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WeaponsExpert 06-08-2013 02:52 PM

Competition shooting
Hello everybody,
I am wondering what type of gun is most common when competing in clay shooting competition. Types of guns: examples: (double barrel, single shot, semi-auto, etc.)

apwvsd40ve 06-08-2013 03:05 PM

Dbl shotty....most common on any clay range

Axxe55 06-08-2013 03:39 PM

many years ago when i shot sporting clays, most everone used an O/U shotgun. did see the odd pump or semi-auto from time to time. i even used a pump a few times my first outings, but didn't really care for a pump for shooting sporting clays and ended up shortly thereafter getting an O/U shotgum myself.

WeaponsExpert 06-08-2013 03:47 PM


Originally Posted by apwvsd40ve
Dbl shotty....most common on any clay range

What does dbl stand for? I am sorry I am a beginner.

Axxe55 06-08-2013 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by WeaponsExpert (Post 1271051)
What does dbl stand for? I am sorry I am a beginner.

Double Barrel shotgun.

BTW, welcome to the forum! stop over in the Introductions Section and say hello to everyone! Welcome!:D

apwvsd40ve 06-08-2013 04:25 PM


Originally Posted by WeaponsExpert (Post 1271051)

What does dbl stand for? I am sorry I am a beginner.

Sorry about that...just me typing lazy....if you are going to get into it could get expensive quick. Though it does not have too....stick with what you can afford. I used to shoot sporting clays for fun and did it with a pump shotgun....but double barrel makes it much easier.

Axxe55 06-08-2013 04:30 PM

and other acronyms used. SXS equals side by side shotgun and O/U equals over and under shotgun.

shadecorp 06-08-2013 04:45 PM

Many years ago when shooting Trap and Skeet,
I mainly used my Remington 1100's.
A Trap gun and a Skeet gun.
At times I shot my mdl. 12 Trap gun.
Or an O/U,
or a S/S for Skeet.
Would be great if you had a range that rents,
You could try.the different guns.
Good Luck
Have Fun.

indy36 06-08-2013 06:56 PM

I have 2 skeet guns. Both are made by SKB.

I have an SKB 5600. This is a 12 GA over/under with 26 inch barrels. Both barrels are choked with 'skeet' chokes.

I also have an SKB 1300. This is a semi-auto 20 gauge with a skeet choke. This isn't a purpose made skeet gun like my 5600 but it works just fine.

CrunchyFrog 06-14-2013 01:42 AM

Many clay shooting games involve "doubles" or "pairs" which means that you fire on two targets at a time (or in succession). This means you need something other than a single shot.

An exception to this rule is trap, where you typically shoot one bird at a time. Some trap shooters use purpose built single shot shotguns.

A pump is the least expensive repeater but shooting the pairs is more difficult with a pump gun.

A semiauto can be a good choice. They are typically less expensive than a quality double and a gas operated gun usually has less felt recoil than a pump or double.

A side by side double is a classic but they are less common in clay games than an over/under. I would avoid a cheap double barrel shotgun; a quality double can be expensive but they give good performance.

At my home club the shooter is required to pick up all of their hulls that fall on the ground. With a double I can open the breach, pull the empties from the chambers and drop them into a belt patch. If I use a pump or double I get a free workout bending over to pick up empties.

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