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Old 07-26-2006, 09:36 PM
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Anybody try this.
From what I have seen this looks like a lot of fun.
Shooting Trap is BORING. Maybe if they launched armadillos or live squirrels it would liven things up.
Skeet with a pump is something that takes more skill but when you learn the trajectory
the clays fly and use the markers it is a tad easier. What I would really like is one more round to fire a double from position 9. Better yet, try to hit both clays with one shot.

I don’t know if there are standards for sporting clay ranges or if it’s local choice. It still seems to be the next logical step beyond skeet.
I figured that Bailey and TB will have some of the low down on this as well as location of some ranges. Our local range was closed when they discovered that the lead shot was landing in the well field for the city drinking water plant.

Either that or I will have to mount a launcher on the bow and shoot trap off the boat. Extra points for higher chop.

With itchy trigger finger I await your response.

P.S. SShelia.
Putting a few rounds down the pipe is a great way to purge some aggression.
Something Primal I guess and it could be considered “Treating Yourself”

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Old 07-26-2006, 09:38 PM
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I can imagine. But I left the Glock when I moved.

Big mistake, huh?
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:43 PM
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That depends on your attitude and which way the barrel is pointed when you drop the hammer.
Not going any further.
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:54 PM
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SSheila,
Hell buy another one, they're cheap.
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:06 PM
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I didn't much like the slide on the Glock. It was really stiff. If I decide I need a handgun, I'll shop before I buy. My dad gave me the Glock; I didn't choose it for myself.
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:16 PM
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Sporting clays is a lot of fun...especially if you have a course with many different stations that feature mulitple throwers and changing terrain. You have a much more hunting like experience in sporting clays. Hi birds, crossing birds, straight away...even rabbits/squirrels to change it up a bit. All that while you're walking through the woods, not just standing in one sport or moving around a semi-circle.

I highly recommend it but like I said above...it greatly depends on the course.
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:23 PM
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Com’mon guys,
Sporting clays.
You walk from station to station. Some of the targets shoot off like a rabbit others launch straight up some take off close to the ground and then climb.
I really want to try this.
I cleaned my 20 gauge last night and the smell of the solvent got my juices flowing again.
The local indoor range is for pistol and small bore rifles only and is next door to a gay bar.
Try to figure out the zoning on that one.
Sporting clays……..

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Old 07-26-2006, 10:29 PM
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abeal2,
Thank you,
I surmise from your answer the courses are laid out by local choice.
Are there signs like TEE markers with the pattern to expect or just yell PULL and wait to see what happens?

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Old 07-26-2006, 10:50 PM
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Monstro - 7/26/2006 10:29 PM

abeal2,
Thank you,
I surmise from your answer the courses are laid out by local choice.
Are there signs like TEE markers with the pattern to expect or just yell PULL and wait to see what happens?
They usually give you a "demo" but if you want it to be even more life like you can just wing it (no pun intended) and see what happens.

We usually get a group together and bet on stations like betting on holes of golf. Multiple times more fun than the skeet/trap thing IMO.
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:33 AM
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All three games require different disciplines.

Trap is a matter of physical discipline since it's pretty much a 12 gauge game. Trap handicapping is accomplished by moving the shooter farther and farther from the target launching point. You say that trap is boring, have you ever tried it from 27 yards??????

Skeet is a matter of mental discipline and is a 4 gauge game with handicapping accomplished by reducing gauges from 12 to 20, to 28 then all the way down to the lowly .410. Have you ever tried skeet with a .410??????? Have you ever run 100 straight???

Sporting clays is more diversified with the layout and is mostly dependant on the available space and terrain, I have shot courses that were spread out over 2 to 300 acres and you rode golf carts and then I have shot courses that were packed into less than 30 acres. On some courses the sub gauges can be used and on others the 12 gauge is required. Some of the SC courses are set up so as to be impossible to shoot a straight and others are so easy that you'll doze off while shooting.

Another game that you didn't mention but is gaining popularity is called "5 stand". It involves shooting targets thrown from multiple throwers from different shooting positions. It's not new but is not widely known.

I personally shoot ALL shotgun games, ALL shotgun gauges and enjoy the competition most of all.... Doesn't matter WHAT you shoot, just get out and go shooting, it's fun and believe it or not some of us find it relaxing.......
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:11 AM
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What Bailey said, plus in sporting clays you can shoot twice at a single.
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:42 AM
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What Bailey said x2

In my neck of the woods though there are not too many sporting clay ranges. If I had to rank them in my favorite order

1) Trap
2) Sporting Clays
3) Shooting at nothing in the sky
4) last and certainly least - skeet
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RI Builder - 7/27/2006 8:42 AM

What Bailey said x2

In my neck of the woods though there are not too many sporting clay ranges. If I had to rank them in my favorite order

1) Trap
2) Sporting Clays
3) Shooting at nothing in the sky
4) last and certainly least - skeet
It's funny but I expected responses along these lines, because most people LIKE to do what their good at. I would bet a buck that you shoot higher scores at Trap than at Skeet?????
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:00 AM
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Bailey:

You mean you EXPECTED people to agree with you - how vain

I have not shot skeet in about 5 years, but you are 100% correct, my trap shooting is much better. I could never really get caught up in the skeet hype, it always seemed like "going through motions" to me where as the randomness of trap I find more challenging.

Of course I am best at number 3 - I never miss the sky
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:38 AM
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I like the structured approach to skeet as well as country doubles and five stand. I was never much at trap possibly because of timing...I usually ended up shooting over the clay when it was on the way down or under it on the way up. Recently though I've stuck to rifles and pistols.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:08 AM
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#3 is something that most of the masses excel at......

Skeet, as I said is a mental game, requiring repetition of the same motion over and over in order to have high scores. (high scores being 99% or above in a 4 gun event)

I tend to shoot more skeet than anything because that's where most of my friends are. The trap field is not foreign, and if I shot more I would begin to have friends there as well.

These are both "social" sports as you can watch others while they shoot whereas Sporting Clays is done with a "squad", out of sight of others. I like an occasional round of SC or 5 Stand because it allows me to use "regular" hunting guns and reacquaint myself with mounting and swinging. My SC scores will not impress any record holders, but I can usually avoid embarrassment and come away with respectable numbers.

Having said all of that, now maybe it helps explain why I have to do the occasional "loading frenzy"..... To count the number of rounds I put through my guns would be a task within itself.......
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:16 AM
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Bailey makes a good point. Skeet is a 99%+ game. In sporting clays there are no perfect scores. There is another form of sporting clays that is a hoot. It is called a "flurry" and is shot on a 5 stand field. A team of 5 shooters enter the stands and lay out a couple of boxes of shells in front of them. The trapper programs the computer to a certain skill level and then let's her go. In a flurry there will be 125 targets thrown from 6 different traps in just a few minutes as the team tries to break as many as possible. There can be one target flying or six flying or anything in between. With most targets having at least two shots fired at them it sounds like a war zone.
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Used to work production on a play that opened every year on the day after Thanksgiving at the Koger Center in Columbia SC. I'd take a bunch of boys up to Hermitage Farms in Camden SC. We would shoot wobble taking turns, but if you missed your bird, it was fair game, and the other five of us unloaded on it. Sounded like WWIII. We blew through about 70 boxes of shells. Lot of fun.
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