Shooting clay pigeons on turkey day

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  1. norton

    norton

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    After gorging on the good food, I will be taking my adult son, my nephew and great nephew out to the gun range for a little clay busting.
    I have one of those Trius target throwers you step down on to launch the birds. It looks like this.

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    they range from experienced to never shot clay pigeons before. The youngest is 20, the other two in their mid 30's.
    Last year I took them pistol shooting at the range, but this year they opted for busting clays.
    I have available
    A single barrel topper 12 gauge
    An Ithaca model 37 12
    A Remington competition Master 12-auto loader
    And a Remington Mohawk auto loader 12.
    I will probably only take a couple. I make the guys shoot one at a time, only one gun loaded with one round.
    Which two would you choose?
     
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    Have them take a couple shots first at a stationary target whatever gun you choose. Make sure they get their cheek down on the comb of the stock. Tell them not to look at the "sight" of the shotgun, but just at the target.

    I've taken several "newbs" out to the pit to shoot clays, and find it takes about a box of ammo before they start hitting...but the cheek down and then no peek has been my mantra. It's fun to see someone go from discouraged to dusting them pretty regularly. Hardest to train is someone who's a good rifle shot and has good eyes.

    Edited to add:
    Would not recommend a pump or auto for first time shooting clays. Double barrel is simpler.


    It took me a while to learn by myself, but it's almost boring now to shoot clays at the pit when I'm stomping on the thrower.
     
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  3. GoetzTalon

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    I'd take the model 37 only because that's what I was taught on back in the 70's. Have fun and be safe!
     
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    I would take the Ithaca pump and buy some reduced recoil shells. The reduced recoil shells may not cycle the semi-autos but I’d take one anyway and use some 1 oz. shells. I would also take a 20 gauge if I could borrow one for the inexperienced.
     
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    I love busting clays! I'm spoiled as my club has sporting clays, 5 stand, trap and skeet. For me these days sporting clays is the most fun I can have with my clothes on!
    The Rem competition master would be the first I'd grab. Great shotgun! My shoulders are a mess and I can't deal with any non autos. That topper must kick like a mule. They're young, they'll get over it.
     
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    Light or ultra light Trap Loads. One shell at a time.
     
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    BTW, the Ithaca may not have a trigger disconnect. If the trigger is held down as another round is chambered, it will fire again. You may want to single load.
    I saw a guy nearly blow his foot off from carelessness.
     
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    Hmm, not sure which I would pick.
     
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    It will slam fire. It belonged to my grandfather who died in 1962.
     
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    Have them shoot the single shot and tell them it's a BT-99...
     
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    I would suggest the auto with one shell at a time. It will be softer shooting.

    Definitely shoot stationary clays first.

    I disagree with the suggestion of not looking at the sights.

    Explained the correct sight picture. Solid bar for the rail (Not a hill) and the front bead.

    I use a 20 gauge auto to teach people how to bust clays.

    For the thrower put it at the flattest trajectory. So the clays just go straight out with out a lot of up and down motion.
     
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    Keep the suggestions coming.
     
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    I would have each shoot the gun that fits them best. They will enjoy it most and do best with that gun.

    If you have any doubts how to tell what fits best, there are probably 50 YouTube videos on that subject.

    After they get the gun that fits best, teach them about the mount and maybe practice it a little before going live. A repeatable mount is also really important.
     
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