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Does anybody compete with auto loaders?

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  1. wheelchair shooter

    wheelchair shooter TS Member

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    I am curious about how many people use semi autos for competition. I do not see or hear of many people using these type of guns. Why?

    Thad
     
  2. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    I have used a Beretta 391 and actually started registered shooting with a Remington 1187. You still see these types of shotguns on the line and they are capable of shooting good scores.

    The reason people tend to go to the break open style guns has to do with simplicity of operation, greater durability and minimal maintenance requirements.
     
  3. BigBadBob

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    There are tons of youth shooters using them. Less felt recoil.

    Last season on our youth team we had 5 kids with Remington 1100 classics. (one of which took 3rd place in AIM Nationals), 2 with Remington 1100 field guns, 3 shooting Beretta 3901RL's and 1 kid shooting a Benelli.

    11 of the 17 kids we had shooting last year were using semi-autos.
     
  4. Robb

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    I used 1100's for years. Go for it. You will feel good when you beat the $10000 crowd. No shame at all for autos but use shell catcher.
     
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    The big dollar gun owners are embarassed when they get beat by a $600 auto loader, so you don't hear much about it. HMB
     
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    Pete McCall was one of the finest with a Winchester Super-X Model 1!!
     
  7. WGB

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    I suppose it depends on the "competition". If you mean ANY type of competition lots of people shoot autos. If you mean big league competition, maybe not so much.

    Pretty funny the last few comments were the typical "I beat the high dollar shooter with my $299 Turkish Masterpiece." That has nothing to do with the original post. Does it makes you feel better about yourself or your choice of shotguns to post that comment? Pretty fragile egos on here.

    Doesn't matter what anyone shoots.
     
  8. pigman66

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    I injured a shoulder while in the military and use a Remington 1100 comp to shoot with. I can't take the recoil of an over and under.
    Paul
     
  9. wheelchair shooter

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    I shoot a 391 and have shot some good scores with it. There is only one other person that shoots at our club that shoots a semi auto and everyone else shoots SBT's.Even at our state shoot there were no semi autos. All you here about are the SBT guns. I was just wondering why.

    Thanks, Thad
     
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    Daro Handy...Rem. 1100...BIG DOG
     
  11. shaggist

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    I shoot Winchester Super X-1s for several reasons. It has very little felt recoil and one gun can be used for all claybird sports. I have injured shoulders, and will become a Senior Veteran shooter the next birthday. I can't absorb the recoil of a 3 dram, 1 1/8oz load 300 times in one day and still be able to function reasonably well. I don't have the same stamina or endurance as I did in my younger days, so anyway I can reduce the fatigue factor I am going to useit.

    My major problem is, I am a 29 year guy living in a 69 year old body.

    Jack
     
  12. Robb

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    WGB, I was speaking about the GAH.You are right though that it matters not what a man shoots only how he shoots it. Mine was $400 BTW.
     
  13. mrskeet410

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    My 1100 drives the Canterbury crazy.
     
  14. 2500 HD

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    Love my 1100's. Ran some nice score with it and hasn't let me down.
     
  15. oleolliedawg

    oleolliedawg Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    If someone really believes they can't compete with an autoloader they might want to look up Pete McCall's averages when he shot that SX-1. They're really scary. What a fine shooter he was!!
     
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    I stood right next to an all american that broke a 99 in the Dbles once in Butte Mt. He laughed when he missed the one. He was shooting a Beretta 390 I believe. I don't think I have ever seen birds broke with such smoke.

    Rick in MT
     
  17. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I don't shoot registered, so I'm only competing against myself. But I prefer a gas autoloader because of the recoil reduction. I initially used an 870, but two, sometimes three rounds of trap were all my shoulder cared for. I can shoot all day long with an 1100 or 1187.
     
  18. Hap MecTweaks

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    Big Leo used an 1100 for a lot of years and shot terrific scores with it. Tom Strunk shot a Super-X 1 for years getting his Grand Slam at #50 on the list. Also was the second shooter in history to break all 300 targets the same day,16s, 27 yard caps and doubles. Yeah, the semi-autos will work and work well.

    Hap
     
  19. Leo

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    Shot an 1100 trap, then a 11-87 trap, Then a single barrel trap gun. Then I wanted to shoot doubles so I spent a couple of years with a 391 trap. I am back to an O/U. The semi autos are great shooters and really were dependable, but the down side is the cleaning. The semi autos dump the unburned crap from the inside of the shells into the trigger group and shell lifter. Dirty powder seemed to make this worse. An O/U can shoot all season without cleaning or relubricating the triggers.
     
  20. Michael Wascom

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    I shoot a Benelli Cordoba and do pretty good with it,I do have a shell catcher on though.
     
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