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Greetings and I do not know if I belong here
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 Posted: Wed Sep 24th, 2014 01:36 PM
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But here goes. I have been on the forum for a while and enjoy the comments and appreciate the knowledge that is shared.

Here is my story.
I am an old geezer in poor health. I have been around shotguns since I was a sprig. But I have never shot skeet. Now, I would like to learn about it and perhaps treat the gang to a few laughs and try it at the range.

My first questions are what to shoot? I have two, 12 gauge shotguns.
One is a semi auto Remington 11-87 that I shoot trap with, and the other is a SXS coach gun that I shot CAS with. I no longer shoot CAS. Both have choke tubes.
I have been considering a new O/U but I hate to buy a new gun when I don't know what I am looking for.

The trap range limits the shot size on the skeet range to #9 shot.

So I ask for any advice you have on gun selection, load selection and any other advice that you wish to share.

Thanks for looking.



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 Posted: Wed Sep 24th, 2014 02:50 PM
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Try the game first with either of your guns, you may not like it well enough to invest in a dedicated shottie. I've shot skeet exactly once with my Citori (open choke) and it was so humbling that I've never gone back.



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 Posted: Wed Sep 24th, 2014 04:28 PM
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CharlieG
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Oh, I can do humble. LOL

So you suggest that I take my gun to the range, buy some #9 shot and have at it.

OK, I have a choke tube marked skeet and improved cylinder for the Remington. The only tubes I have for the SXS are full and modified.



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Get out there Charlie with that skeet tube & HAVE FUN.



 Posted: Wed Sep 24th, 2014 05:19 PM
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Ok, so tell me how skeet works. I know that there are 8 positions.
I know the high house in on the left and the low how is on the right.
Two birds come out and cross? I think.

So I take the high house bird first? and then the low house bird?

I told you I knew very little about the game.



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CharlieG, you are correct. Skeet does have eight stations. The birds come from high house and low house. Each high house bird and each low house bird follows the same path. unlike trap. The thrower in the high house is set to throw only one path of birds. Same with low house. Unlike trap, you are shooting "crossing" birds instead of birds going away from you. The lead will change, depending on what station you are shooting from. It has been my experience that lead in station 2 and 6 is about 1 ft. Lead on station three and five is around 2 ft. Lead on station four is around four feet. 1 and 7 are pretty much "dead on". You shoot single high house, single low house and then doubles <high house and low house from stations 1 and 2, 6 and 7. station 8 is center of 1 and 7 so basically, you've got 1/2 court to bust bird. If you do the math, that's 24 birds and you shoot 25 shells. The answer is "option". You get to shoot you first miss over again. Lots more, but it IS a fun game. Try it. Your skeet choke gun will work better as I believe your shots will all be in the 20 yard area. Good luck and enjoy it.



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Well, have learned something today. Thanks WSM for the sketch. Have shot clay birds several times but just out in the back yard type areas.
Welcome Charlie G, There are several "old farts" running around here and even some of us relics that are past that stage--lol. Good to see another '06 shooter. Nothing like the old round to bring home the bacon--and venison. Where do you hang your shooters?



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 Posted: Wed Sep 24th, 2014 09:24 PM
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Thanks for the info, WMS. I lost my shooting partner last March. His boy, called me about shooting CAS and I am thinking of trying to get him to join me in a round at the local club. Great kid. I met him just before he shipped out to the middle east a few years ago. I worried with Bill, his dad, about him all the while. Now that he is back and wants to shoot, I would like to join him. Last saw him at his Dad's funeral. Guess I will go down to the range and check things out and see what I don't know. Good folks there.

If I understand your question correctly, -6, I live in one of the Seattle bedroom communities and shoot rifle targets at the Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club in Fall City. We do not have a trap range so I will have to sojourn to Renton to shoot at their club. The Kenmore Club does not have a skeet range, only five stand and trap.



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Hope things work out well for you CharlieG. My son is headed back to the sandy regions for the fifth time soon.



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