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O/U - load both barrels for singles

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by glenns, Jul 25, 2009.

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  1. glenns

    glenns Member

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    Just starting shooting a Browning over/under shotgun.

    When shooting trap should I load both barrels even though I'm only shooting the over or the under (singles)? Any reason for this? (I saw it on a trap dvd).
     
  2. Ahab

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    One of the quickest ways to get on the bad side of the range officer!
     
  3. fishguts

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    Please post the name of the dvd.

    Thanks, Wayne
     
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    It is an ATA safety rule that you only load one shell for Singles and Handicap.

    What trap DVD? May be they were talking about a trap event where 2 shots are allowed, Wobble, Olympic bunker, Down the Line.

    Jason
     
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    OMG. I can't BELIEVE something like this was on an instructional? DVD. One shell-at a time-in the bottom barrel.
    -powderburn
    Keep it safe. Keep it open.
     
  6. glenns

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    I think the DVD was made in 1985 from references made.
    "Pacymayr's Trapshooting" - Ken Robertson

    I checked the dvd again and the first shooter has two shells in his gun. Does not look like a snap cap.
     
  7. glenns

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    The first shooter is Ken Robertson's dad
     
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    I believe you can load either the top or the bottom barrel, but not both at the same time (for singles or handicap).
     
  9. 12Gagejon

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    In bunker I beleave its manatory you have to shoot both barrels even if you break bird on first shot Jon
     
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    My buddy, an old timer, shoots a K32. He shoots the top barrel for singles and handicap, and always keeps an empty in the bottom barrel. I asked him why. He said so he will not put the live round in the wrong barrel by mistake.
     
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    IV, I, 12: "....In Singles and Handicap shooting he/she may
    place only one (1) live shell in his/her gun at a time and must remove
    it or the empty shell(s) before moving from one post to another...."
     
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    ABH

    IV, I, 13: "Snap caps or recoil reduction devices may be excluded from the
    above only if colored a safety orange as to permanently identify them
    as not being a live or empty shell."
     
  13. Joe Woods

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    Today it is not proper, but some would put empty in unused barrel, to prevent putting live round in wrong barrel.
    This is not accepted today.

    Joe Woods/Ontario
     
  14. Chip Pitcairn

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    In bunker trap it is not mandatory to shoot both shots.Some shooters always shoot both shots on station 5 to avoid having to unload the gun when walking from post 5 to post 6. Many instructors tell their students in practice to shoot the second shot at the pieces of a broken bird to ingrain staying in the gun and tracking the taget after the first shot. In Columbare Pigeon shooting (hand thrown) it is highly encouraged to shoot the second shot.
     
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    This poor practice almost ended the life of my crazy trapshootin' uncle. He once witnessed me load two shells when I was about 13 years old and his head almost exploded, LOL! I got the point, though.

    -Gary
     
  16. glenns

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    Thanks - very informative.

    I will be shooting my first registered shoot in a couple weeks so I did take a look at the ATA rules.

    Additional note on the DVD - all other shooters with o/u guns only had one shell loaded.
     
  17. Martin_CA

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    Was the DVD for Olympic/Bunker/International Trap, where you're allowed two shots at every bird?

    http://www.members.tripod.com/~gentryrj/otrap.html
     
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    I'm glad to see some people are asking safety questions about procedures before trying them on the field. Thumbs up.
     
  19. Dave P

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    "to keep from putting a shell in the wrong barrel"? How stupid and with lack of concentration can you be? I don't know about ATA rules but at our club that's a good way to get un-invited back after being told ONCE. I find it hard to believe and wonder if the post is for real.
     
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    Could it have been a skeet DVD? Dave P is right, put a shell in the wrong barrel? There's only 2 of them!!

    Eenie, meenie, minie, moe..................Wayne
     
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