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This is a community intended to host general conversation about our favorite clay shooting sports. These three disciplines are considered to this community as equals, that means one is not better than the other. Your opinion however, is quite welcome... so long as it stays just that. Link pics to your gear, your rig, your home field, other places you've visited, your results as you progress through your season, or anything and everything relating to busting the shit out of those little orange bastards.

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DT11 DLC B-Fast weight doesn’t screw in

The stock bfast weight system doesn’t screw in. Seems like the hole is too big or doesn’t have threads for the screw which just keeps turning.

Any advice how to best plug the hole to allow the screw to lock in.

0 Comments
2024/06/20
18:31 UTC

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What does it mean to be “fitted” for a shotgun?

I was speaking to a representative from a store about shipping a Caesar Guerini vs picking it up (they’re roughly 2 hours away), and they offered to get me fitted for the gun if I came in person.

I realized afterwards that I’m not clear what that entails. If I’ve already chosen the model - besides an adjustable comb, what - if anything - would be adjusted on the gun during a fitting?

Trying to both learn here as well as determine if the round trip is worth it.

17 Comments
2024/06/20
10:39 UTC

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New to shooting ammo

Hey guys!

I'm heading for the first time to a clay shooting range and needed some opinions on shotgun ammo loads. Since now I only shot 12gauge around 25 times at stationary targets. I am a big guy (105kg) and I think I can manage well the recoil of a 28g cartridge, although I must say I don't feel confident since it's my first time but I'm probably overthinking. Being said that, what do you think about 26g cartridges? Is the recoil difference that big between these rounds? Should I just stick to the regular 28g and see if I do well or start on a 26g and then progress to a 28g as I get more confortable? I am aware they reach different speeds and that it depends on a lot of factors, but I just want to keep it simple for a first aproach.

Thanks everybody!

5 Comments
2024/06/20
10:33 UTC

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Clayhunt vr

Now I’ve seen some posts about this game about how accurate it is but are there any alternatives close to the real stock pro in terms of weight changing capabilities, adjustable pieces, etc. I also have a room large enough where I practice mounting or tracking, my dad was mentioning taping or attaching the controllers to a real gun if that would even work.

8 Comments
2024/06/20
02:13 UTC

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Is a side by side bad for casual skeet shooting?

I understand that for competition shooting you probably wouldn’t want one because it’s just worse than an over under, but what about for just doing some casual shooting while out camping?

My reason for wanting a SxS shotgun is I’d like it to be very versatile, good for home defense, bear/lion defense, and adequate for duck hunting and skeet shooting. The thing is, I really don’t like the look of over-unders unless all I’m using it for is skeet or birds, so side by side is a good option, as I also don’t want a semi auto.

I’m pretty good with over-unders, so how bad is the learning curve? Do I need chokes?

30 Comments
2024/06/18
10:11 UTC

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Have a Beretta 690 Black, love it but always got my eye on upgrading

To a Beretta 694. Please help. I want it bad, thinking I should sell the 690 after I get the 694.

Should I upgrade or not enough difference to matter? Tia!

19 Comments
2024/06/18
01:26 UTC

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Ultra XS or Cynergy? (Browning)

Hi,

Looking at both of these guns. Both would be used for claying with the occasional rough shoot here and there. Any major differences besides looks?

5 Comments
2024/06/17
23:37 UTC

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What is the difference in quality levels (other than aesthetics) going from a $2500 o/u, to a $5000, and then $10,000

Pretty much it. I shoot a citori that i love and do pretty well with. But wondered what you get for double the price, and then double that.

Edit: This post is generally geared towards sporting clays and sporting guns.

Thanks!

68 Comments
2024/06/17
20:17 UTC

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Choke Tube Damage

Good afternoon. My son used his Mossberg 500 for a “Wing Clinic” yesterday on a sporting clay course. Because it was a clinic, he used a lot of shells at each stand. He probably went through 7-8 boxes total. Toward the end, I noticed the choke tube was sticking out about an 1/8th inch. We tried to tighten it but it was pretty tight. I removed the choke tube today and the bottom of the tube (1/4 inch) is “missing” and the threads are deformed. I cleaned the barrel and the threads and put in another choke and it seems to thread in and the barrel looks ok. What caused this? Did the heat cause the problem and/or does this happen with cheap chokes? Thank you.

