Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Gottcha, Jun 7, 2019.
They were only 4 others using pump shotguns at this event. I was also 1 of 3 people to hit all 8 rabbit targets.
first, good for you. the only short coming with any pump used in SC,s to me is only having only one choke to choose from on different stations, some courses have different ranges that may require more or less choke for that station. the same would go for a semi auto, but one of the best SC,s shooters I know uses a semi auto with a imp cyl quality choke and shoots in the high 40,s time after time. I shoot a browning o/u 12ga with one oz of #7.5 or# 8 shot and some times break into the low 40,s, but mostly shot into the high 30,s. the object for me is to have fun and if I do good that's a little iceing on the cake.
I do not like pumps for sporting because I always pull the gun off the target line when shucking the action - but that's just me.
As to only having one choke - nothing wrong with that, use a LM or M and you'll be good to go for any presentation; especially for those grins and giggles charity/corporate stuff, let alone the NSCA registered stuff. When I shoot my gas gun, it wears a LM for most of the stations; but I also carry a SK and a IM for those 1 or 2 where they are stupid close or stupid far.
I use a SxS double with fixed Imp/Imp and can scrape up a 40 every now and then.
If you take SC too seriously it is no fun so use what makes you happiest. I really like using this gun. Super light and fast and good all around for what I hunt. It’s pretty good at skeet too.
If you use what makes you happiest long enough, you will become pretty darn good with it.
I tried it for the first time this year, with a $200 Hatfield autoloader. I took first place, beating my boss, who has been shooting his $1800 Beretta Silver Pigeon for years. I honestly believe it was dumb luck on my part. Last year, before I knew about the company shoot, another guy took first with a Mossberg 500, his first time shooting clays, as well. It's not the arrow, it's the Indian. Or, in my case, chance. But yes, for me at least, the most important aspect of clays is to have fun.
I just went to have fun but doing good is icing on the cake as said above.
When I first started shooting sporting competitively, my goal was simple: Run at least one station, never get skunked on a station, and break at least 50/100. Now, it's still never get skunked on a station, but I want to run 1/3-1/2 of the stations and break at least 80/100 - not easy for an old wrong-handed blind guy, but even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and again!
My final score was 68/100. It took the first 3 stations to realize the free ammo they gave us was 200fps slower and lighter than I had been using. So I missed out on a solid 15 to 20 birds. It was all fun and I was with some great guys.
I'm glad this thread popped up........ Because I recently got a nice, older, Mossberg 500 20 ga. with C-lect choke to serve as my 15 yr. old step grand daughters introduction to busting clay birds. Wanted a 20 ga. because I was concerned about recoil and would have preferred a softer recoiling 20 ga. gas gun but this one came as part of a two gun deal that I couldn't refuse. Before I got a 12 ga. Browning Citori O/U my sporting clays gun was my old 12 ga. High Standard Flite King pump that's the smoothest, fastest pump I ever used. The slide is so effortless you can point the muzzle up 45 degrees, hit the slide release and the slide will fall back to fully open all by itself. I think that effortless pumping is what allows me to stay on target, as George P noted that sometimes shucking a pump action can throw you off. I'm hoping this 20 ga. Mossberg 500 works out well for her. Just as an entry level intro gun and not yet worried about fast doubles. Nice to know others are using them. Once school gets out this summer will be interesting.
I’ve used a Browning BPS 20 for SC quite a bit also and I found that with a bit of practice pumping the action on doubles will not throw you off point.
Skeet is a little bit faster and the pump action can be a disadvantage.
It needs to fit HER -since females tend to have longer necks, thinner facial features and smaller hands, stock fit is CRUCIAL.
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