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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Mendel5, Mar 23, 2006.

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  1. Mendel5

    Mendel5 Member

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    After talking about it for years, and long after my wife finally agreed that it was the right thing to do, I bought my first firearm. It's a brand-spankin'-new Remington 870 Express with a 28-inch barrel, made specially just for my left-handed self. I've had it for more than a month now but haven't had the chance to go shooting, yet. But that may change this weekend. I bought 100 shells and plan on killing some free-range clay pigeons.

    I originally wanted to buy one strictly for self-defense purposes, but then it wouldn't be too effective shooting flying things, so I went with the longer barrel. I don't have a rifled barrel for slugs, but maybe if I decide to start hunting deer with it (can't hunt deer with anything else here in Indiana).

    Now for the question: When you go out shooting for fun with a shotgun, where do you go? Do you hit the range? Make friends with someone who lives out in the country and use their fields? Are there clubs where you can shoot clay pigeons, etc.? Also, as far as shooting clay, do you think the standard launcher is superior to someone using a hand launcher? Yes, I'm pretty new to this and have only been shooting in someone's field with a hand launcher.

    Thanks for such a great forum. I've learned a ton so far, and can't wait to learn more.
     
  2. ReadyontheRight

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    Congratulations! Great choice for a first gun.

    Maybe someone here will step up and suggest a good place to shoot clays in Indiana. If you can find a place where it's safe and legal, blasting away at clays flung by a hand-held thrower is pretty inexpensive and can be great fun.
     
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    kudu Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats on a good solid shotgun Mendel5. Depending where you are here in Indiana there are some fine skeet and trap ranges. I shoot mostly at Kosko Conservation in Warsaw. There is the St. Jo gun club north of Fort Wayne about 25 miles. Indiana Gun Club northeast of Indy in the Fishers area. Several small ones scattered throughout rural areas as well. If you're in my neighborhood let me know and I'll hook you up.
     
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    yep
    shoot at a range, learn teh games a bit, will help you get better instead of not understanding why you missed (i.e. you get teh same presentation)
    shooting things in a field is fun too though
    but sporting clays is addictive.
    shotguns on crack.
     
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    Congrats!

    Others addressed questions to which I agree.

    Re: slugs

    May I suggest you stay with a smoothbore bbl? Brenneke's are the bees knees, then again the 1 oz Foster [plain vanilla lead] nothing to sneeze at either.

    Keep your eyes open for a used bbl, be really great if a Turkey 21" bbl with chokes.
    Even a bbl someone fired with mud in the end and busted at muzzle. Have a gunsmith cut to > legal length - though I recommend at least 20" and I really like the 21" and 23" length.

    Short bbls are great for grouse, woodcock and other hunting apps too besides Serious Situation use.

    IME/IMO the rifled chokes provide equal if not better performance than a rifled bbl.

    Pellet loads do not do well at all from a rifled bbl - smoothbores offer a LOT more versatility. I mean out bird hunting with pellet loads with a deer season - just ease out the bird loads, slip a Brenneke slug in and good to go...

    BA/UU/R

    Steve
     
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  8. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Welcome, and enjoy. Now go shoot it.
     
  9. Bob F.

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    Dave: can't believe you didn't mention the 1oz loads!!!!!! Unless one has shot them, won't believe the difference in recoil vs. 1&1/8oz loads. Shop here had ESTATE Brand 1oz as cheap at Wally World's Win & Rem "Value Packs".
    Spaeking of which: I've gotta go get somemore!!

    Stay safe.
    Bob

    Oh, yeah, Mendel5: WELCOME!!
     
  10. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    OK, OK! Use light loads, Mendel.....

    Sheeesh.....
     
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