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Shotgun Features

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by shotgunshoot, Mar 15, 2012.

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  1. shotgunshoot

    shotgunshoot Member

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    Hello,

    I'm interested to purchase a new shotgun for clay targets. What are the features that I should be looking at?
     
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Find a used shotgun that you can shoot before you decide to buy it. That way you will get a gun that is user friendly and one that breaks a lot of targets. Try to find one that has an adjustable comb and adjustable butt plate. HMB
     
  3. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    Any specific game? (trap,skeet, sporting clays)

    That more than anything will narrow down the useful features.
     
  4. GrandpasArms

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    This year I'm shooting everything with the same gun, a SxS. My backup and loaner is a Remington 1100. These work for me. For a person who isn't sure I'd strongly suggest starting with one of the good semi-automatics. The 1100 is my favorite, but there are plenty of others. Used S/As can usually be unloaded for about what you pay for them.

    Larry
     
  5. grntitan

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    Important Features:

    1)One that fits you<br>
    2)One that will last(major brands)<br>
    3)Adjustable Comb to help with fit<br>
    4)One that fits you<br>
    5)Did I mention one that fits you?<br>
     
  6. shotgunshoot

    shotgunshoot Member

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    Ok, let me refine my question. What physical features of the shotgun matter? How do you differentiate between shotgun models? I'm interested to shoot American Trap.
     
  7. Sky Buster

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    Adjustable rib
    Adjustable comb
    With these features you can make the gun fit you.
     
  8. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    Darn, I thought this would be about movies as in feature shows.

    But...buy the gun with some guidance from somebody who competes and stay away from "off brands" sold at some big discount box stores. Have fun.
     
  9. Shooting Sailor

    Shooting Sailor Well-Known Member

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    As noted above: Get one that fits you. This may be a plain factory stock, or you may need an adjustable comb, an adjustable butt plate to raise or lower the stock on your shoulder, or shortening or lengthening the butt for length of pull. The stock dimensions (drop of the comb at the heel, cast off or on, etc.) of dedicated trap guns are slightly different than the same model of sporting clays guns, and a little more different than the same model of field guns. Regardless of the difference, many shooters have shot a lot of targets with guns which are not designated as trap models, and so can you. If you are going to get serious about shooting trap, and want a dedicated gun for that alone, a trap model is in order, but if you may want in the future to shoot sporting clays, or skeet, or to hunt with it, a field or sporting model can do you equally as well as a trap gun. Try out guns you like, and if you can break lots of targets, and it fits, buy it.
     
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