Recommendation for clay pigeon shooting.

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by infiniteloop, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. infiniteloop

    infiniteloop New Member

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    I have been clay pigeon shooting a few times and find it so much fun and a great challenge. I believe what I've been doing would be classified as trap shooting. The most recent round really got me into it, and now I'm wanting to pick up my own shotgun so I can do it more often.

    I don't recall all the shotguns I've tried, but know the most recent was an older 20 gauge Remington 870, would have to guess its from the 1960-1970's. I really enjoyed the feel of that gun.

    I've read that the Remgington 870 Express is a good starter gun. While browsing their website, the Wingmaster really caught my eye in regards to the wood finish. But if I were to spend that kind of money I'm not sure if I should I look at a different brand/model.

    Hoping to get some insight on how I'd go about picking out a shotgun.
     
  2. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    I always advise a new shooter to start with a good used name brand gun. If you take decent care of it and change your mind, you shouldn't lose a dime if you sell it.
    I would look for a used Remington Wingmaster myself, but the BPS is a darned good gun if you prefer the feel of that as well.
     

  3. zimm

    zimm New Member

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    I can't say enough good things about the Remington 870. The first gun I ever bought was an 870 express 12 gauge. I would also suggest the Remington 1100/11-87 shotguns may be worth a look. Both the 870 and the 1100 have been produced in the millions so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a decent used one.
    The most important thing with a shotgun is it has to fit you. This affects accuracy, since the fit of the gun to your body determines how it will align with your eye. It also affect comfort which can be important if your being subjected to the recoil of several boxes of shells in a shooting session. And the more you like your gun, the you will enjoy shooting it.
     
  4. havasu

    havasu Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My first clay pigeon gun was a Remington 870 Wingmaster. I shot the hell out of it and did very well with no complaints at all. When I joined a professional shooting club, I was intimidated by all the fancy guns, so I went out and purchased a Browning Citori with the Versa-choke system. I shot that gun like crap. The day of the final competition, I again pulled out my reliable Remington 870 and ended up with the trophy. Bottom line is I will never talk bad about the good old 870, and think it would be your best bet.
     
  5. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I agree Rem. 870 is hard to beat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. Dennis845

    Dennis845 New Member

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    A Remington 870 would be a good choice. I use a Browning over/under 12 ga. myself for skeet & trap. The problem I have is, I always worry about scratching my $1,000.00 + stock. If I were to do it all over, I'd get a composite stock and not worry, just enjoy :)

    Also, at my age I need to start thinking about down sizing to a .16 or .20 ga. because the 12 is starting to kick me pretty hard.
     
  7. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Remington 870 is hard to beat. I have a Remington model 58 Sportsman 16 guage that is older than my father and I use it for skeet shooting all the time, I love that gun to death.
     
  8. infiniteloop

    infiniteloop New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the replies everyone. Sounds like the Remington 870 would be my best bet. Appreciate all of this info.

    Regarding buying used, where would you recommend looking more? resells at gun shops? pawns? gun shows? I've read a few things that made pawn shops sound discouraging, mostly their pricing vs retail price.
     
  9. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I buy all of my firearms or related items at gunshops or gun shows, because with pawn shops you run the risk of purchasing a stolen item more than a gunshop or gunshow.
     
  10. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    I've bought several of my last guns from GunBroker. Very satisfied on all fronts. I knew exactly what I wanted and found it easily.
     
  11. maierar

    maierar New Member

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    I know there are plenty of people who can shoot doubles with a pump, but I'm not one of them. I find it impossible (you may find it merely difficult, or challenging) to acquire the second shot. For clay sports I much prefer a double-barreled gun. Also, if traps is your sport, you may find it easier to get proficient and consistent with a higher comb and rib (your target is always rising).
     
  12. havasu

    havasu Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I myself have found by needing to pump the gun, you drop it down and get a full view of the rise or fall of the bird. This way, when I acquire the target with a fresh shell, I can visualize which direction it is traveling and how much lead is necessary. Also, being left handed, I grab the ejected shell in the air and drop in in my side bag before shooting the second target.
     
  13. tonydewar

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    havasu i want to see that ! for a starter gun 870 is great mossburg 500 may be better (2 rails) find someone close who has a clue and shop then shoot and have fun
     
  14. havasu

    havasu Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yeah, that was in my hay days. Those days are long gone unfortunately. Shooting and having fun...that's what it's all about!