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Trap with a Winchester 1300?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by UKWildcatFan, Nov 18, 2012.

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  1. UKWildcatFan

    UKWildcatFan Member

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    Hello, my father just picked up this shotgun for $200, and I want to shoot it tomorrow. Though not ideal, would this be ok to take to the trap station? What loads would you suggest?

    Thx.
     
  2. Milkmaster

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    Absolutely it will work! That 1300 will do the trick, although it IS a lighter weight pump gun. Lighter weight will make the recoil a little more robust for the shooter. Get the lightest target loads you can find. You didn't say but I am assuming it is a 12ga? Something like 7/8 or 1 oz will make it easier on you. I happen to use the 11/8oz bargain boxes of 100 by Federal from walmart. That might be a little hot for a couple hundred shots in a day.

    Get a lighter load if you can find them and good luck! Let us know how it turns out :)
     
  3. UKWildcatFan

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    Thank you, sir. Yes, she's a 12ga. Finally, a nice response without sarcasm and negative vibe. Have a nice evening, and I'll let you know how she performs.
     
  4. Sock Puppet

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    No problem at all! Happy shooting!
     
  5. Hunterdad

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    Not sure if it has a fixed choke or not, but I like full choke for trap and wouldn't shoot anything more "open" than a modified. Regardless....try it and have fun!
     
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    If it fits you well, it should not pose too much issue with 1oz trap loads before the light weight wears on you, but for grins and giggles, it should do fine. IF you are going to make trap your game, you will eventually want something a little better suited to that role
     
  7. UKWildcatFan

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    Well, I functioned well. However the birds are surely safe above me. They could hover over me, and raise their kids without threat of getting hit. Haha. Hey, but I had fun. Going back tomorrow with my buddy, in fact.
     
  8. Milkmaster

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    Congratulations!

    Here is a stern warning! Clay sports can be habit forming and cause an increase in friendship and comradery! Clay sports can also cause an increase in spending related to shotguns and ammo. Some have experienced an increase in white lies or have downplayed the expense of some firearm costs told to the spouse.

    It's a jungle out there! Be careful and have a lot of fun :)
     
  9. ChooChoo

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    UKWildcatFan - I’m a fairly solid skeet shooter 94//100 avg.) and I didn’t do so well my first time out at trap. Trap as you probably found out is all rising birds (clays) and if you are using a field gun and don’t take this into account you’ll have some dismal scores.

    Trap guns are regulated so that the bird is always visible on the front sight as it rises. If you shoot a field gun that way you won’t do so well.

    Bill Parsons, a trap shooting champion, noticed my disgust on my first round (17/25) at his range in Montgomery County, Alabama. He told me that since I was shooting a field gun that I should blot out the bird with my barrel as I was passing through the trajectory and pull the trigger at that instant - AND KEEP THE GUN MOVING.

    The round following that advice was good for a 23/25 -- grins all around.

    A one ounce load of 7 1/2 shot should give you reasonable performance at the 16 yard line.
     
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  10. UKWildcatFan

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    Good stuff, folks. I appreciate it.

    I'll focus on shooting that way tomorrow and let you know how I did.
     
  11. Sauer Grapes

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    Clay birds are not hard to hit, they're just easy to miss.....lol Keep at, it gets better.
     
  12. UKWildcatFan

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    I did a bit better. I posted a 12, then 14, then a horrible 10. Hey, but I had a good time, as always.
     
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    If you have a gun that requires you to cover the bird with the barrel (i.e. a non-trap gun), it's really important to remember to keep your head down. The tendency is to pick your head up at the last second so as to see over the barrel to the bird. You're pretty much guaranteed to miss if you do that.

    As ChooChoo said, keep your head down and keep the gun moving. Pull the trigger just as the barrel blocks your view of the bird. Sometimes you won't even know if you've hit it until you see the "debris field" start to spread. :D
     
  14. ChooChoo

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    UKWildcatFan - Critique: On your second round you just about broke half the birds. That means that you were "on" half the time without the benefit of a fitted gun, no center bead (I'm guessing) to make sure your eye is where it is supposed to be, using a gun that was not meant for that game and I'm also guessing that you did it without some real hands on instruction. I'd say that you have a knack for hitting moving targets!

    On her first try at skeet my girlfiend broke ONE bird and that was a low house station 7 -- the easiest bird in skeet. She shot her first straight (25/25) three months later (her 9th trip to the range/ ~25th round).

    toivo's advice is spot on too, especially keeping your head on the stock throughout the follow through (i.e., keeping the gun moving on trajectory).

    As Sauer Grapes said, "Keep at, it gets better."
     
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    Get a lesson or three - cheap investment in the long run. The last thing you want to do is a lot of bad practice thus ingraining bad habits you'll need to unlearn.

    Practice does NOT make perfect - PERFECT practice makes perfect. Stance, form, gun fit, swing characteristics, etc. can be helped by a trained eye watching you as you shoot
     
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    I started with a Mossberg 500 years ago and progressed through Auto's, O/U's, Single Shots, and back to Auto's. Find what works for you and stick with it. My Favorite trap gun for singles and doubles was a used Beretta 390 trap. It really took the sting out of 250rd days at merchandise shoots in Wisconsin.
     
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