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My first 25 straight!!

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Colonel Reb, Jul 7, 2008.

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  1. Colonel Reb

    Colonel Reb TS Member

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    It took me a lot longer than everybody else, but after 2 and a half years I finally did it. I think a lot of it was learning how to compensate for my gun's factory LOP which is too long. I can't slide it up into position quickly like most people do. I had to learn to thrust the gun as far forward as I can and then pull it back into the "pocket" on the mount. I also have to cock my head a little to get my eye on the barrel so my head's not good and straight but it is necessary for eye alignment.

    I have watched videos from Kay Ohye and Phil Kiner and they helped but not as much I think as just practice and determination. Someone commented on here yesterday on Nora Ross's teaching that a one eye shooter needs to "see some cement" above the barrel. I actually shoot 2 eyed but do have to be careful of cross dominance, so I shoot low house like a 1 eye shooter. I guess the catchy alliteration worked, because I remembered that and used it today. Funny how one little thing you learn can make the difference.


    I didn't try for the 50. I was so overjoyed I just left the range then to come home and glue on the 25 straight patch.

    My ultimate goal is to win a registered match with the gun, which is a lowly Remington 870 Classic Trap.
     
  2. starshot2b

    starshot2b TS Member

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    Congrat's on your 25! It's great feeling.

    As an aside...as for your lowly "870", yesterday at a shoot I was at, I overheard a conversation where a gentleman's "P" gun broke down twice during the morning handicap. He borrowed a gun - an 870 actually and proceeded to break 98 or 99 with it. He decided NOT to fix his "P" gun for the 2nd handicap and shot the 870 with it.

    Keep up the good shooting (and do try and get your gun to fit you a bit better!).
     
  3. JBrooks

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    Ain't it fun! They will now come easier.
     
  4. Ed Y

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    kudos on your 25 but the question is, why do you shoot a gun that is too long for you?
     
  5. sammyd95

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    congrats !
     
  6. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, Reb. Mark down the date, place, and bank. You'll have fun remembering in later years.
     
  7. dverna

    dverna Active Member

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    Reb,

    Good for you!

    Consider getting the gun fitted a bit better. You can shoot better scores with your 870 if it fits you.

    Get an old beater off Ebay and hack away. What do you have to lose except fewer lost birds? It isn't like you will be ruining a $3000 piece of wood.

    Don
     
  8. Bobby36

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    congrats

    That 25 is alot harder than that 24 aint it
     
  9. trappermike

    trappermike Well-Known Member

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    Colonel, also think of it as 100% of the targets you shot that you broke. I have never missed when shooting my future son-in-laws gun. I shot it once, broke the target and put the gun down. Never shot it again. I can say, I have never missed with that gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Enjoy

    Mike
     
  10. Chango2

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    Get the gun to fit!!! 870's are great guns. Look for the long gone and lamented 870 comp as an upgrade. Still relatively cheap...and look for some trigger springs and/or a Timney trigger and you will have a pumper that will kick booty and shoot as well as them "furrin" jobs.
     
  11. Colonel Reb

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    Now I'm going to see if I can break 25 with my 1100 Classic Trap.
     
  12. Pull & Mark

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    Congratulation there on some fine shooting Colonel Reb. Enjoy the week and remember the glory. Next weekend is coming up soon. Oh Yeh, do get your gun fitted!! It will be much more enjoyable to shoot that way. Break-em all. Jeff
     
  13. gun fitter

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    Colonel Reb Congrats! Why haven't you taken the and had it shortened? If it's a matter of money let me know I'll cut it and install a pad really inexpensive for you. PM me I won't commit to a price here because of some of the mooches out there. Those who know me know I help those who can't afford all the time.
    Joe
     
  14. Joe Woods

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    I have shot many 25s , but never so greatful as for the next one.And I do remember the first 25 and the first 100. But always thankful for the next.
    Good Luck.


    Joe Woods/Ontario
     
  15. pw1

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    I used to shoot a TMX and at the Oklahoma state shoot several years ago the Jones Plate came loose and it made me so mad I fixed it and then put it up and got out my 870 Express with a 30' full and a slug stock and won the short yardage handicap championship.
    I used to get teased about shooting a 870 and having a Perazzi for a backup. I still shoot the old 870 on ocasion and it shoots great. I ran 25 with it on the 4th of July this year.
     
  16. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    Congrat's man that first one is the hardest!! Keep shooting and you'll be on here telling us about your first 100 straight
     
  17. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    Hey Reb. drop a quick note to remington arms and they'll send you a nice certificate with a 25 patch---no charge--. I still have my first 25 certificate from 35 years ago. motordoc
     
  18. Colonel Reb

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    Didn't know Remington did certificates. I have a whole bag of Remington 25 patches since I'm an SCTP coach. I only now was able to give myself one.

    I've been wanting this, but now that I've done it perhaps I shouldn't have wished for it. Because now I want to buy a truckload of ammo and go to the range and try for the 50. Maybe I can finally get out of D class this year.
     
  19. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    yes I sent in a name of a friend and in less than one week he got the patch and certificate.
     
  20. kraiza

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    Good shooting....
     
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