Shot Trap doubles for the first time yesterday. Wow, what an experience!! It was fun. Didn't miss a first target, but missed quite a few of the second ones. Just sharing my experience, and can't wait to shoot more! Matt
It is addictive. The amount of time the first target takes determines the sucess of the second target. When you are 95%+ you will miss more targets. Now, go to the search function and put in the word doubles. There is days of reading to mix you up. Stand behind a good shooter(22 yd ln) and watch his gun from over his shoulder. Do not get discouraged. It may take 3000 rounds to get to where you feel that 10 hits is an expectation, not an anomoly. The best part about doubles is just when you think you got it........
I shot doubles for the first time sunday too and I didn't think I did so well, but I had 47 or so out of 100. I have only been shooting since December, so I guess that is not too bad. I don't have an over/under, I used a Remington 1100. It was sure a beautiful day on Sunday so that made it especially nice.
On Saturday I finally took the new shooters class I signed up for in January and they took us out to the clays field. I think I would like to try clays. I certainly had no problem hitting the targets that were coming at me since they were easier to see! lol
As the weather gets better I am liking this more and more!
Doubles is the most "fun" game in trap. If I had my way they would do away with singles and shoot caps and doubles only. Don't get discouraged. Too many people think you have to "shoot e'm fast". You have more time that you think to get on the second bird. Doubles is a blast! Most people love them after shooting them a couple of times. Since I'm not a great doubles shooter I won't offer advice on how to shoot them. I think you need to be putting 90 plus on the board to offer advice as a doubles expert and I am certainly not there, so I will say to do as mentioned above watch some good doubles shooters and see what works. Have fun!
All you (and myself for that matter) needs to remember is keep the gun swinging and shoot just below and ahead of the second target.
I probably get 98% of the first birds and always right out of the house, with just about every miss being the second bird - I have about an 85 average. But I know why I miss, and its because I shoot behind the second target by stopping the gun - this is especially true on posts 1 and 5.
sglfr45, by your post I see your not asking for advice but rather just your initiation to this discipline of shooting. I will give you however a couple items of referrence that may help you with the second shot.
First make sure your to the target before actually shooting! Would be helpers at local clubs may try getting you to believe that doubles have to be shot in a rythum pattern and each and every time a pair is called for and shot at, that it has to be the same speed of delivery. Shoot them as your skill level and experience allow. Speed will come with experience!
Second item is POI which is critical on the second shot as generally and especially new shooters tend to hurry themselves thinking the target is getting out of range (refference above statement) and thus it greatly helps in acquring the kill. Since your beginning a flat (ie 50/50 pattern to 60/40) will be more useful.
Finally, don't let yourself get "hung_up" on chokes and loads. The difference between .105 and .025 on first barrel makes little difference at the range the first shot is delivered. On the second shot, anything above .025 will generally suffice and for me I would tend to put more emphasis here on having enough choke since to be acurrate you will be slower on delivering this shot.