Trap ammo for 12 gauge

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Kentguy, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Greetings everyone,

    This past summer my son and I started shooting trap and our local range. Now I haven't done this since I was a kid (about the time the last dinosaurs were dying off) :whistling:

    Anyway I have a 12 gauge Winchester model 1300, something like this;

    I was wondering what ammo would recommend for a couple of guys who are just starting out. We have been using Federal "Target Load" 12 gauge - 2 3/4 Dram Eq. - 1 1/8 oz. shot - 8 shot.

    Now this stuff seems to work just fine - It's my aim that is rather rusty! Do you folks have any other recommendation for ammo that you prefer?

    Let me know... thanks

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  3. jr05

    I really enjoy Remington Gun clubs. Keep an eye out at Dick's Sporting Goods or similar and you should be able to get them for under $5 per box.

    Nothing wrong with the Federal Top Guns either, I have used a lot of those as well.

    I would say shoot whatever is cheap. Practice is going to do a lot more good than ammo. As long as your gun feeds it, it is good to go. Enjoy the new addiction. You should give skeet a try if you have that in your area as well.

  4. dkf


    What you are using will work. Experimenting with chokes is a good idea also. Back when I was shooting a lot of trap I loaded my own with 1 1/8oz of of 7 1/2 shot.
  5. Since your starting out shoot the cheap stuff and most of the time the clubs have some of the best prices. I watch the adds and buy when it's on sale and bulk 5 to 6 dollars a box around here
  6. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Where I used to shoot, they sold #9 shot, "Trap and Skeet" loads. They also sold #8 shot, "Dove and Quail" loads for much less money and that was all I used.
  7. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    The last shoot I went to I shot Rio 7.5's. Several people were shooting my 1187 20g and it got 500+ rds through it and the gun cycled great with the Rio. They are clean and have good rims for good ejection.

    If I couldn't have Rio I'd shoot Winchester AA's. I gave up cheap shotshells a long time ago. Inconsistent patterns, dirty and ejection/cycling problems.

    I buy the Rio by the case at a local shop for $5 a box.

    Cheap shells can choke a pump as well.
  8. Hi Kentguy
    The single most important thing with a shotgun is to make sure the gun fits you. Shotguns lack a rear sight; it is the fit of the gun to the shooter that becomes the rear sight. Once you have a good stock fit, misses are mostly on the shooter (more shooting practice). Ammunition has a relatively minor effect. If you don't get a good gun fit, the shotgun will not hit where you are pointing it and no amount of practice will fix that. I would buy the ammunition with the best price, given it has the right shot size (Most clay shooting sports ranges specify the largest permitted shot size).
    #7 shyguy, Nov 12, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  9. ShyGuy,

    Thanks good advice. :thumbsup:
  10. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Is no. 8 shot 12 gauge.
  11. SCmasterblaster,
    Yes you can get 8 shot in 12 gauge, right now I am using Federal brand "Target Load" 8 shot shells.

    From what I gather from reading and asking other shooters you can shoot Trap with anything from 7 1/2 to 9 shot loads. I bought some 8 shot because it was in the mid range not because it was preferred by those who shoot Trap all the time.
  12. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    I shoot trap every Thursday in the VT non-winter months (6 months).
  13. SCmasterblaster... "Is no. 8 shot 12 gauge."

    Sorry I must have misunderstood your question/comment.

    What brand/type of shell were you using?
  14. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Federal, for sure. And I use a full choke in my Mossberg M500 for trap shooting.

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