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    Anyone? fun? expensive? good clubs?

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    Re: clay shooting

    Yes, yes, yes, http://minutemansportsmen.com/

    Jokes aside. Very fun. Very expensive if you really want to get into it. Ammo is one of the big expenses and that could be in short supply these days.

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    Very fun, very cheap as far as shooting Shooting sports go. Cool thing about shooting clays is that there are a lot of clubs that don't require a membership.

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    Re: clay shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by G21forme View Post
    Very fun, very cheap as far as shooting Shooting sports go. Cool thing about shooting clays is that there are a lot of clubs that don't require a membership.
    Shot a true sporting clays course out here at Ben Avery last year. Just showed up, paid the fees and rented Benellis and bought ammo. It was all digital with a debit card type system on the course. Hell of a good time!! Older folks had their golf carts and side by sides going around the various courses. Can’t wait to go again, huge bang for the buck.

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    Re: clay shooting

    Singles Trap: easy to learn, impossible to master

    Skeet: steeper learning curve, possible to master

    Not crazy expensive to start. Beretta A400 is a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. BT-99 is the classic singles trap gun. Both are cheap and plentiful.

    Many private clubs are closed now since shooting at (but missing) clay pigeons is a non-essential activity. Fin, Fur, and Feather in Millis has a nice setup for clays if you're in that area.

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    Re: clay shooting

    Shot sporting clays down in texas. For the money it was the most fun I've had with my clothes on.

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    Re: clay shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by caboteria View Post
    Singles Trap: easy to learn, impossible to master

    Skeet: steeper learning curve, possible to master

    Not crazy expensive to start. Beretta A400 is a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. BT-99 is the classic singles trap gun. Both are cheap and plentiful.
    Is an A400 really worth $1000 more than an A300?

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    Re: clay shooting

    I've been shooting skeet off & on for two or three years now.. just a 500 dollar Browning BPS 12g pump.

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    Re: clay shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by MUZ720 View Post
    Anyone? fun? expensive? good clubs?
    Not sure where you’re at, but both Country Pond in Newton NH and Major Waldron’s in Barrington N.H. are back to shooting trap. MAjor W. Trap and 5 stand sat.at 9 (skeet sun at 9) Country pond trap only. Sat. at 1 and Sun at 9. No membership required at either one (.50-1.00 more per round).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassomatic View Post
    Not sure where you’re at, but both Country Pond in Newton NH and Major Waldron’s in Barrington N.H. are back to shooting trap. MAjor W. Trap and 5 stand sat.at 9 (skeet sun at 9) Country pond trap only. Sat. at 1 and Sun at 9. No membership required at either one (.50-1.00 more per round).
    Lakes Region NH, So gun, I was looking at Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 that's what my research tells me.

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    Re: clay shooting

    I picked up an 870 a couple years ago for something like 250 on sale at dicks. I think it's fine for playing with some clays to start.

    Picked up a spring loaded clay thrower for cheap too, and have used it a couple times. We've got a "grey market" area where people go to shoot and no one really minds.

    I live in Moultonborough now, but haven't been to any of the club's around here. I hear the one in Hooksett is big on clays. I think the moultonborough club does clays too.

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    Re: clay shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by MUZ720 View Post
    Lakes Region NH, So gun, I was looking at Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 that's what my research tells me.
    I have a 28" 500 in 12 and a 26" 870 in a 20 for my girl. Caliber aside I prefer the 500 for the weight and ergos. Honestly you can't go wrong with either and I've never felt I could out shoot them or that something more expensive would improve my game, but just a casual clay guy.

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    Re: clay shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by MUZ720 View Post
    Lakes Region NH, So gun, I was looking at Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 that's what my research tells me.
    . If you want too see if you like it enough to buy decent gear, don’t spend a dime to start. Borrow friends’ guns. Trap guys At clubs are generally happy to let you try theirs. Major Waldrons has 4 or5 870s and similar they’ll let noobs use.

    Caboteria’s suggestions were good. I shoot a 34” bt-99 model with adjustable comb and gracoil that I bought back when I decided I was all in on trap, but The reality Is that the gun probably isn’t the thing that’s going to keep you from shooting your first 25 straight at 16 yards.

    Others may disagree, but if you feel compelled to buy something ASAP I wouldn’t suggest any kind of pump for targets. You can do skeet with a pump but nobody competes with them. You can do singles trap but not doubles (well, not any better than you can do skeet). On wet days I’ll sometimes shoot skeet with an old mossberg 5500 mkII semi auto that works fine, but that I don’t care much about.

    Pm me if you think you might want to trek down to Major Waldrons for trap/skeet and gun tryouts. I know the regulars and you’ll have a LOT of options.

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    I've only done trap and skeet once. It was on a rainy windy night. I did manage to hit like 12 on the trap field and like 1 or 2 on the skeet field. It's fun an challenging.

