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Old 08-24-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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Good day to all. I am very new to Trap/Skeet/Sporting clay shooting and need advise that you all have probably talked about a lot. I have a Stoeger 12ga, OU 26in. I have shot both trap and skeet once, but find myself after talking to people and reading and watching video's that I long for something different. I think the Stoeger will suffice for now, but never was satisfied with "will suffice". I need some more advice that will confuss me. Ya see I am an older fella and get confussed quite easily. Anyway. I would really appreciate some input on a gun. I would like to stay OU, but have heard a lot about Brownings, Winchesters, Benelli's etc.
Please help with a little advice.
Thanks and really look forward to the future talks.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:57 PM   #2
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I have used a Browning Superposed 12 ga. for a long time (bought it in 1960) it has the super tubes also ,20 /28/410.I am a old fella also. The gun has had over 200,000 rounds fired in it ,as I used to shoot 100 rounds ,all gauges every Sat.for a long time. The gun had great balance and moves well .I don't shoot 12 ga. now only 20. ga. lighter .hope this helps

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Skeet and Sporting Clays use nearly the same gun--trap is a differrent animal. Not that you can't shoot trap with a skeet gun, it's just not ideal, so if trap is your main sport, you'll probably want to look at an O/U that has a high rib and high comb made for rising targets. If skeet and sporting clays is your main purpose, you have a lot more options, as those can be shot with basically a field gun to expert results. Both sports have moved towards longer barrels in O/Us, with 30 inch being minimum and 32 inch very common now. If looking for one gun to shoot the most, I'd get an O/U made for sporting or skeet in 20 gauge--you can shoot both 12 and 20 gauge events in both skeet and sporting with that gun, and they don't punish you as much as a 12 gauge during 100 round competitions. Browning is a good choice, as is Barretta, SKB, Remington, Winchester, etc. Pick up a few and see what feels best for you--they're all made to high standards today and should give you a lot of shooting without problems. Good luck and enjoy!!

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Another old post replied to and the original poster hasn't been around since he posted this on his join date......


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Wish I had been around on his join date. No answer might be why he didn't come back.

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I'd be inclined to stick with 12g -- even 7/8oz loads will work for skeet and 16yard trap -- almost recoil free.

I'd say you can be happy with any of these fine o/u guns in the $2-3k price range-

Browning Citori 625 (heavier weight, traditional)
Browning Cynergy (lighter, more modern)
Beretta 686
Caesar Guerini Summit Sporting

30 or 32" barrells

Check out the website of each of these 3 manufacturers for details.

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For registered ATA trap, 12 gauge is the only way to go. Plenty of O/U shotguns being used out on the trap lines, and if a person has the money, four barrel skeet sets to go with them.

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