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Confused about which one.

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by doc2rn, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    Well I went with a bud to the trap shooting place today. Right out of the hole the charging handle started flying off my Rem Sportman 48. Rather odd as I had just taken it all the way down and cleaned it really good. If there are any ideas about this please chime in.
    Now for the meat of the thing, I was shooting my buddies Stoeger SxS .20g and went from a 43 last time to a 63 this time. Instead of shooting 160 rds like last time I only shot 110. So my question is should I change platforms?
    Dont get me wrong the Rem is a keeper but why did I improve so much?

    On a side note I found that buying reload components from the club is 50% cheaper than buying them in town from a gunstore. Is this normal?
  2. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Maybe. But it could be that switching to the lighter gun just improved your awareness of what you were doing or something. 20 Gauge SxS guns aren't exactly meant for trap, but you can't argue with broken clays.

    Often, yes. Gun stores seem to be the worst place to buy reloading components, in general. Of course, there are exceptions.
  3. Der Verge

    Der Verge Well-Known Member

    While it is hard to argue with broken birds, typically, SXS shotguns are the hardest to shoot well in trap. They tend to be shorter, lighter, and better balanced than most single barrels (except the break open type). Longer guns give you a better natural "accuracy", heavier guns help swing themselves, and so does a heavier muzzle end.

    If you were going to switch platforms, I would go with an over/under. Either way you go, O/U or SXS, I would definitely get one of much higher quality. I had an uplander. While in the middle of box of shells #2, it began the practice of not firing the second barrel. Shortest amount of time I have owned ANY firearm.
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    Were you by any chance cleaning another Remington autoloader at the same time? The charging/bolt handles look a lot alike, but they are not. I have an 1100 handle lying soomewhere in a field in Virginia that is proof of that. Some are held in by a spring loaded ball that fits in a dimple on the flat, the later ones had a dimple on the rear edge, and a ball in the different spot.
    Don't jump too fast. Next round the SxS may hit 23 instead of 63. But, if it is consistently better, I say shoot it. I would shoot a 2x4 with a piece of pipe wired to it if I could shoot it better.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2008
  5. gp911

    gp911 Well-Known Member

    Rule #1 Never compete with a clean gun...

    Ask sm about that one... ;)

  6. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    The dimple is in the center of the charging handle, and this is the only semi-auto shotgun I own.
  7. mike_w

    mike_w New Member

    From what i read in score better at trap and skeet, it says something along the lines of don't be surprised if you score better by shooting another gun it is usually cause by concentrating more
    due to that not being the gun you normally go to. i would quote it but i am not walking out to my truck right now ;)

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