Trapshooters Forum banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
519 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I know this is a trap site but I have a question about skeet that someone can have the right answer. There must have been a time when the 16 gauge was part of the skeet shooting game. There were skeet grade model 12 Winchesters in 16 gauge and boxes of shells in 16 gauge marked skeet shells. When did the 16 gauge drop out of the system and prior to that time, was skeet shot with 12,16,20,28, and .410?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,617 Posts
i don't believe there was ever a 16ga event in registered skeet. I've never seen any records available that would have been set for this event (long run, high average, world records, world shoot scores, ect). My guess is some used 16ga in the 12ga event, as some use the 20ga in the 12ga today. As far as their being skeet grade Win mod 12s in 16ga, that doesn't really provide any benchmark as their are trap grade model 42s out there as well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,361 Posts
Winchester made a Model 21 in "Tournament Duck".

The 16 was and is among the best for the field. It will perform Clay Target chores well.

There was never a registered 16 ga event in Skeet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,406 Posts
16 gauge Skeet guns were usually used by women and slight of stature people. Also the 16 was much more popular early on. Most WS-2 Winchester chokes on Model-12's are 16ga. Jeff
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
408 Posts
Early Skeet shooting events were "All Bore" Events you could shoot any gauge less than 12 but you would be competing without a handycap.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,064 Posts
I've seen 16 gauge Model 12s marked skeet. I was told about a 16 gauge Model 21 Skeet that was owned by one of the old timers at the club way back when. I may have seen it. It's too long ago to remember for sure. And I've seen 16 gauge ammo marked "SKEET".

I don't believe skeet ever has a separate 16 gauge event. Now factor in that for many years what we now call the 12 gauge event in skeet was call the "All Bore Event". I just always figured those 16 gauges were used in the All Bore Event. All Bore was the big event back then.

As an aside, even when I started, some still used their .410s in the Small Bore Event (3/4 ounce max).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
519 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Thanks Guys, I didn't know because where I grew up we didn't have access to skeet ranges. I shoot some now, including with the 16 gauge, but with a modified choke. I do fine because that gun is balanced so well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,469 Posts
I have an all original M12 milled rib trap w/ a full choke that is marked skeet. Which only goes to prove that what a M12 is marked does not mean beans.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,355 Posts
Jeff has it right the Model 12 in 16 gauge skeet is a rare gun and it was marketed as an option for women

I have one

regards from Iowa

Gene
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
8,492 Posts
Many fellows nowadays shoot 16 ga in skeet and trap. I have mod 12, 16's in both trap and skeet. I have never felt hindered on the trap range with the 16. Although I shoot a 101 as much in trap, I can't say I do any better with a 12 ga. B12
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,361 Posts
The gunmakers tried to kill the 16 for economic reasons. However, the 20 ga Magnum, which was supposed to replace it, didn't.

The 16, on its own frame, is among the very best of all the field guns. When I think of a field gun, it is a true field double, with twin triggers and extractors, in 16 ga, and on a 16 ga frame.

A poster mentioned the handling qualities of his 16.

The fact that Perazzi makes a 16 ga gun should be evidence of its following.

This orphaned round is making a well deserved comeback, in new guns set up for it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,060 Posts
"16 gauge Skeet guns were usually used by women and slight of stature people. Also the 16 was much more popular early on. Most WS-2 Winchester chokes on Model-12's are 16ga. Jeff "

I'm 6'3" and 300 lbs. I shoot a 16 in the field because it's light, kills well, and swings fast and smooth.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
200 Posts
WTB 16 gauge sxs. Will consider either skeet or field as long as it has a straight grip and splinter. Not interested in grossly over priced.
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top