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best type of shotgun and sights for doubles

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Rickm, Feb 1, 2009.

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  1. Rickm

    Rickm TS Member

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    I just started to shoot double trap and trying to decide which is best type of sight/gun combination. I had been shooting a Browning Ultra for singles and was pretty consistant missing the occational straight-away shot. Unfortunatly this is typically your first shot on doubles. I have not tried the Ultra for doubles yet mainly because this problem. I have been using a skeet gun with modified chokes and have a high precentage hit on the first bird, the second, is about 50%. Obviously practice and experience will overcome most of this but my question is whats better for doubles:

    1) medium high rib, long barrel
    2) low rib, short barrel

    Thanks

    Rick
     
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    You need a few things to be successful shooting doubles.

    1. A gun that is set up for your style of shooting pairs.

    2. Most people shoot a rising first bird and a flat second bird. So you need a gun with a first barrel that has a high POI and a second barrel that shoots flat.

    3. If you shoot fast a skeet choke or IC works fine for the first bird and a modified or IM choke for the second bird is good.

    4. Ammo, a light 1 oz load of 8s for the first bird and a heavy load of 7 1/2s for the second bird can give you an advantage.

    Those are some of the things you should consider when getting set up for doubles.
     
  3. Rickm

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    One article the I read said that the top barrel typically shoots flat and the lower shoots high. I normally shoot the lower first, upper second which sounds like the right choice. I have been using modified on both but perhaps this isnt the best choice. I think one of my biggest challenges is that the first shot bounces/moves the butt of the gun a bit and its changing my second shot.
     
  4. rennerize

    rennerize Active Member

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    Rickm, what kind of recoil reducer do you use?
    Don
     
  5. Rickm

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    The Browning has a Kick-Ez and the Trap gun which is a Weatherby Athena has the stock Weatherby pad. Its not firm like the Kick-Ez, this one is very soft with lots of chambers that you can see through. The shoulder side is ribbed.

    Rick
     
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    hmb Well-Known Member

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    There are a couple of things you can do.

    1. Add some weight to the gun, both front and rear.

    2. Use a light load for the first shot.

    These two things will reduce recoil and make the gun more stable. HMB
     
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