Advice for a first-time skeet shooter?


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1KPerDay
October 11, 2006, 02:49 PM
I've busted thousands of hand-thrown clays, but never actually went to a "skeet" range with fast crossing shots, etc. I'm going to some company fundraiser thing or something today at a skeet range... any advice?:uhoh:

I've never been that good at crossing shots. Guess it's time to learn.:D

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TX1911fan
October 11, 2006, 05:13 PM
I'm not an expert, but I have found I'm much better when I shoot sooner rather than later, when I let instinct take over, instead of thinking the shot, and when I follow through rather than stopping my movement once I pull the trigger. Good luck and have fun. It's addicting.

1KPerDay
October 11, 2006, 05:33 PM
Thanks. :cool: So it's Aim, not Point, right?



:D

j/k

TaxPhd
October 11, 2006, 06:34 PM
On stations 3-5, you will probably have to lead a lot more than you think you need to. 7 low is a gimmee, but if you miss, you have to buy the beer. :D On station 8, you hesitate and you lose. DON'T turn around to try a going away shot!!

Good luck!




Scott

Steve C
October 11, 2006, 07:37 PM
You'll want to use the most open choke you have, improved cyl choke or skeet choke for skeet. For trap you'll want to use a modified or full choke.

IDriveB5
October 11, 2006, 07:40 PM
Dont think too much.

Scratch that. Dont think. At all.

springmom
October 11, 2006, 07:59 PM
I was on the range today practicing trap for the 3rd time ever. And it finally occurred to me that this is the best advice I can follow. I find myself thinking "am I leaning back? am I closing one eye? do I have the gun seated right against the shoulder? yadda yadda yadda". When I just DO it, yes, sometimes I miss, especially when I over-lead and then overcompensate and THEN pull the trigger :banghead: but I'm still learning.

Springmom

RKellogg
October 11, 2006, 10:06 PM
When I first started shooting skeet . One of the old timers gave me advice .

#1 : When the bird comes out of the house , shoot it .:D

mswestfall
October 11, 2006, 10:20 PM
You can:
1)"spot" shoot by picking a spot where the bird will be and pull the trigger.
2) obtain a "constant lead" and then pull the trigger.
Or 3) start off behind the bird, accelerate and "pass through" the bird then pull the trigger. The acceleration will create the lead necessary.

I personally recommend number 3. Most shooters do best with this method.

Will Fennell
October 12, 2006, 02:32 AM
Focus onthe target HARDER....focus on the gun less.

Have a good time....the rest will take care of itself:)

1KPerDay
October 12, 2006, 03:08 AM
Well it turns out it was TRAP shooting, which I'm reasonably good at, despite the fact that it was near dark and all the guns were skeet guns choked IC. I hit 12 of 15, and the guy was pulling them about 3 every two seconds to get all the teams through the rotation. I hit two birds one handed (holding the Browning gold to my shoulder with my left/trigger hand and attempting to cram more shells in with my right). LOL

They also combined that score with 10 shots pn a 6-inch bullseye from 50 yards offhand with a .22 rifle (scoped; I hit 5 of 10... high winds kept blowing me off target just as I pressed the trigger :rolleyes: ) and 10 shots offhand from 25? yards with a .22 pistol (an embarrassing 1 of 10, despite my usual good performance with handguns). The pistol had a red dot scope/sight and I guess I'm not used to them, because I felt like I was center target every time I pulled the trigger. I was dumbfounded.:confused:

Thanks for the advice. It was total chaos by the time I got to shoot trap but it was fun anyway.:)

ryan56507@msn.com
October 12, 2006, 11:00 PM
Dont think too much.

Scratch that. Dont think. At all.
Yep, just keep yur cheeck on the butt and watch the bird so closely you can count the dimples, then watch it turn to dust

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