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12ga skeet league with a 20ga?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Mamertine, Mar 9, 2013.

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  1. Mamertine

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    I've been in a trap league for a few years and I am considering also doing skeet this year. I don't own a dedicated skeet gun, but I think I can borrow a 20 gauge dedicated skeet gun. I went to sign up and they only offer skeet league in 12, 28, and .410. It's a friendly league and while I haven't asked yet I doubt anyone would care that I'm shooting a 20ga in 12ga league.

    That said how much of a disadvantage will I be at? I'm quite the novice at skeet, shooting it once a year or so for the past 4 years.
     
  2. Virginian

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    Based on the results of those who are experts, the difference is well under 1% if memory serves. Since I am unlikely to compete for the big money, I shoot a 20 at most all clay sports except handicap trap. I am in it for fun, and a 20 is more fun to me.
     
  3. jaysouth

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    Your fellow sheet shooters wild be delighted because most of them think you are at a disadvantage with a puny 12 ga. It ain't the bow, it ain't the arrow, it's the injun concentrating on the task at hand. Good form, focused practice and good co-ordination are more important than 1/8th ounce of shot.

    Lots of champions practice with 28 ga tubes in their skeet guns with very good result.
     
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    When I shot registered skeet, my highest average was with the 28 gauge, followed by the 20 gauge. Most skeet shooters will use the 20 gauge in competition. Probably over half the good shooters i shot with did this very thing.
     
  5. John3921

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    Because of tube sets there are a lot of skeet guys that shoot the 20 in the 12 gauge events.

    Not a problem.
     
  6. AnthonyRSS

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    Statistically 20ga isn't a handicap in skeet. Lots of guys shoot 7/8oz loads in 12ga for skeet with no ill effects.
     
  7. Mamertine

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    Thanks for the info guys. I shot an email to one of the board members, but I can't see them taking any issue there.

    I'm getting stoked for some new shotgunning fun.
     
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    My scores don't change between 12 and 28, so you should have no problems with the 20.
     
  9. cfullgraf

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    When I shot competitive skeet, my 20 gauge average was higher than my 12 ga average. The last couple seasons that I participated in, I shot 20 ga in the 12 ga events. I was using a tubed over/under and I could never get my gun without tubes to swing like it did with tubes in it.
     
  10. cfullgraf

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    Unless the rules have changed for skeet, you can shoot any gauge in any event as long as it is the same or smaller than the event gauge.

    But, it has been 15 years since I competed.
     
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    >>Unless the rules have changed for skeet, you can shoot any gauge in any event as long as it is the same or smaller than the event gauge.<<

    Exactly, it's not as though you're bringing a 12 ga. to a .410 match.
     
  12. TonyT

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    I use either 3/4 or 7/8 oz of shot in my 12 ga skeet loads. The 20 ga would not be at any real disadvantage.
     
  13. Mamertine

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    I got an email back, the boss said "No problem". I'll mail the registration in tomorrow.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  14. cfullgraf

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    Have fun!
     
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    It may be an advantage. My 20 and 28 points a lot better than either of my 12's. Both are lighter and better balanced.
     
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