18 Comments
2024/06/16
23:59 UTC

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Shotkam

Is there really a huge difference between the Gen 3 and Gen 4? I know there are a few differences but is it really noticeable for the price difference? I plan on using it probably a few times a week when I practice

4 Comments
2024/06/16
23:01 UTC

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Fit of SP 1 Sporting vs. SP 3 Sporting

I recently shouldered a variety of O/U’s. I expected to like the Brownings. However, I found they felt fat/long/barrel heavy for me. On the other hand, the Silver Pigeon 1 Sporting felt balanced and nimble and came up easy with my eye right down the rib. The bit of extra cast they are supposed to have seems to be good for me.

Only downside is the SP 1 Sporting is very plain looking and comes with flush chokes. I could order an SP 3 Sporting with B-fast comb, but it is too far for me to see it in person.

I found a video that says SP 1, 3, and 5 fit exactly the same. Berettas websites don’t provide specs very well, but per the international site pics and specs, the stock dimensions look a little different and may have slightly different drop. So do they fit exactly the same?

It looks like the SP Sportings with B-fast have a little more drop to begin with though, which suggests to me I should be able to get it to fit right.

In short, if a SP 1 Sporting (non-adjustable) fits me, will I be able to get at least as good a fit out of a SP3 with B-fast?

17 Comments
2024/06/16
17:30 UTC

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New Spare gun.

I am looking at getting a new spare gun, for me and my guests. I want to retire my old Remington 1100 which isn't always reliable.

My top 3 picks all pre owned, a Benelli Supersport, A400 Xcel, or Fabarm XLR5 Velocity. All of which can be found for slightly under 2K.

Gas guns kinda make me feel uneasy as I see them repeatedly fail on the courses. But may be a bit of an irrational fear.

Thoughts anyone?

20 Comments
2024/06/16
01:13 UTC

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North American Championship Sporting 2025 location

G’day Busters, Currently this is being run at Northbrook Sports Club Illinois, Is there any whispers on where this will be held next year. As I’ll be traveling over from Australia and just trying to look at where the location is as to look at accommodation and airfares etc.

2 Comments
2024/06/16
00:12 UTC

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First year of trap 2nd place

14 Comments
2024/06/14
02:10 UTC

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Sporting clay ranges near Columbus (OH)

Would like to practice before the SCTP nationals but would like recommendations.

10 Comments
2024/06/13
21:36 UTC

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Which would you rather: Zoli Z-Sport or CG Invictus I?

You guys sick of questions like these yet? I hope not. LOL

I'm trying to decide between one of these two — Zoli Z-Sport or Guerini Invictus I — both in 32" flavor with adjustable comb. Curious which you'd pick if you were limited to these options, with fit being equal.

Edit: Also, would it be a "...and it's not even close" or a "...but it's kind of a toss up" scenario?

11 Comments
2024/06/13
15:39 UTC

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Beretta VS Guerini

Most of what I read on Guerini I’ve found good feedback. The beretta I read mixed reviews but beretta does sell a lot more guns in the US than Guerini I would imagine…I was pondering a beretta 687 Joel etchen Trap or a Caesar Guerini summit ascent. The fit is slightly different but I do like them both. I tried a browning and didn’t care for the way it fit me. I kind of like the palm swell on the Guerini more and the trigger too. I prefer the look of the etchen more with the silver receiver and scrollwork compared to the guerinis fairly plain receiver. The Guerini will shoot a little flatter so it would be a good compromise that I could shoot trap and sporting clays with it…do you guys think the Guerini is worth the extra money. I really didn’t want to spend that much but I will if it’s worth the difference because it’s a gun I’ll have and enjoy for years to come.