    I've done sporting clays a number of times. When things open up again check out Addieville East Farms. They are in Mapleville RI. If you don't have a gun they will let you borrow one for I think $20. You walk the course and you pay based on how many clays you toss. Pretty sweet setup. If you have all your own stuff and you throw each clay once you're out of there for under $30 a round. If you're feeling spendy Robin Hollow Outfitters is there. They have shotguns for sale that range from $500 to over $100,000. It is crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MUZ720 View Post
    Lakes Region NH, So gun, I was looking at Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 that's what my research tells me.
    Quote Originally Posted by G21forme View Post
    I have a 28" 500 in 12 and a 26" 870 in a 20 for my girl. Caliber aside I prefer the 500 for the weight and ergos. Honestly you can't go wrong with either and I've never felt I could out shoot them or that something more expensive would improve my game, but just a casual clay guy.
    Those are both good shotguns. I have a Mossberg 590A1 which is very similar to the 500. One thing the consider before you buy is how comfortable are you with a gun. You may enjoy clays with a semi auto over a pump. The two advatages the Semi auto have are generally reduced recoil so you will be able to shoot more and then you don't have to operate the pump efficient and quick when shooting doubles. Less to think about. They are a little more money but may be worth the extra enjoyment you get being newer to clays.

    The pumps are doable. Just have to get to the point where you don't need to think about reloading the next round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by union View Post
    Those are both good shotguns. I have a Mossberg 590A1 which is very similar to the 500. One thing the consider before you buy is how comfortable are you with a gun. You may enjoy clays with a semi auto over a pump. The two advatages the Semi auto have are generally reduced recoil so you will be able to shoot more and then you don't have to operate the pump efficient and quick when shooting doubles. Less to think about. They are a little more money but may be worth the extra enjoyment you get being newer to clays.

    The pumps are doable. Just have to get to the point where you don't need to think about reloading the next round.
    I'm a huge fan of pumps in general. What semi Shotguns run consistently with 7 shot. Benellis don't seem to work with lighter load shot. Would love to add a semi auto to my collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G21forme View Post
    I'm a huge fan of pumps in general. What semi Shotguns run consistently with 7 shot. Benellis don't seem to work with lighter load shot. Would love to add a semi auto to my collection.
    It's not in the same realm as a clay gun but my M4 hasn't had an issue with 7.5 shot. I have a few hundred down the pipe from a shotgun class. The only thing it had a problem with was slugs that were marked low recoil. Wouldn't cycle those at all. I'd like to have a Benelli SBEIII or a Browning A5 in my safe but they are off in the distance for gun purchases for me.

    I'm not against pumps. Once you get the motions down for firing it then it's not a big deal. To me it is just one more thing to think about for someone new to clays and/or guns. I'd prefer to take that out of the equation so that person can concentrate just on hitting clays.

    With that said my clay gun is Browning Citori 725. More then I need for how much I shoot but the deal was too good to pass on. Not a ton of left handed O\U guns on discount out there.

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    Just making conversation friend. Only reason I say that is I've never seen so many failures rso 'ing matches then semi Benellis and "custom" 1911s. Semis are sometimes temperamental. That being said I have no experience with high end side by sides or over under. Figured hey if you don't like it you still have a great house gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G21forme View Post
    ....What semi Shotguns run consistently with 7 shot. Benellis don't seem to work with lighter load shot. Would love to add a semi auto to my collection.
    ...a decent number of skeet guys use semis . Never heard anyone, ever, complain about cycling issues... and they’ll always choose #8s. IMHO, this may be one of the best bang for the buck do-it-all guns. A tad heavy for skeet and only one barrel/choke but fully adjustable. I tried one that a guy at my club owned and hit 23 first time at the line with it (trap). Good sights too, which is another thing cheap shotguns usually lack.

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    What gun are we talking about?

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    What gun are we talking about?
    https://www.remington.com/shotguns/a...tion-synthetic

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    Oh shit that's a few dollars, looks awesome though. I'm far too much of a casual shooter for that money.

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    I used to shoot skeet a good bit, especially in the winter. I started with my old field gun, Winchester 140 Semi 12ga. It is big and pretty heavy but doable, that gun always fit me well and shouldering it to the target was second nature. I was cycling a lot of rounds through it and it started to show. That Winchester is a field gun, not made to do a tremendous amount of shooting it seems. I moved up to a Browning XS Skeet O/U. Big difference in shooting. The O/U are shorter because there is no action and they feel more controllable, quicker on the swing and target acquisition, ymmv. It's nice to be able to run two different chokes as well.
    I was loading my own rounds for a while. It is a little cheaper, but what I liked was I loaded the rounds a little light to reduce the recoil, made for nicer days when you are shooting 200+ rounds. With the O/U you don't have to worry about cycling the action.

    I don't know if Ruger still makes the O/U Red Label. Firewall here won't let me look at firearm stuff so can't confirm. That was supposedly a pretty good shotgun for the money.

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    Thanks for all the information and good suggestions. Major Waldron's is a must when we go back online!
    Gun needs to be a good around unit and under $500. I do like the idea of a semi auto but the pump action guns are attractively priced, and simpler to maintain i would guess also ?
    Still in research mode so no rush to purchase.
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    As others have mentioned, borrow a couple types of guns if you can and see what you like.

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