I am the shooting coach for the Ms State Shooting Club. One of my guys has a 725 Sporting. I shot several dedicated trap guns of several manufacturers, three much more expensive than the XT that I have shot for the past ten years. His Sporting 725 fits me better than ANY OUT OF THE BOX GUN I HAVE EVER PICKED UP. As always, fit depends on each shooter but this is the first gun I have thought about buying in several years. It Is VERY nice!! Very smooth, points naturally on skeet and trap, low recoil looks good. All these depend on fit...and iT FITS my 6-4 215# frame Jim Porter
Richland Shooters Supply in Richland, Pa. has them in stock as of this evening. I was down and looked at a Monte Carlo fixed comb model in 32". They said they also had straight stock adjustable comb models, but I didn't ask what barrel lengths. Assuming the tag on the box was accurate, price was $2525.99 on the one I looked at...
ttt...anyone handled or shot one yet? Looking to upgrade from my bt99, to a XT or 725 trap. Shot a 725 sporting on a few rounds of trap and loved it, only complaint was that it felt a tad light . Trap model is suppose to be a pound or so heavier according to browning.
I shot two rounds yesterday afternoon. I did not do as well as I do with my Citori XT, but it will take some time to get used to it.
As for the trigger, it does not seem to be any better than my Citori XT.
It still has some slack that I take up before pulling the trigger.
It patterns about 80/20 for me as does my XT.
I went to Jaquas on Wed to see the new 725 trap guns. They really look nice. It seems to me that the gun is more right hand cast vs the XT series. It had a big right hand palm swell. I shouldered both the XT and the 725 as I am left handed. The XT felt great, but the 725 didn't fit me. I would love to see a left handed model of the 725. I do like the higher comb and rib on the 725.
I broke down and got myself the trap model this weekend. MC stock, which I know I need to add 1/2 to lop. I need to pattern it and the chokes, but I was able to sneak in 2 rounds of skeet and trap and the gun appears to shoot 70/30 which is right where I had my XT with adj. comb set at.
Triggers are much better than my old XT.
The gun doesn't appear to have as much recoil as the XT, but that could be new gun syndrome talking.
At first I did notice a "ping" when I would shoot. Not sure if that was a barrel ring or the hammer strikes. After about half a box I didn't notice it anymore.
I shot the gun as well as my old one; however, in the past it would usually take me 1k shells to get the gun dialed in, so I am hoping that my scores will be improving by the time I hit the 1k mark.
I need to pattern the chokes for sure, but I think they may be off by 2 sizes. I shot the IM/M at skeet and ran a 22 and 24. I doubt I could have done that with tight chokes.
The IM did break target fine from the 16, the full is more than enough choke back to the fence.
Apparently, there were a few trap models erroneously shipped with extended chokes ( lucked out and got the extended tubes), otherwise they come with the flush tubes.