First time hints?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by zhuk, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Looks like I'm going to be in a shotgun competition this weekend as the pistol range is closed, which will be pretty much the first time I've really handled a shottie (if you don't count the 2 shells -count em, 2 lol- that my uncle allowed me to let loose on his rural property when I was 17 - and I don't :D)

    That might seem strange; to be thrown into a comp with nil experience, but that's the way the laws work here - you can only shoot if you actually compete on a target licence.


    So...any first timer hints out there? Apart from leaning into it which I've kinda guessed already. Unfortunately I don't know the gauge yet, but it will only be a side-by-side double barrel (as anything else is yeah you guessed it, illegal :rolleyes:)


    Have no idea of the competition format, and I don't know how much (if any) instruction I'll be given beforehand...so thought I'd just ask about some general stuff here. Any replies welcome...
     
  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    When you get there, start talking to people who have some experience and try to get some pointers. Shotgun shooting is one of things that you just need to do in order to learn. I remember getting some instruction from my dad but I still had to learn how to see/feel where I needed to be with the sight in order to hit a moving target.

    By the way, your laws SUCK!!
     

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    You're aware of leading a moving target right? You have to shoot in front of whatever direction the target is moving. Also you have to follow through-don't stop your swing after you pull the trigger. Get your cheek down on the comb and look down the rib. There's basically 3 different types of shooting for moving targets.

    The 1st is spot shooting. This is where you point the shotgun in a spot where you think the target is going to pass and pull trigger. Very few people are really consistent with spot shooting but those who are are very good. It takes a lot of experience to get real good at spot shooting.

    2nd we have swing through. This is where you start with the shotgun behind the target and swing the shotgun faster than the target is going. When the bead passes in front of the claybird you pull the trigger. This is perhaps the easiest of the 3 main types of shotgun shooting at moving targets (claybirds). The reason for this is you don't have to calulate the lead distance as much as it will APPEAR to be a lot shorter than the sustained lead method.

    The 3rd is "sustained lead". This is where you swing the shotgun in front of the claybird at the same speed and keep it that way as you pull the trigger. Some people whom use this method are very good but it does take more practice to get good at it because follow through is more critical and you have to resist the tendency to stop your swing after you pull the trigger more.
     
  4. jbshoots

    jbshoots New Member

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    you could always buy a box of clays and some target ammo (both are really cheap) and one of those 5 dollar hand throwers and go out to a field and have a friend throw for you while you shoot them. this will give you a feel for shooting moving targets in the air with a shotty.

    and like the guy above me said, lead your target. which is pretty easy with a shotgun. even if most of your shot misses, you can still bust the clay.

    i'm no competition shooter, but i can hit clays, heck almost anyone can do that, i think the winning edge in competition is consistency, which, with practice you will get.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    This would be an awesome idea if he didn't live in commie Australia...
     
  6. jbshoots

    jbshoots New Member

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    you can't target practice in australia?

    or can you not have personal guns?

    i don't know the laws there, but if they have shotgun competitions, surely there's a way to practice. but if there isn't i'm goin to australia to enter some competitions, i'll win every one. lol (i get TONS of practice with all my guns :))
     
  7. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Will do, spittinfire :) I'm sure its a totally different animal from rifle shooting...and not only because of moving targets, heh. I can see how feel is going to come into the equation a lot more.




    Awesome advice, thanks stalkingbear! Swing through as you have described it sounds like the way to go, at least for a newbie...it's going to be VERY interesting :D




    Well suprisingly, we can have personal guns (for now anyway lol)


    Hmm, not really much chance at pure practice though...to shoot you have to be supervised by a RO, which pretty much means competition since we only get range time once a week. For example, I have only shot rifle 6 times in total, and every one of those occasions has been in competition. If you have a hunting licence+Police approval to shoot on a primary producer's property (or live on a farm yourself) then yeah I'd say you can get all the practice you want!

    But not on a target shooters' licence, which is what I have. That is legally meant to be used for competition only (see below for exceptions)


    [One caveat on that though - when you are legally able to accquire your own firearm (still a year away for me) there are some very few indoor ranges where you can go to practice pistol/rifle, again under supervision if you have a covering letter from your club.

    But not when you're using club guns as I have to atm. So there is hope! One day :p]
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    You are very kind my friend. I would like to meet you some day. I would like to once again state that your laws SUCK!!! They suck a dead monkey's rectum!
     
  9. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Indeed, spittin!


    And just for the rage-value, let's remember the Chief Monkey responsible for our wonderful laws...John Winston Howard...the man to whom Bush awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom. Which didn't mean his services to freedom in Australia, obviously :rolleyes:

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    ahh, that's stopped me twitching for a moment lol
     
  10. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Well, since you insist :D


    The world-renowned (hmm maybe not lol) Queensland Meter Maids on the Gold Coast...


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  11. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    Well...How did you do in the competition? Did you make us proud?
     
  12. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Well personally I prefer to call it 'comic relief' :p