Clay target shooting

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by rmsmith76, May 18, 2013.

  1. rmsmith76

    rmsmith76 New Member

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    Hi guys, newbie from Oz here, just wondering if any of you are in to clay target shooting and what discipline you enjoy, I must say I love it...
     
  2. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    I enjoy killing the clay pigeons too. Never been too much into trap, but like Skeet and Sporting Clays, except for the prices. Lately I shoot more "pasture clays". I have an electric trap set up to throw targets faster than the ranges do, and I can move around and get different angles and stuff, even to shooting in the woods. A buddy also has a couple and we shot AT about 600 clays a few weeks ago. Did okay overall, but really bad with a Taurus Judge. :D
     

  3. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    i live and breathe it.
    smith76....what state you in?
     
  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Oz = Australia, methinks.
     
  5. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    I've been shooting skeet here in Indiana. Gone 8 times in the last 4 weeks. I love it.
     
  6. rmsmith76

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    Yeah Melbourne Australia.... And it's great fun ain't it, as soon as I leave all I want to do is go back...
     
  7. Virginian

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    I sent some parts he couldn't locate to a guy in Australia I met on a model railroad forum. Sent them in with a model train car kit. (I'm pretty sure the statute of limitations has long expired) What do they let you shoot down there since the great gun grab?
     
  8. rmsmith76

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    The wildlife in Australia is amazing as I'm sure you'd know, plenty of rabbit, fox, duck, quail, goat, pig and deer.... But the laws on where and when you can shoot is pretty strict, that's why I spend a bit of time at the rifle range or clay shooting.. And as far as what guns we can have I reckon could be counted on one hand.. Our laws are completely screwed... Even if your licensed, you have to get a permit to acquire any new gun, which has to be approved by the police with a valid reason for having it, then there's a 28 day waiting period if its approved... And keeping your licence is even stricter, a friend of mines son was killed walking home from school by a drunk driver, and within hours the cops were knocking on his door taking everything he owned "in case he retaliated"... He had to fight it in court at a cost of over $3,000 to get them and his license back... And he never mentioned anything about retaliation, it was just in case... Another friend split up with his wife and the same thing happened... Our laws are bull****, it's easier to get one illegally than legally...
     
  9. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I am a Florida State Games gold medalist in the 55 and older class in skeet (won the bronze the year before that). Soon after that, I started leaning more toward rifle shooting, collecting, and reloading for rifles. I still have my skeet guns and still shoot skeet on occasion. I don't care much for sporting clays.
    ct
     
  10. duddie10

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    Thats awsome. How would i get started. I love skeet and trap shooting.
     
  11. bobski

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  12. cottontop

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    getting started


    I would suggest that you join a skeet club and get to know some good shooters. There are usually a few good guys at every club that will be glad to help you. Get one gun that fits and that will shoot where you point it. Don't worry about all of the different gauges. Remember, you are learning. When you become fairly proficient with the one gun, then you can move on to other gauges (or barrels, depending on what type of gun you shoot). There are basically 3 styles or techniques used in skeet shooting. These are, sustained lead, swing through, and pull away. I used the swing through method and it worked very well for me. One advantage is that it keeps the gun moving and it becomes difficult to stop the gun. Stopping the gun or slowing down the swing is the number one cause of misses in skeet. That brings me to this: the one problem with my first suggestion about finding some good shooters to help you learn is that they will teach you using their method which may or may not work for you. Just understand that in the beginning. Let me know if you have anymore questions. If you are ever in central Florida, let me know and I will give you some instruction in person.
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  13. bobski

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    nehhh. i know the clubs in his area. if you arent a member and smoke cuban cigars, they wont give him the time of day that i would.
    because most shooters up there are on small fields, teaching and learning slows down the squads waiting in line. dues paying members then whine and since conn is so overregulated, teaching is only reserved for certain days set aside for it.
    i just dumped my 27 year membership in a conn club because of this and many other conn politics that went with it.
    he's coming out to mo oct. we'll get him flying straight for free. he can have his own field and take all day.
    im the boss here and i like it much better that way. no committee to tell me i cant. the good old top down type A mgt model works quite well.
     
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  14. rmsmith76

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    I had the same problem with a few clubs over here.. Didn't want to know me or help me in anyway... But then I went to the Melbourne Gun Club and I've never looked back, they have been so supportive and helpful there... I've since shot with some of the worlds best such as Russell and Lauryn Mark, Adam Vella, Craig Trembath and Michael Diamond and they were just decent knockabout blokes like you and me.. Only with world titles and Olympic gold medals...lolol..