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Doubles advice

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Browning Man, May 11, 2009.

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  1. Browning Man

    Browning Man TS Member

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    Well I just started shooting doubles and I find my scorces very inconsistent, do you guys have any pointers. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. trapshootin hippie

    trapshootin hippie Well-Known Member

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    Don't miss any.
     
  3. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    I'm a lousy and inconsistent doubles shooter; those in the know have told me that the first target is the key; the first target has to be taken aggressively and consistently. I'm working on that; doubles game is relatively new to me.
     
  4. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Straightaways first.
    Watch the background for something to locate where to look for the first bird when the previous shooters are shooting.
    shoot the first bird quickly, but in a controlled manner,
    let your eyes go to the second bird, the gun follows.
     
  5. midalake

    midalake Well-Known Member

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    doubles is all about setting up correctly for the first shot......find a good coach who can teach you how to take the first shot.

    GS
     
  6. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Learn how to trap the first bird, this allows you to have your guns POI set for the second bird. This game plan allows you to use a light load and open choke for the first shot and a full load and tighter choke for the second shot. It helps to be using an O/U. HMB
     
  7. phirel

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    Figure out how to keep your head on the stock after it gets bumped by the first shot. Then, do not aim at the second bird. Just see the second bird and let your gun shoot when the gun is ready. Some things just automatically happen.

    Pat Ireland
     
  8. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Pat relies on devine guidance when shooting doubles. Follow his example and do what works best. HMB
     
  9. shannon391

    shannon391 Active Member

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    The first bird is easy to master, after that you just have to make a good second shot.
     
  10. Jim Porter

    Jim Porter Well-Known Member

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    Buy alot of reloading supplies or shells. Doubles are FUN and really deplete shell inventory!!
     
  11. dr.beav

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    My advice is if you are shooting at any place but at the KCTA, the first thing you want to do is tell the Line Judge to raise the targets 4 to 6 notches - or go do it yourself if at home. If that second target is falling when you try to shoot it, you will NOT have very good scores - it just will NOT happen. Very few target setters shoot doubles, and they just do not understand that you have to keep the second target up in the air unless you want to make it a hard game that only Leo III can do. The reason I exclude the KCTA from my comments is that Lynn is one of the very few that understand how to set up a doubles trap, and he does an excellent job of it - and as a result he has some really good doubles shooters there. You just cannot set up doubles targets the same way your set up singles targets. the beav
     
  12. CharlesR1100

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    HMB, divine guidance is not frequent on the trap field. Nor are things "automatically happening." I have to scratch and claw for every target. Nothing comes easily. I have found:

    1. Trapping the first target is great, until the wind starts.

    2. Using the same gun for singles has resulted in higher doubles scores.

    3. A one ounce load for the first shot does reduce recoil.

    4. Swing through shot on the second is the only way to go.

    5. Starting the gun lower for the first target may help to hit it sooner and help get the second on the rise. But might throw off your timing.

    6. Because fewer shooters sign up for doubles, there is a greater statistical chance of winning, everything else being equal. But they are not. Registered doubles shooters tend to be very good at it.
     
  13. PerazziBigBore

    PerazziBigBore TS Member

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    Alot of shells.. alot of targets.. a gun that fits.. a good coach.. and a notebook.. Good eye protection that fits..(right percsription if you need it)..and TIME...
     
  14. Neil Winston

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    Don't be afraid of doing quite a bit of aiming on the second shot, no matter what you may have read here. Certainly when you start shooting them and often, if not always, thereafter.

    Find out where you have to put the bead vertically to get the best hit. If it's under, aim under. If it's over, make the gun shoot higher.

    Shoot two or three feet ahead of one and five, maybe a foot ahead of two and four, at - or just a trace behind (!) -the second bird on three.

    Otherwise, I agree most with CharlesR1100, I've never found open chokes help any but an ounce is nice for the first shot; keep the gun moving but know where it is when it goes off and where the bird is too, of course.

    Neil
     
  15. Browning Man

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    Thanks for the help guys.
     
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