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    Ajarman, the place I've been shooting lately also has a 5 stand set-up, and you're right, it's a whole other ball game. Very humbling too, I might add. I don't know if I am not choking tight enough, or if I should be shooting hotter loads or bigger shot (6-7.5) to carry further, or if I am just at a natural disadvantage with the 20 gauge, but my confidence from the skeet field doesn't carry over to the 5 stand. A lot of the targets thrown seem a little out of range for me. Probably just need a lot more practice. I've only done it a couple of times, but smoking those 'rabbits' sure is a blast. I've shot on a sporting clays course in Missouri years back, and I remember doing a lot better then. It was like you said, a "woods course". 10 shots at each of 10 different stations. She used to change it up every month or so, and it had some pretty crazy scenarios.
    BTW, I shot a Remington 870 for years up until a couple months ago, when I bought a Yildiz O/U from Academy. It's been a great little gun so far, but I've only got about 450 rounds through it. Pretty funny to watch me switch guns in the middle of the day, either forgetting to pump the 870 or trying to pump the O/U! Maybe I'll stick with one gun a day!
    -Sal


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    troutbug, i don't think you are at a disadvantage at all with the 20ga. I would try using a high velocity shell. I've been shooting skeet since i was young and I still pull out the 20ga. now and then just for kicks. I shot a Browning BPS 12ga. for about 4 years until I up graded to a Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III 12ga. a few years ago and I love it. But i think I have shot skeet with just about every shotgun we own. everything from 870s, 1100s, Benelli Nova and super black eagles to a Winchester 1300 Turkey Special. No matter what you are shooting, it's always a great time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KWG08VMI View Post
    troutbug, i don't think you are at a disadvantage at all with the 20ga. I would try using a high velocity shell. I've been shooting skeet since i was young and I still pull out the 20ga. now and then just for kicks. I shot a Browning BPS 12ga. for about 4 years until I up graded to a Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III 12ga. a few years ago and I love it. But i think I have shot skeet with just about every shotgun we own. everything from 870s, 1100s, Benelli Nova and super black eagles to a Winchester 1300 Turkey Special. No matter what you are shooting, it's always a great time.
    I haven't had a problem shooting skeet with the 20 ga., it was really just with this paticular 5-stand set-up. A few of the targets are going away from you (like trap), but at a further starting distance, and the incoming targets are already falling by the time they get close to you. I think I just need to use the O/U with a tight choke for those shots and a more open choke for the closer shots. Last time I shot it, I just didn't feel like walking back to the truck to change chokes once I got up on the stand and realized how far the shots were. I've never patterned the tighter chokes, which I ought to do sometime if I plan on getting better at 5 stand/sporting clays.
    The 20 lends itself nicely to skeet, and all the targets are roughly at the same distances (~25 yds). The reason I said I might be at a disadvantage is because I personally haven't seen many shooters with a 20 on S.C. or 5 stand. Probably more operator error though! And you are probably right about using a faster shell, I've just been reluctant to change my loader settings since I have it just right for my skeet loads.
    -Sal


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    I used to be pretty damn good at skeet shooting, I won a small tournament as a junior rockin my old youth model 870 20 gauge (could shoot that thing faster than my next gun, a Remington Model 1100!). I loved trap shooting a lot more though, we had a really nice course we used to shoot around with some great shot variations. I've since stepped up to a number of different guns (over unders, a side by side and a few semi-autos) but my favorite is still the 870-although my new Super Magnum 12 gauge is the preferred gun for me Skeet shooting was always just practice for birds for us though, so we haven't shot in a long time.

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    I shoot sometimes...I use a little different technique though...
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    Vincennes' thoughts:: trap gun... headers... trap gun... headers...
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    I actually got to shoot some skeet in Hawaii one time! It was pretty cool and they had throwers set up all around the mouth of the volcano! I bet Hawaiikid knows what I'm talking about haha

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    Sal, the set up I use for 5 Stand is different from skeet. At the 5 Stand I put in my modified choke and take out my skeet choke. There are some LONG shots that some chokes just cant reach out and get the targets. And with a modified choke you can really smoke those rabbits!!

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    Sal,
    I agree with you. If you are going to shoot the 5 stand I might keep a Mod. and an IC choke in the O/U. But like you said, you might want to pattern the chokes to see what you are really working with. I'm not familiar with the gun you are using, but my 687 came with a very wide variety of chokes and it took a little while to find what worked best for me.
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    Awww....don't be worried about reloading. Once you get the hang of it you won't want to stop. I use it for therapy....LOL. I reload around 4000 to 5000 rounds per year with pistol, rifle and shotgun. It is a blast (no pun intended...actually yes I did intend it. If you need any info just ask or use the web. There is some great info floating around out there.

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