff they didn't need on ebay. It's pretty easy to do, doesn't cost you much, the money adds up fast, and nothing has to come out of the household budget.
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I have never shot skeet competitivly but I have done fairly well with a Remington 1100 LT-20 Special that is straight stocked with a skeet barrell. It is also my favorite dove gun. I would look for a used 1100.

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My son was lucky enough to get a used (like new) Remington 1100 trap gun. It came with an extra skeet barrel for $475. It was made in 1979 but looks new. He shoots 23 to 25's in trap with it.

This gun was hard to find. He looked for a good gun for clays for almost a year when we found this at our local Cabela's. He was using a Remington 870 before this. He was doing good with this gun.

I use a Browning BT-99 with a 34" barrel for trap and a Ruger Red Label o/u with 28" barrels for skeet an sporting clays.

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