I need a new skeet gun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by ARlover, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. ARlover

    ARlover New Member

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    M new to the sport shot a 24 out of 25 but my mossberg 12ga is a B to shoot even with the after market pad!!! What are some good shoot guns for skeet around $600
     
  2. havasu

    havasu Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    IMHO, Remington 1100 or similar for an semi auto,or Remington 870 Wingmaster Skeet for a pump action. I myself choose a Browning Citori, but it is an over and under, and a tad out of that price range.
     

  3. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    $600 and good skeet gun do not usually fit well in the same sentence. If you are going to get serious about the sport, then an O/U must be considered. You can maybe find a used Browning Citori for under $1000 if you really look at shows, shops, and auctions and are patient. I would start saving my money and start looking. Nothing wrong w/ a used Citori. You just can't wear them out.
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  4. DeltaF

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    Remington 870 wingmaster with a 26 inch barrel or longer and a good solid wood stock.

    You might also want to look into a "shoulder shield" or "shoulder recoil pad." Some of the smaller females in our office use them for shotgun qualification and they swear by them. A few of the more practical SWAT members use them as well, in spite of a lot of ribbing. They make long sessions with a shotgun quite enjoyable.

    I've heard a lot of good things about the slipover "limb saver" recoil pad. Don't know what after market pad your using.

    image-357024801.jpg Shoulder recoil pad image-572466599.jpg Limbsaver slip over recoil pad
     
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  5. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    Look for a good used Remington 1100 or a Beretta 300 series. Whichever one you like the feel of best will outlive you with decent care. O/Us are preferred, but you are better off with a good semi auto than a cheap O/U. The gas semis kick much less than a pump.
     
  6. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    'Good skeet gun' and 'under $1200' don't go hand-in-hand.
     
  7. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    Hey, how's it goig? My name is Tim and I've been shooting Skeet, Trap, and Sporting clays competitively for almost 10 years now.

    First things first.

    1. How seriously do you want into this sport? It's more than possible to shoot skeet casually with a $600 gun, or even cheaper. However, if you plan on getting into it, you'll probably be looking at something in the $800-$XX,000 range. Here at LU students shoot with everything from custom Remington 1100s to Kreighoffs and Kolars that cost up to ~$10,000.

    2. Nothing is more important than fit when it comes to clay shooting. The better the gun fit, the easier it is to train you to your max. Shop around and find something that fits.


    That being said...If you change your budget, I have a Browning 425, 12ga., 30" ported barrel shotgun for sale with 2 factory chokes and leather hard case for $1,400.
     
  8. magnumman

    magnumman New Member

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    I use my Remington 1100 20ga. Sure it's not a $10,000 European o/u but it seems to work pretty well for me. Great pheasant gun too.
     
  9. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    tons of them out there.
    what state you in?>
     
  10. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla Active Member

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    Go to your local skeet club and see what they are shooting. Most skeet people will let you handle (check for gun fit) and even shoot their guns. Most are excellent ambassadors of their sport.

    O/U kind of rule the roost for a variety of reasons. They are also called $2K shell catchers. I have been in summer skeet for a few years and getting damn tired of picking up shells but it is recoil friendly. O/U spend a lot of $$$ trying to get their O/U to recoil as little as a gas gun but they can shoot light loads. Autos need more powder to cycle action

    No free lunch. Just don't buy a hunting O/U for skeet or a lower end gun. Your shoulder will thank you. Skeet guns are heavy for a reason.
     
  11. mtnbadger

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    I shoot skeet on a high school shooting team and I use a Browning B-80. It works fine for me and could probably be found within your price range.
     
  12. John_Deer

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    It wouldn't hurt the OP to keep shooting the pump for a while. He will get quicker and the pump will get easier to handle. When he goes hunting or is going to defend his home he is going to grab the pump. Becoming very proficient with a pump shotgun is a lifelong skill. If he slipped a recoil pad over a recoil pad the second recoil pad didn't do much but make the LOP long and the gun hard to point.

    Not saying the OP won't enjoy the game more with a true skeet gun. I am saying he doesn't need a new gun yesterday. If the OP can be happy with with the pump for while, he will find a gun he can afford that will last a lifetime.
     
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  13. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    i just shot an entire match with a pump. had no problem at all.
    its not the action that breaks targets, its the 'nut behind the bolt.'
     
  14. John_Deer

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    I plan to shoot 50 clays today with a 20 ga pump. Once again I was too lazy to reload for the 28 ga. It is real annoying. I can get a case of 20 ga AA ammo for $85, 28 ga the same ammo, low brass AA $150 a case.
     
  15. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    It's entirely possible to shoot anything with a pump. My brother shot sporting clays for 4 years with a 20ga. pump and made NYS champ a few times when he was young.
     
  16. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    i have to admit, it is funny watching a die hard pumper switch to a o&u. for a couple games, youll see him try as he might to pump that thing a few times!

    whats even funnier is watching a die hard o&u shooter shoot a pump gun. he'll get that 1st shot off and then will go brain dead on the second shot and pull on a dead trigger!!
     
  17. Gonzilla

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    I've seen a whole lot of the latter but not much of the former. My first shotgun was a pump and I have a pump 22 & 35 but I still dont shoot skeet w one.

    Shooting skills are perishable. Even though I grew up w one, it takes me some time to adjust to a "pump world." Never met a "natural shooter."

    I watched two brand new skeet shooters last weekend. Both had 20 ga. Gas guns (1100 & 1187) and both of them - repeatedly - got beat by doubles in skeet. (had to stop them from leaving station w live shell).

    Note: I'm not saying a 20 ga gas gun removes recoil from the equation (only a 28 ga can do that) but it does make it easier & in a lighter platform. Only negative for 28 ga is the cost of the shells - skeet wise.
     
  18. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    I haven't had a problem at all switching from pump to O/U and back again
     
  19. Gonzilla

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    I imagine some people can. Years ago, I had problems w double triggers on SXS. Recently went out and had no trouble. I was surprised.