Clay Shooting Shotgun Review
If you are a first time shooter and want to try sporting clays and shotguns in general, the best thing you can do is go to a sporting clays range and rent guns.
Try 12 gauge and 20 gauge. Please don’t really bother about the other gauges. 16 is hard to find and expensive unless you have mastered 12 gauge and want something new to try.
You can get very light loads for a 12 gauge shotgun that actually rival the 20 gauge. It is very little recoil, good clay load. You can really step it up in a 12 gauge too.
It’s been my experience, that most 12 gauge guns pattern better than a 20 gauge. I’ve heard that the reason is because fewer pellets touch the barrel with the same weight load.
That doesn’t make any sense though, because the load is contained in a shot cup. Can’t really explain it. If I were you, I’d get a Remington 870 12 gauge. Best choice out there.
Nevertheless, “shooting clays” isn’t specific enough. There are different sports that involve shooting clays, and the choice of best gun is not the same for all of them.
Trap involves standing behind a thrower and shooting at targets that move away from you. The closest you can get to the thrower is 16 yards.
More advanced shooters get as far as 31 yards. For trap, anything less than 12 gauge is really handicapping yourself. Also, trap is mostly a game of singles, although you can shoot doubles.
Most serious competitors use single-shot or over/under guns.
Skeet involves closer distances, with 2 throwers. You’re never taking a shot that’s more than 15 yards, and the birds come many directions.
For this, having a maneuverable gun and the ability to make quick double shots is important.
Many skeet shooters prefer 20 gauge for this reason. Skeet always involves doubles, so a repeater is important. Either a semi-auto or an over/under are preferred.
Sporting clays is more variable than either trap or skeet. Targets range from point blank to 30 yards away, and can come at you from any direction.
A 12 gauge with a tube magazine, preferably in semi-auto, is the gun of choice here.
Now, all that being said, you CAN shoot any sport with about any shotgun. Someone mentioned the Remington 870, and that is a fantastic general purpose gun.
You can use it (and I do) for any of the sports. Even if it isn’t the perfect gun for trap, skeet, or sporting clays, you’ll have to go a long way to find a better gun at a better price that’s as generally useful as an 870.
As for brand, start off with a basic shotgun. A Remington 870 would suit you. If you plan to do some duck/geese hunting, spend the extra money and get a 3 and 1/2″ chambered gun, (although its really unnecessary)
Smith & Wesson
Most of the guns these manufacturers offer will be less than $1000, unless you want a premium auto loader.
It is certainly the dream of every shooter to have the best guns, the best equipment.
Most of the shooter, shooting with cartridges that do not provide perfect shot patterns and from the execution of the movement toward the plate with maximum guarantees so that it can break.
There are three models of cartridges suitable for the needs of a shooter in both learning time as in the high competition:
For the beginner, they can use cheaper cartridge. SAGA offers the Eurotrap – 24 while that experienced shooter and persecuting those high percentages has called the HIGH END SAGA such as the HEARTH -. 24gr, the ELITE – 24gr. and ELITE SPECIAL – 24gr.
Cartridges measured seven inches and must not weigh more than 24.5 grams.
Ammunition must be only spherical, be made of lead and with a diameter not greater than 2.6 mm.
When you shoot, the bullet begin to disburse, because inside the canon is completely smooth .