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Old 11-13-2013, 01:11 PM   #11
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Ours were a circle with a dot in the center. Closest to the dot wins.

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Old 11-13-2013, 06:30 PM   #12
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We have them all over here, at least 2 per weekend for the 4 weeks leading up to rifle season opening, you have x amount of guys standing in a line, they all shoot at a target at 50-70 yards away, closest to bullseye wins either a Turkey or a Ham, lots of fun

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Old 11-14-2013, 12:29 AM   #13
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The shotgun shoots like the OP is going to attend are for smaller areas. One can build a backstop for birdshot by stacking bales of hay. The sheriffs dept here sent an email with a list of shoots that needed donations of hay and cash to acquire prizes. They want wheat straw because it is light and stacks well.
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Shoots here are at 20 yards, very small shot, and the shoots supplies the shell just so there is no funny stuff with the ammo.
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Originally Posted by nitestalker View Post
I have never seen a card shoot in the West. We have a Turkey Shoot here on Nov. 17th. It is always done on a Trap range. The most clays in a relay wins a "bird".
Some clubs shoot rifle and handguns best 3 shots off hand on paper.
My grandfather got banned from one of the "deer rifle" shoots in western PA back in the 60s. He was told to bring his deer rifle, which in Chautauqua County NY was a shotgun at the time, so he brought his J.C. Higgins 12 gauge bolt. The mods on the shotgun are as follows:

Barrel shortened 2 inches to remove the choke.
Barrel drilled and tapped for a front post sight.
2,000 meter Arisaka type 38 carbine rear sight.

From what I have heard, gramps was the last one to shoot in his round at a 12 inch target at 100 yards. Hr flipped up the rear sight, set it to what he used at 100 yards, and took the center of the bull's eye right out of the target. Along with all of the hits from the other competitors.....

I can only confirm that this happened for one reason. One of the guys he was up against was my ex-FIL, who according to him he was the closest before my grandfather shot. If you asked my grandfather, he was playing by the rules. After all, a shotgun is a western NY deer rifle.

And yes, I know that the old J. C. higgens should be out of circulation due to metal fatigue and poor design. My uncle has been using it as a slug gun for several years now, and I am trying to get him to stop doing so.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:13 AM   #16
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It makes no sense to take a 20 guage to a turkey shoot because each shell holds fewer pellets and normally you must use the 12 Ga shells supplied by the sponsoring club .

Common shot sizes are #6, #7 1/2 and #8

Never use anything other than a full choke and I agree with the long barrel being an advantage .

Most people prefer a game of luck to a serious shooting match .

Some clubs allow scopes. Some look the other way on cheating, sleeved guns being a problem . Some clubs allow you to bench rest the shotgun .

Turkey shooters often forego eye and ear protection, which is just plain wrong .

Chances of having fun, meeting people and actually winning something are usually pretty good . Chances of turning a profit are almost nil .

I once attended a shoot in which a man named " John Rocks " won a relay after entering several without a win. The announcer on the PA system said, " John Rocks finally got it off " , prompting a lot of laughter .
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:34 PM   #17
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Well I did my first turkey shoot yesterday, definitely a game of chance. We managed to shoot between rain storms






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