trap and skeet


March 12, 2006, 12:37 AM
Just wondering if my old wingmaster 870 can be modifided into a skeet and trap gun?
Just got into the sport, and enjoying in hear in AR. I have a 30inc barrel and it is a pump,,
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March 12, 2006, 12:41 AM
Well, as far as I can tell, the only thing holding you back from skeet would be if it has a full choke in it, or removable chokes at all! Pumps work great for trap, and if you get used to it you won't even notice when you need to pump for the doubles on skeet. If it has a fixed mod. or full choke it's all set for trap. I got my first 50-straight in trap with an 1100 with a no-rib full choked 30" barrel that patterns more like an extra-full!

Dave McCracken
March 12, 2006, 10:28 AM

While my skeet scores reek, that's more to do with shooting little of it, not my 870s.

As for trap, I regularly score better than folks with higher priced guns.

A Remchoked, vent rib barrel is a darn good addition With Skeet,Mod and/or Full choke, you can switch for either game.

Wait until you try wobble, heh,heh,heh.....

March 12, 2006, 11:22 AM
Like Dave said, no problem shooting Trap. A Rem 870 is a great base gun to build on. But a replacement stock from Wenig (, go to Styles and read what they say about teh New American style stock. It's great for Trap once you remove all the extra wood, finish it, have it cut to fit and add a Pachmyer Decelerator. Or, just buy a high comb Remington Trap stock ( Definitely get a Remchoke barrel if you don't have one. I like the 30" light contour (LC) barrel, you may prefer 28" or 26", but the 30" swings better. Then look to extended choke tubes and you're all set.

It works for Skeet too, just remember to rack the slide :rolleyes: while you're swinging for the second shot. I've done it and got the doubles, but then I picked up a Browning O/U for Skeet.

March 12, 2006, 09:42 PM
Wingmasters are wonderful wobble guns. My first two 25's were wobble with a bone-stock 28" 870 Express wood.

You can use the gun as-is, or just mess around with raising the comb. There are inexpensive products that let you do this relatively neatly. Or, you can get a lace-on raised comb for trap from the usual suspects (Cabela's, etc.) and take it off for skeet.

Does the gun have a vent rib?

And new barrels, stocks, etc. are readily available. Sometimes they're not even too expensive. :)

March 13, 2006, 01:14 AM
Okay dont let people tell you, you aren't competitive with a 870 pump be it an Express or Wingmaster.
I have been competing only with my 870 express for the last 6 months give or take a month or 2.

So far this year.

4th in National 5 stand comp,
3rd in National English Sporting comp,
1st in A grade at National sporting comp,
HOA Handicapped Skeet National,
HOA in 2 other non registered shoots.

My Fitasc scores are not good.

People mocked me when i first pulled it out and yes i still fail to shuck it proper and it costs me the odd target,
I luv it when people say what are you doing with that POS.
Shoot what you like, just shoot where you look!:)

March 13, 2006, 12:20 PM
Alot of people use 'shuck-o-matics' for trap and skeet. The only thing you would maybe want to do is get a shorter barrel with the Remckoke, and buy a skeet choke for it.
It is not what you have for a gun that makes you a great shot, it is how you shoot that makes you a great shot.

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