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11-27-2010, 10:04 AM #1
Anyone Shoot Trap or Skeet?
Finally got a membership to a local shooting range that opened just a few months back. It's a great facility and I was excited to get out there with the old man yesterday for some Trap shooting. Neither one of us had ever given it a go but I really enjoyed it. I think I'll be heading back out there today for some more practice, though. haha
Anyway, just wondering how many folks actually do this. So who else enjoys shooting trap or skeet?
11-27-2010, 10:59 AM #2
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We go all the time! I love the sport. We have a big army base about 20 minutes from where we live and they have a giant shooting range and trap and skeet setup so we go there all the time. Then we also have just a tire mount pigeon thrower so we can shoot from the back yard into the field. Its definitely a fun and competitive sport!
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11-27-2010, 12:30 PM #3
That's awesome. I've wanted to try it out for quite some time but I guess I never really had the opportunity. I've been dove hunting a couple of times but never trap shooting. Now I've got myself looking at Trap guns so that I can really make a hobby out of it. What do you usually shoot? We took my Mossberg 590A1 (just because I felt like shooting it) and an old Savage Arms Fox side by side that belonged to my great grandfather. The Fox shot the best, by far. After all, it is more suited for the sport. The weight and ghost ring sites on that 590 weren't quite appropriate for shooting Trap.
11-27-2010, 09:48 PM #4
It's a hell of a lot of fun, that's for sure. I've been shooting clays for about 8 years now, off and on. I started off shooting trap when I lived in Arkansas, but once I tried skeet I never looked back. I just recently got back into it down here in Louisiana. A lot of clubs down here want you to join, or you have to pay ridiculous fees per game, but I can't go often enough to justify the cost. I reload my own (20 ga.), which is rewarding in it's own right. I've also had my eye on a little .410 O/U...maybe after I'm done Christmas shopping!:sarcastic:-Sal
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11-28-2010, 05:59 PM #5
Yeah. I was just having a conversation with Stephan about reloading. It is something that I've been looking into but I'm a little frightened about it since I don't know anything about the process. I know several people who do it with great result, though!
11-28-2010, 08:27 PM #6
I've never messed with any memberships for shooting ranges. My buddy and I always just go in the back yard and shoot. We get competitive with it though. I'm talking no plugs throwing 5 at a time. That's the way to do it other than you go through shells...FAST
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11-29-2010, 02:05 AM #7
My neighbors wouldn't appreciate it much if I went out in the backyard shooting (neither would the Kenner Police Dept.)!! I wish I could though. I've got a buddy who has 5 acres who said I could come out there anytime I wanted,...just haven't yet.
Vincennes, as far as reloading, it is simple once you get set up. It would take a while for the savings to pay for the equipment, but it's never really about the money, is it? I load a slower 7/8 oz load (~1125 fps) which has worked out great for me. Very, very clean burning and hardly any recoil. Once you get a loader set up, there are many published recipes that take the guess work out of it. I've loaded thousands of rounds through that thing and never once had a dud or a misload, which is more than I can say for any Winchester shells I've bought!
11-29-2010, 01:17 PM #8
That's great information, Sal. I appreciate it. Between you and Stephan, I'm thinking about getting into it sometime. It may be a while from now but I'll let you guys know how it goes.
As far as backyard shooting... my parents have a bit over 5 acres and I desperately wish I could just step out the backdoor to shoot. Unfortunately, they live in a gated "ranch" neighborhood that has a Home Owners Association that prohibits gun fire within the neighborhood. It's funny though, because deer hunting is allowed. Haha... only with bows though, I guess.... or however else you could legally do it without a firearm. As far as MY apartment is concerned, I certainly couldn't do it here! Haha.
11-29-2010, 01:37 PM #9
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11-29-2010, 01:53 PM #10
I have been shooting skeet for about 5 years and got to a local gun club in Waxhaw, NC. Skeet is awesome, but about 2 years ago I tried their 5 stand and it takes skeet to a whole nother level. 5 stand really is as close to real fowl hunting as I have seen. About 6 months ago I found a place that is in the back part of a working farm that has a "woods course" which is 12 different stations in the woods and thickets shooting pigeons from all sorts of directions even one that simulates rabbits.
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