Broke My Fast

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  1. kudu
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    Between work and life getting in the way, I haven't had a chance to get out and shoot since September last year. My club just reopened last week being shut down for the virus, most of the people who run it are volunteers in their 70's so I can't blame them for shutting down.

    So I met my shooting buddy there this morning, and we shot 3 rounds of skeet. I started off with a 23 with my Beretta and my buddy shot an 18 with a new gun, a 28 gauge Caeser Guerini he bought last fall and never shot yet. It was a lightly used gun with no sign of being shot. Very light at about six pounds, beautiful wood, not a target gun but would be a delight for bird hunting.

    Second round I shot his Guerini and ran a 25. He shot his regular Beretta and broke a 21. We had to wait for a while for another group of shooters to finish their round and we shot our third. I shot another straight 25 with my Beretta and he broke a 20.

    Club was getting busy so we called it a good day. I guess I did pretty well for not shooting for eight months with a 73.
     
  2. Cvans

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    I'll admit to knowing nothing about skeet. Were you hitting 25 for 25 thrown?
     
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    Congrats kudu. It sounds like you're right in the groove. You had better run with it!.
    Be careful.....you may wind up with a 28ga Guerini!
     
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    A full round of skeet is 25 birds thrown from two different houses or traps. Singles and doubles. Most skeet targets are within 25 yards with set trajectories and you shoot them from stations set in a semi-circle. Trap is more long range game with targets flying away from you on random patterns.
    25's are a perfect score, some people never run a straight round. Registered skeet competition is 100 birds of each gauge, 12, 20, 28, and .410 and a 100 doubles. Usually shot in a weekend. I did that for several years in the 90's. Find a club somewhere and give it a try.
     
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    About 4 years ago I handled a used sporting model at Indiana Gun Club. Beautiful target gun in 28 gauge with 32" barrels. Fit me perfectly, came right up looking crntered down the rib. They wanted $2700 which looking back I wish I would of broke out a credit card and bought it.
     
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    Here in Florida, gun clubs are considered "essential", so they never closed..........I shot 2 sporting tournaments today with my new to me Beretta DT-11..........still tweaking the stock and it showed with some poor scores; but coming from a Browning to a Beretta will take some time.........
     
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    Thanks for the explanation. I imagine that I will never shoot like you. Sounds like you have it nailed. :thumbup:
     
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    They are in Indiana also, but as I said, almost all the guys running the club are volunteers and most are in their 70's and a few 80+. So the board decided to close it for a couple months to hopefully not get any of their people exposed to the virus.
     
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    At several clubs, I am the young kid at 64........these guys want to shoot as much as they can for what time they have left. One of my friends is 86 and was shooting sporting clays on Saturday
     
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    i shot my first of the year 25-25 and a 23-25 with my 11-87 rem trap at our openning last sunday, we now have two clubs open now. and have two sporting clays comming up on the 13th-14th. boy am i ready, i,m going to load a flat of 12ga shells this afternoon. getting see a few friends i have not seen since the virus hit and catch up on how things are going.
     
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    Made it back out today early. Bright sun and 68 degrees. Broke a 23 on my first round again. Missed my first bird out of the house looking right at the sun and broke the rest on round two. Y 24. The sun is my excuse. :scrutiny:. Round three I was grinding them up all the way around. Last target looking at the sun I let it get away for another 24. That darn sun. :scrutiny:. That's my story and I am sticking to it.

    My shooting buddy was having a rough time on the mid station targets so I coached him through 25 more birds just on stations 3,4, and 5. He doesn't really have a starting form so I had him set up the same, time and again before he started to shoot his targets. Once he got a little bit used to the new starting points he started to consistently break birds. He left pretty pleased when we got done.
     
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    Just to add...

    As said, normal tournaments are 100 targets for each gauge plus 100 targets of doubles. They are four rounds of 25 targets (a box of shells per round). There are winners for each gauge and doubles plus a High Overall winner for all classes.

    Now a days, in the top classes of skeet, you have to shoot a perfect 100 just to get into the shoot-off for an attempt to win the class. Shoot offs are generally doubles at stations 3, 4 and 5.

    For each gauge, shooters are classified in to several different classes based on the averages of registered targets that they have shot. So, to be a lower class winner, you do not necessarily have to shoot a 100 straight. But, you may be in a shoot-off with another competitor that hits the same number of targets in regulation that you do.

    In any case, the holy grail for most skeet shooters is to run each round with 25 broken targets. In a round of skeet, on your first lost target, you re-shoot the lost target, a shot called your "option". If you hit the first 24 targets, your option is a second shot at Low 8 since Low 8 is the last target shot in the regular rotation.

    Hence, for a skeet shooter, "Happiness is two at low 8.":)
     
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  13. George P

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    One guy at my old club had his license plate say that: "2atlow8"; I knew what that meant............:thumbup:
     
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