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All around shell for a youth....2 3/4 dram, 1 1/8 oz #8 shot.....Modified choke is just fine for 16 yards....keep shooting, practice is more important right now than the gun, if it fits him correctly and he is handling the recoil.

If recoil becomes a problem, look into tame 1 oz loadings. NOT the hot sporting clays 1 oz loads.

Federal Top Gun Target loads are available in 1180 FPS one ounce loads.
 

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Many a youth shoot field grade 870's.....and shoot them better than some guys shoot their HIGH dollar guns. The kids just arent as pretty in the parking lot. You might want to look into an automatic for less felt recoil. You should be shooting light 1 1/8 oz loads with #8 shot. Remington has a good shell at 1145 fps. Stay with 1 1/8 oz if he can handle the recoil. My theory is more pellets = more of a chance of a chip! A trap barrel has a tapered rib. If you look at the rib on your wingmaster you will see that the rib is the same height the entire length of the barrel. On a trap gun, the rib starts out high, and then is pretty well flat at the muzzle end. I hope this answers some of your questions.

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chances are the comb on the stock is way too low if its a standard field gun.
he needs to be able to put pressure on the comb with his face and chances are if he does that he's looking into the receiver of the gun and not over the barrel properly. Meadow Industries makes all kinds of stock heighteners with
velcro fasteners that are adjustable.
By building the comb of the stock up where he can put consistant pressure on with his face, his point of inpact and sight picture should not vary from shot to shot. Its a game of repetition, and it starts with consistant gun fit and mount for each shot.
good luck.
 
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