40 Comments
2024/06/12
22:47 UTC

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694 vs Elos

My heart tells me I want a Beretta 694 (possibly with a TSK) but my budget for the year says I want a Fabarm Elos. Now I could keep putting the money back and go for the 694 eventually but I’m trying to decide if there is a significant jump in quality from one to the other. I understand feel and fit is subjective and some guns just feel better to some than others but I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with these two models for skeet and sporting clays.

14 Comments
2024/06/12
16:30 UTC

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Brand new O/U

Hey guys, just recently got a beretta 686 silver pigeon and was wondering if there is some kind of break in or something? I understand cleaning the gun of all the oil and grease from the factory, just figured I’d ask before I just start shooting. TIA.

6 Comments
2024/06/11
22:54 UTC

102

Finally!! 25 Straight

25 Comments
2024/06/11
11:40 UTC

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As a newer skeet shooter, this strategy makes sense.

Just stumbled on that on YouTube and I got a love/hate for station 8. I’ll start to think I got it figured out and then just humble myself the next few rounds.

6 Comments
2024/06/10
22:10 UTC

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This Pesky Little Looper…

This pesky little looper was probably the second most missed target at the FITASC Nationals…

The most missed one must’ve been a Midi thrown from a tower. Even the winner and the runner up missed that one a couple of times …at least…

The club didn’t change that target yet, so I’ve got a chance to shoot a whole box of ammo at it, trying to figure it out…
This is shot from the exact position of Peg 3. Obviously, from Peg 1 and 2 it would look different, but couldn’t risk a safety violation… There is zero tolerance policy for that…

https://youtu.be/Z-VYSmMz_yo?si=7gp1tcohMkbNzpak

9 Comments
2024/06/10
21:55 UTC

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American Skeet - doubles from Station 4... not easy...

I'm not much of a skeet shooter, but I always found the doubles from Station 4 intimidating...
This past weekend I ran out of ammo trying to figure out the technique for a pesky sporting clays target, but I had a box of #9 with me... so, obviously, I stopped at a skeet field on my way out, and tried some doubles from Station 4.... (doesn't make sense to carry ammo back home - it ruins the MPG... :-D )
I realized later on that I should've tried some reverse pairs too, but I promise I'll do it next time! :-D
(the image is so wobbly, 'cause I had to pull for myself... didn't have anybody to push the button for me...)

https://youtu.be/q_254DfuU8k?si=eiYfPdAImFcOA_0q

15 Comments
2024/06/10
20:27 UTC

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Sports Clay course down by Watkins Glenn, NY

8 Comments
2024/06/10
16:37 UTC

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Choke is stuck, any advice welcome

I went to go swap out my choke (the one that came with the gun a year+ and several thousand rounds ago), and it's just not moving any advice on how to loosen it up?

EDIT: After soaking in solvent for a day, and stripping 1 choke wrench, the 2nd wrench in a vice grip, managed to get it out. There was a good amount of rust on those threads.

34 Comments
2024/06/10
16:07 UTC

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Has anyone had their barrels tuned by Eyster or Wilkinson? Recommendations or guidance?

6 Comments
2024/06/09
14:23 UTC

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Length of Barrel 28”-32”

New here - but not to the sport. I mainly do Skeet at my gun club in central Jersey and sporting clays at the NJ/PA. I use a 30” CMSC O/U 12 gauge for both.

Looking to invest in another shot gun. Is the extra 2” make a big difference (30 to 32) for sporting clays?

17 Comments
2024/06/08
22:33 UTC

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Rizzini BR110 Sporting - Buying Used - Anything Specific to look for?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm thinking about buying a used Rizzini and is there anything Rizzini or BR110 specific I need to look at so I get a good gun?

12 Comments
2024/06/06
20:58 UTC

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Replacing BT99 Micro Stock w/ standard stock

I have a BT99 Micro that no longer fits my daughter and would like to change the stock to the full size stock. There are a number of stocks available, some are obvious for type or production years. Browning has confirmed that the receiver is the same between the Micro and full size. It looks like you just need to unscrew the butt pad, remove the big screw in the stock and remove the trigger guard screw the remove and replace stock then do the reverse on the screws. Is that correct?

3 Comments
2024/06/06
18:09 UTC

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