GUN Any Skeet/Sporting clay shooters?

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  1. BROKE

    BROKE Mr. Selfdestruct

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    looking to get back into it and i was needing to buy a cheapish and reliable shotgun. i know over/unders and semi's are the preferred for this kind of shooting, but i would probably end up with a pump because of the price and the double duty of possibly using it for hunting/home defense.

    870 wingmaster
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    870 xpress
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    835 ultimag
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    not really sure what else to look at
     
  2. 993kgt

    993kgt building an airplane whee

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    i shoot a benelli cordoba, 28"
     
  3. sprite

    sprite Active Member

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    I don't shoot clays but a couple of guys I shoot USPSA with shoot clays alot, and a couple of them are using "Tri-Star" semi-autos (http://www.tristarsportingarms.com/). They are really inexpensive and I'd never heard of them before but they have been really happy with them. Might be worth looking into...
     
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    RyeLou OT Supporter

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    My brother uses the 870 sporting one. I have a Winchester 1300 pump sporting one...I love it. Both are easy to shoot...the semi-auto has less kick but mine still isn't bad. Plus I love the pump action of it.
     
  5. JaimeZX

    JaimeZX Formerly of :Sep 2001: fame - Also: Sprout Crew OT Supporter

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    I've used my Mossy 500 but I prefer my over-under. :dunno:
     
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    XR250rdr OT Supporter

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    I've just recently gotten into skeet using my 870 Express. A semi definitely has an advantage. Have you looked for a used 1100 in good condition?
     
  7. BROKE

    BROKE Mr. Selfdestruct

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    i shot the otherday with a mossberg 835 and did pretty good, i havent looked at the prices on any of the autoloaders though.
     
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    Dsking85 New Member

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    i'd go with a semi auto or an over under if you're going to shoot competitively. there'll be some shots that you won't have a chance to pump the action for.
     
  9. BROKE

    BROKE Mr. Selfdestruct

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    it wont be for competition yet, just for fun
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    I'd rule the 835 out, you don't need a 3.5"
     
  11. BROKE

    BROKE Mr. Selfdestruct

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    3.5 is for geese right
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    or turkeys, whatever

    in a pump it'll rock the shit out of you btw
     
  13. Gaunt

    Gaunt blood for the blood god OT Supporter

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    i shoot an skb o/u its really nice


    i would go with rem 1100
     
  14. 993kgt

    993kgt building an airplane whee

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    3.5 is for distance shooting, turkey i would not consider to be long distance flyers ;)
     
  15. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    Yes, because distance only applies during flight, not on the ground. :hsugh:

    and Turkeys can fly up to 50mph, pretty impressive to see.
     
  16. Stockman

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    Agree

    Even if you don't want to compete you should still go for semi or o/u... You will be at a huge disadvantage shooting clays with a pump. Some stations would be really tough to shoot with a pump at our club. You can get a good semi or o/u for a little more. An older Beretta AL-3 (semi) for around $400.00 or the Rem 1100 for around $600.00. As for the o/u find a used Beretta BL-4, or Charles Daily 800 o/u (12ga. 30bbl used minor wear) will last a lifetime. $575.00 http://www.gunsamerica.com/97690667...-Shotguns/Over-Under/Charles_Daly_800_12g.htm
    If I were looking for a good gun to start shooting clays with this would be a good place to start!
     
  17. Stockman

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    I just sold this Franchi Sporting SL for $900.00. It is a wonderful gun, I shot it as well as I shot any other.
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    I am moving to a Zoli Verona 980 like this one in the next couple of weeks. will post pictures when I get it.
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    Damn, look at that feathering!
    Nice choice!
     
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    Bobula Fairly Useless

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    I use a Beretta BL3 over under. Friend bought if for $425
     
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    Stockman New Member

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    That was a bargain!

    The Beretta BL series o/u' s can be found at a great price, and if you find one in good shape it will last several lifetimes. The only draw back would be fixed chokes, some of the targets are thrown quite close and shooting mod/full choke gun is a handicap. That said you can always have tubes installed!
     
  21. JaimeZX

    JaimeZX Formerly of :Sep 2001: fame - Also: Sprout Crew OT Supporter

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    I have an American Arms o/u made in Spain, gold trigger, etc; estate sale - $325. The Full / Imp. Mod. does make skeet & clays somewhat challenging. :o
     
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    I learned how to shoot with an 870 Express. Hard to find a more reliable gun. Even completely covered in mud while goose hunting I've never had a jam.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    Please, teach me more :coolugh:
     
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    Bobula Fairly Useless

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    I looked into getting removables installed. They said the barrel metal is to thin and my only option were clamp on styles....
     
  25. Stockman

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    Well if you plan to reload 12ga. there is a fix for that, but if you don't have the option of reloading then you would have to suffer. However the pro's state that if you practice with tighter chokes then you will be a better shot all around.
     

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