It is a great shotgun sport! I love to shoot the small bore events at the major sporting clays tournaments. It can get quite expensive & it's very addictive but it's a lot of fun & challenge at the same time!
Take everything from Skeet 1 to Modified. That is if you are going to use a 12 ga. I very rarely change choke tubes. I switch from Skeet 1 to I/C if I have a long shot(35 yards or better). You will want to try out what works best for you.
The one thing that you will learn from sporting clays is how over choked most everyone is at trap!
i did so poor in sporting clays it made my trap scores look easy. i broke a 50 straight tonight in trap. perhaps shooting clays had something to do with my scores tonight. the truth is i broke 48 out of 100 in sporting clays yesterday. what a difference in sports. lol
gunnertom, You will really love Quail Creek. I have shoot there about a dozen or so times. The place is very nice,as well as the people who run it. 14 stations with water at every other. You can rent carts as well. Call in advance for a shoot time with cart. I use I/C chokes for the red course and light Mod for the blue. For the first few times try the red course first. Have two different 5 stands as well. If you go on the weekends I highly recommend the barbacued food that a local cooks up for the shooters its great. If you like shooting, you'll have a great time. Break-em all. Jeff
I shot registered sporting for ten years. I came back to trap and now only shoot small 50 bird benefit shoots once in awhile just for fun with friends. Sporting (IMO) can't yet be taken seriously as a competitive sport. The actual shooting part of sporting clays is fun, but there are numerous downsides to the sport as it stands today. The people are different, many being new to shooting, snooty, unsafe, don't or never hunted, etc etc. They are equipment freaks, suckers for every gimmick and gizmo known to mankind, many having (and using) all of their 12 choke tubes on a course where everything can be shot with one choke. The shooters have little to no control over their sport. Sporting is basically run by the shooting industry and the range owners. Prices are way out of control and the willing sheep are gouged at the larger shoots. Target costs are the highest and winnings are the lowest of all of the shotgun sports by wide margins. Cheating is commonplace and rarely addressed in any meaningful way. The classification system keeps changing and is unfair.
Sporting is still fun to shoot for "shits and giggles", but that's where it stops.