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What is the best Sporting Clay Range Bag

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by i-SHOT2, May 7, 2004.

  1. i-SHOT2

    i-SHOT2 New Member

    Apr 14, 2004
    I'm getting into trap shooting after years on only pistol shooting. I have a collection of accessories for pistols and I'm looking to start a new "collection" for shotguns.

    What range bags do most people use to transport all the "tools" needed for trap / skeet / sporting clays. I've read some posts about 5gal buckets and tool boxes. Are there any good "production" range bags specifically for shotgun use?

    What characteristics to you like? What do you hate? What has lasted you the longest?

  2. PJR

    PJR Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    I have tried three different bags, a Browning, a Beretta and a Boyt.

    The Browning was squarish and only had one accessory pocket. What was nice was the expandable pouch for empty hulls. It held 8 boxes of shells very comfortably.

    The Beretta is a larger bag which is made by Wild Hare. It has enough room for a flat of shells, various pockets for all accessories and a water bottle holder. It's almost too big and a little cumbersome for hauling on a sporting clays range.

    The one I like is the Boyt that was a tournament prize at a sporting shoot. It carries enough shells for a round of sporting. I can get 8 into the main compartment, has lots of pockets for chokes and things and has inside pockets with velcro for storing shooting glasses and other accessories. It is a little smaller than the Beretta and easier to use on the course.

  3. kudu
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    kudu Senior Member

    Jul 17, 2003
    north central indiana
    I have an old Bob Allen sporting clay bag that is 15 years old. It was sold by Dunn's but I don't know if they are still in business. It holds eight boxes of shells with a large front pocket and two nice size side pockets. When its full it is plenty to carry around a sporting clays course. It has been one of the most durable shooting bags I have ever had.

    edit to add

    found dunns web page and the bag

  4. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    I still use the 10X Range Bag I was given back in '84 with a matching belt and shellpouch.

    Holds 8 boxed 12 ga. in main compartment which is lined with a hard removable liner. With two more compartments in front. These have side flaps that fold over with velcro, the top flap folds over the two inner compartments. Exterior front compartment has it's own velcro closure. ne side pocket that is the size of / allows for cased shooting glasses.

    Ballistic nylon. Similar to what kudu posted a link to.

    I really liked the old LLBean Leather one I had forever, with matching belt and shell pouch. Older it got the better it became, character.
    Stolen at a tourney out of town from a fella's RV.
  5. TrapperReady

    TrapperReady Senior Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    I use and like the Beretta bag mentioned by PJR. I don't find the actual size of the bag to be cumbersome... but rather the amount of junk that tends to accumulate inside. If I take a few minutes before heading to the range and cull the excess gear (like my cold-weather gloves and handwarmers -- in the middle of August), it's just fine.

    Frankly, I do like the water-bottle pouch, but I tend to use it for bug repellent and hearing-pro. If it had it's own fold-out mesh pouch for spent shells, I'd consider it just about perfect.
  6. Whole Hog

    Whole Hog Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Greetings to all, this is my first post in the Shotgun forum.

    I use a Bucket Boss Gatemouth tool bag in combination with a three compartment Bob Allen belt pouch, and can easily carry everything I need. The interior of the tool bag is lined with small pockets and it has a hard bottom. It even comes in a nice tan/green color combination.

  7. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    at the center of my own little universe
    Besides my half vest with the shell pouches and hull bag I use a 5 gal square kitty litter bucket with a piece of pipe insulation for extra some handle cushion. Its a really classy rig and folks assume I am a sponsored shooter for TEAM SKOOP-AWAY!

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