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small winter trap shoot.

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by eastbank, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. eastbank

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    today a small group of fellow trap shooters went out at 2:00 pm to the club and cleaned off some snow and had a good time, it was about 50 degrees with no wind and clear. one of out members shot a 25-25, but the rest of us didn,t do it. my best was 23-25, this was our first shoot this new year and was a very enjoyable time for all. with plenty LOST BIRD calls and ribbing with laughter.
     

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  2. 22250Rem

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    Looks like a good time was had by all. I'm itching to get out and bust a few birds. My club has a winter 5 stand league that began Jan. 17th and runs into about mid April. I'm regretting that I didn't sign up for it. I'm way out of practice and when I get back into it my initial scores are gonna reflect that but I'm only there for the fun of it, anyway. It'll probably be at least late April before I hit the sporting clays course again. Thanks for the photos; I haven't seen stuff like that since last summer. So what if there's snow on the ground?
     
  3. Random 8

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    Glad you got out there. Here in MN, several clubs hold open shooting on the weekend trap/skeet and a few leagues. In really cold weather they run a milk house heater in the trap house to keep the machinery working and the bird breakage to a minimum. Winter is usually when I get my vacations and concentrate on other things so I've never jumped on a winter league but will occasionally make a practice shoot. Coldest I've ever run was -5F on the line. Lots of guys had bloopers that day, even some factory ammo. I shoot my grouse load in winter, green dot with 1 1/8 in once fired Fed HP style cases and never had an issue other than keeping my fingers warm.

    Looks like a beautiful venue for trap shooting! Most of ours have been spoiled by housing developments and high shot fences.
     
  4. Armored farmer

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    Beautiful day
    Beautiful country
    Looks like fun
     
  5. eastbank

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    yes it was, we have a very tight active club. most members have known each other since high school and get along together, asshats don,t last very long. the clay games are open to the public at no extra cost, trap-3.50, SC-11.00, five stand - 5.00.
     

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  6. Random 8

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    Those are rock bottom prices, lower than the AT COST rate we give youth shooters. Wouldn't even cover the birds based on the financials at my club, and we buy in bulk. Enjoy while they last. If it were that cheap here, I'd shoot A LOT more clays!
     
  7. eastbank

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    three clubs go together and buy 21 skids at a time here. the plant that makes them is about 100 miles from here and we pick them up. we used to raise ringnecks here, but about 10 years ago we stopped and now use the building to store the birds in. we have trouble getting young people to shoot, we even offer a free round including shells and a borrowed shotgun. our oldest and youngest regular shooters are 83 and 31.
     
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  8. Random 8

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    Wish we could split problems. We have a BOOMING youth program here, but many are hindered by cost. We get a bulk rate on birds and ammo, but it's still expensive shipping on the clays from a distribution center. The club sponsors 5 per year, based on need and ability for the local high school team with a portion of shell money and a further reduced round fee. Funds are raised partially by a grant, partially from general revenue and partially by private donations. A few other shooters are partially sponsored by individuals who shoot adult league, and loaner shotguns are always freely offered. I sold my old 1100 to a pair of youth shooters to share for about half of fair market. One finished second at the State Meet last year with it, so it went to a good cause. Need to cultivate the youth! On the typical night, we have over a dozen under 16 (not counting nights dedicated to high school teams). About half of the top 10 in the running for top gun are under 30 in summer league.
     
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  9. SanRemo

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    Nice background. where are you located?
     
  10. eastbank

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    central pa., we have a 1000 yard range at another club close by.
     

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