Beretta Shotguns for Skeeting?


January 10, 2003, 09:19 PM
I ask for Beretta because I'm partial to the guns and the Winchester and other fine long guns are probably way too expensive. I'm female, standing at 5'2 " and weigh 115-120 depending on what I ate last and if I'm wearing sneakers!:D I'm interested in a gun for skeeting but don't know what to look at. I have a Class B in Massachusetts which limits me to a 9 and under capacity in a pistol. It states: TEN ROUNDS OR LESS OF AMMUNITION FOR FIREARMS OR RIFLES AND FEEDING DEVICES AND FIVE ROUNDS OR LESS FOR SHOTGUNS. You know, I've never been able to get the ten rounder gun in a pistol so I don't understand that part. If I CAN get a ten round gun, why won't they let me buy the full size 92? Anyway, I'm getting off the point here. What model gun should I look at for skeeting that will be gentle on the recoil and be allowed under my permit restrictions? Thanks in advance.:)

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January 10, 2003, 10:03 PM
ANY typical shotgun in a "sporting" configuration should come in under 5 rounds. By sporting I mean that it is not a shotgun designed for defensive purposes. The Beretta 391 is a darn nice shotgun, as is the 390. I don't think you should limit yourself to Beretta though, you should buy the one that fits you. Take a look at the 391 youth 20 gauge. For someone that is smaller it might just fit like a glove. I am 5'8" and 180 pounds and can shoot it easily although it is a tad small. Also keep in mind that a 20 gauge is no handicap at all at typical skeet ranges.

January 10, 2003, 11:25 PM
Agree with good advice above. FIT will be the key to good shooting, less fatigue, percieved recoil...

Any way to visit a skeet range and try a few? Those mentioned above are great, but don't overlook say a used earlier Beretta, or Rem 1100. Good Luck

Jim Watson
January 10, 2003, 11:31 PM

Vocabulary: There is no such word as "skeeting." The sport is Skeet; you "shoot skeet." Which is kind of strange, the word skeet is a variation of an old Scandinavian word for shoot. It was suggested in a 1926 contest for a new, catchy name for what had been known as "shooting around the clock" by Gertrude Hurlbutt. But that is the term in use. The targets are NOT "skeets," they are clay pigeons, or birds, or just targets.

There are other sports that use clay pigeons, trap and sporting clays. All are enjoyable, but you should pick one - probably either skeet or trap - and learn it thoroughly before moving on. Sporting clays is more challenging and varied; which means it is harder to do even if you know your way around with a shotgun and would be much harder to learn from scratch. It is also usually more expensive and slower paced.

Beretta makes excellent shotguns for all purposes. Probably better than anything in the Winchester lineup, these days. They are NOT cheaper... or less expensive.

H. is right. A Beretta 20 gauge youth model 391 might well fit your stature and will break skeet targets about as well as anything on the market. The 20 gauge will have less inherent recoil than a 12 gauge, and the gas operated action of the 391 will soften even that a good deal.

You will not have trouble with magazine capacity. Most sporting repeating shotguns hold either 5 or 3 shells. The five shot guns are normally plugged to hold ony 3 because that is the maximum allowed under Federal game law for migratory game like ducks and geese. Many state game laws follow the feds and hunters just leave the plugs in.

You only need two shots for skeet; a round of skeet is 25 targets, 17 shot as singles, 8 shot as doubles. And there are 25 shotgun shells in a box. Isn't that convenient?

As usual, I suggest you get to the local skeet club and see what is going on before you buy. You will get a lot of help and advice.

Dave McCracken
January 11, 2003, 06:18 AM
Welcome to the BB,M. The guys gave good advice. I strongly suggest starting off with a lesson or ten from a QUALIFIED instructor. Go to your local range and ask. Shooters are a friendly bunch on the whole and many will let you try a shot or two with their shotguns.Most good shooters though are NOT good instructors,though, so take their advice with a grain of salt.

Gas autos like the Remington 1100 and the various Berettas spread the kick out over a longer time and feel like they kick less, the downside is they tend to be heavier, and the weight's forward, making them a bit muzzle heavy. I taught many smaller folks like you to shoot when I instructed, and some of them went on to be very, very good.

And feel free to ask questions, it's a savvy and helpful bunch here....

January 11, 2003, 07:51 AM
I appreciate the advice. Obviously, in additon to not knowing anything about shotguns, I know next to nothing about skeeting. I always thought that's what they did on ships: a person gets ready, screams PULL!, a disk flies and they shoot. It is probably hard. I intend to look into it more to see what other things exist. At this time, I can't get a long gun anyway as I have to apply for one and take a course, which I may do at some point. I was just curious about what gun I'd be looking at but I'm not limiting myself to any long gun really, I just want a good gun that won't kill me trying to hold it and use it. I will naturally be sure to bring these issues up with my instructor when I go for the hunting course. Thank you everyone again for taking the time to explain this to me. :D

Dave McCracken
January 11, 2003, 12:46 PM
You're very welcome. A couple of suggestions..

Clay games fall into three divisions,Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays. In common, they're fun and great ways to develop expertise.

Jerry Meyer's Clay Target Handbook gives a nice run down on the various games. And the local library may have some good input under Dewey System 799. Research there, and some of the more technical of the floating threads here and on TFL will aid you greatly.


Jim Watson
January 11, 2003, 01:17 PM
Shooting clay pigeons off the fantail of a cruise ship is not Skeet, it is very watered down to be entertaining to the passengers. Not that you can't get a portable trap and a box of targets and do that sort of thing in a pasture somewhere; that is widely done. But it isn't Skeet.

Skeet is a standardized course of fire, shot on a standardized field. Here is one of many websites that describe the history and procedures for Skeet.

Don't be intimidated by all the detail. A good coach will walk you through it one station, one target at a time. As the old-timer said; the targets are not hard to hit, just easy to miss.

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