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Mid level shotgun for skeet, trap , sporting clays?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by 20South, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. 20South

    20South

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent mid tier shotgun for Skeet, Trap, and the occasional Sporting Clay? I have two shotguns currently, one is a Beretta 391 which I love and use for everything from ducks to sporting clays - and then a Rem 870. The reason I am asking is that I have an "opportunity" to "win" this shotgun at a charity event auction for my son's school. There is a friend of mine that is running the auction and he is going to go buy it and donate it for the cause. I already committed to being the winning bid unless it got out of control. Beats the heck out of just writing a check! Thanks in advance!
     
  2. texanredraider

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    It's tough for me to give a mid range since the trap & skeet guns get pretty expensive. If you're going for more of a field/range gun, I would say a nice shotgun for the money would be something like a Browning Citori or a nice Remington 1100.
     

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    Hands down...Browning Citori
     
  4. 20South

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    I figured it was going to be about a 2k commitment. I know what you mean about those guns getting steep. If I am going to drop 4k on a gun its going to have a B M and G in the caliber.
     
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    Check out Lanber http://www.lanberusa.com/. They are Spanish made and are nice guns I own a 2087 28" o/u i use for trap and the field.
     
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    i know what you mean about the price at my skeet field we have a mix of autos or o/u.

    if i didn't have the money for a o/u i'd look into getting a good auto shotgun. as strange as it sounds the Benelli auto i used really adsorbs some recoil that was throwing off my shots when i was using a pump
     
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  7. 20South

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    Just looked through them, those are definately nice - but start to get pricey in a hurry. Is there a reason many of the competitive guns are 30"? Is it just for longer sight pic?
     
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    I am no good at shooting but I keep trying. We bought a Browning Citori and it shoots a lot better than I do.
     
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    Trap and skeet use very different guns. Trap has longer barrels higher comb and tighter chokes. For a gun that can do all three you are looking for an average hunting gun. Competition guns are very specialized. One to do all is like asking for one car to race the Indie 500 and the Baja 500.
     
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    Partially, although it's more about swing than anything else.

    You want a gun for everything (at least according to the OP). In that case you need to walk away from the Competition guns; they're built to do one thing only. You will severly handicap yourself using a competition gun for all three sports.

    The best compromise will be the "sporting clays" gun, although a standard field will work just as well provided it fits you.

    Don't buy an "upscale" O/U, buy a lower tier one and have it fitted. Then go fet some lessons. The money will be well spent.

    For all three games your best bet will be a 28" barrel. 30" is slower to turn, although it gives great follow through. 26" is very fast to change direction but can be too quick. Ballistics from all three are to close to make a difference.

    Get interchangable chokes. You need 5 minimum (which means you'll need to buy extras). 1 each skeet, I/C, MOD, I/M, and Full. That will allow the maximum flexibility for all the games.
     
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    Look around I got my Citori used for $700
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  12. Javelin

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    Where do you get a used Citori for $700? :dunno:
     
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    no joke, i want to know too
     
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    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    There's no "one size fits all" for your requirements. Different applications require different guns.


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    Excellent explanation and analogies.
     
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    Thanks for all of your responses guys. I talked to the donor today and he is thinking Ruger Red Label. I have zero experience with Ruger shotguns. I do not even know anyone with one. Anyone have any thoughts on the Ruger vs. Citori?
     
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    I'd choose Citori over Ruger because it is a better choice for me. Everyone is different. Go to a store and hold a bunch, try bringing the each shotgun up several times. Which one naturally points and aligns for you, which one just feels right. That makes a good starting point, then get the shotgun fitted to you.

    Trap & skeet are different games. There is no one best gun, that is why so many of us have more than shotgun. :supergrin:

    A plain old 870 can work fine for trap, but takes practice for the doubles. However, there is an older gentleman I know who has no handicap using an older Ithica pump, and he also shoots a very respectable skeet with that same gun.

    For a 2k budget, look at Browning, Beretta, and Ruger. Find the one that works best for you. BTW, if you can, find a field that rents or see if you can try someones out at a club shoot. Just a few suggestions.
     
  19. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    Beretta White Onyx or a little less, a Black Wing if you can find one. Both under $2K, bot have the Beretta 686 action, one of the best made.

    Forget the Ruger. They are less expensive but have cast receivers.
     
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    Longer sight plain and better balance with swinging.