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This question was asked by one of our TS.com members on another board and no one was able to give an answer. So...excuse me for hijacking your question but "curious minds want to know"

What is the advantage of a Single Barrel Trap Gun vs. and O/U Gun?

Who has the REAL answer?
 

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One less barrel to clean...duh!

For me it is a weight issue. I've had back surgery and the less weight I have to support out in front of my body the better.

I shoot a short (13 5/8 LOP) 32" BT-99.
 

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A friend of mine offered me this theory. The single barrel allows a longer barrel, therefore longer sight plane, without the weight that an o/u barrel of the same length would have. A longer sight plane is definitely an advantage in handicap shooting. FWIW. JM
 

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Personally I think they're a disadvantage simply because of the difference in barrel length's. I like to see the same picture. Having a o/u barrel shorter than a single for weight differences doesn't cut it for me.
 

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"What is the advantage of a Single Barrel Trap Gun vs. and O/U Gun?

Who has the REAL answer?"

First things first I don't think there is a REAL answer. If fifty shooters answer the question you will get more different answers than the same answers to the question. It is a matter of personal choice so it would seem.

If you shoot 300 targets at every shoot you attend(with the exception of championship singles or marathons)why would you lug an extra barrel to the line for two thirds of your target at every shoot?

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A Trigger Group that has less parts, single firing pin assembly, one less barrel to clean, one less fancy choke tube option, half the price on a wilkerson barrel job, one less barrel to port ( not my preference) in the lower end of the world, many of your single barrel guns have adjustable ribs vs their O/U counterparts ie: Browning XT unsingle vs XT O/U. some carry a more slender reciever which in turn can help the balance, the point and the swing of the gun.

Again, these are all simple thoughts, fact or fiction you decide.

what i will say though is we have a few game shooters with whom i shoot with quite a bit that are very succesful shooting O/U's. Generally these shooters will put two different shells in their gun, one thats a bit lighter and one thats a bit heavier for their back-up buddy shoots. This not only keeps the rhythem of everybody on but they have an "advantage" of having two different choke constrictions. It works for them i guess.

TB, The Boy
 

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I agree with you Inanhoe. Everyone has their reasons. For me there is less cross section therefor less subject to wind. It is amazing how much an O/U will catch wind.

Thereis also the subject of rib height. When I used to shoot my O/U Ishot the bottom barrel 99% of the time. On hot days the heat off the barrel would make it difficult to see the target. When I switched to an un-single that problem went away.

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Because they don't make double barrel semi-autos LOL.
 

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For all the guns i have tried and shot the single barrel will shoot a litlle high like 60/40 and the over under barrel that will be set for doubles will shoot the first barrel about 75/25 and the second shot 50/50
 

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I have introduced a lot of non-shooters to shooting -- especially a lot of European and Asian visitors who have no prior experience with a gun at all. Also, a lot of young people and ladies. Some would be initially fearful or apprehensive of a gun.

For these folks, a single-barrel trap gun with an improved-cylinder choke from Station Three with the trap machine locked in straight-aways is a great starting point.

I keep a few Browning BT-99 shotguns with a variety of LOP so we can always find one that fits within a minute or two.

There is nothing to do but point and squeeze. They are all hitting the target within a few shots.

They may never have another opportunity to shoot again in their lives, but that one happy experience on the trap range will be discussed again and again.

And some of them will take that experience and further develop it.

I have tried the same with over/unders, pumps, and semiautos. Clearly, the single shot works out the best for this specific role.


I do something similar with light-loaded single-action 45 pistols and single-shot rifles using steel pepper-poppers at ranges where one can almost not miss (but still safe with safety glasses and ear plugs). They all love to see the steel target fall.

Everyone insist on having their pictures made with the gun. They will be sharing those pictures with others for a long time.

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Hammer1, I wholeheartedly agree with your post and teaching techniques!

You first must hook them to keep them? You can catch more flies with honey than with hard HS too! (HS, Handicapped Shooting or the other kind?)

Since a fitted to you stock is really an important part of any shotgunning, one fitted stock to a combo reduces custom stock cost? Leo shoots the top barrel of his combo set for singles, doesn't seem to hurt his shooting much!

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I have a 32" double Beretta. I sold off my 34" single Beretta. I do not miss the single. I enjoyed them both, but using only the double made my life simpler. A set of Kolar tubes lets me shoot Sporting Clays with it also.
 

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i've had both, and for me an o/u is my prefered choice. one gun does it all. you just can't shoot doubles with a single, but you can shoot singles all day long. the best way to go if you can afford it is to buy a combo. at least this way the gun will feel the same wether you have the single or o/u installed. if the single has an adjustable rib, you can set it up to shoot the same as the o/u barrel.
 
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