New O/U Shotgun

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  1. bbbass

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    I always pictured shotgun sports/hunting as one of those "American Sportsman" shows depicted. My favorite episodes were bird hunting from all over the states. I got hooked on the idea long before I was old enough to shoot. Curt Gowdy, oh my. I finally got to bird hunt as much as I wanted when I moved from San Diego to La Grande. Before that it was dove hunting near Calexico, duck hunting and quail hunting near the Salton Sea. Very much fun but no pheasant/hun/grouse/chukar/goose.

    I was fortunate that my military duty was all stateside. Some great trap and skeet ranges and very low cost.

    Ha, my dad played golf. I used to caddy for him. Took it up in my early 20s. Sick. Golf teaches one to cuss even more that being a sailor does.
     
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    Lots of good advice here. I personally like a little dab of anti-seize grease on my chokes, just to ensure they’ll come back out without a hassle...

    A decade of use and never an issue getting the chokes out...
     
  3. Flymph

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    I’ll try to keep a lot of this in mind, may need to review some of the more technical aspects (need my morning caffeine).
    It seems like I need to join a club, just trying to find the right one. Life is a little hectic with a move and stuff, so i’ll wait until i’m settled in to decide on that.
    For now, i’ll focus on busting clay pidgeons and not real birds.
    I’m also not ready for a dog, but that’s good advice. I didn’t think too much about retrieval as much as pointing, retrieval seems worth it.
    I like Tom Knapp’s method of golfing, he uses a shotgun! LoL

    As for reloading, I will think more about that once I get the hang of shooting more. That way I will know more of what to load for. The cost of ammo makes it easy for me to wait to reload for shotguns. One of these days tho, i’ll get a press for shells.
     
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    My dads cousins stopped reloading shot shells because the lead shot wasn't much cheaper then buying cases.


    They shoot just about every day.
     
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    I think we need more pictures of this beautiful new toy! :)

    I'm late to the party but a picture is worth a thousand words!:D
     
  6. Argonaut

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    I bought 1000 lbs of shot maby 10 years ago surplus and havn’t bought any since, you may be right. It holds down my reloading bench.
     
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    Yeah, I think reloading shot these days is more about the hobby and getting things just as you like them more than about saving money.

    @SKrueger i will get more pictures when I have decent scenery. No point in showing it about the house, not being used.
     
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    Dogs are so much fun to work with, sometimes you will forget to shoot. (And they will keep you warm at night)
     
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    Sweet!! I love good outdoor pictures! :)
     
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    Hopefully this holds you over...

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    I couldn’t resist, even though I should be getting ready for work... lol
     
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    Yeah, I haven't priced shot in a long long time. Not since it got scarce, and especially not since I lost the vision in my right eye. (I'm right handed and right eye dominant) So the only shotty I own now is a S/D gun with a reflex optic on it.
     
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    There is nothing as humbling as the dirty look your pointer gives you when you miss a bird!!!
     
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    Just a few more things to consider:

    Practice mounting the shotgun from various field type ready positions. (over the shoulder is not really a good start position ;))

    While doing this, look at your sight picture, making sure your head is down on the stock comb firmly enough so that you are not shooting high (of course, that is ok on clays and rising birds) :D

    For clays, your feet should be shoulder width apart, just like when pistol shooting. Knees slightly bent, weight evenly balanced, back straight but leaning forward. (I even use and aggressive lean from the waist as some gunners do) For formal trap there are further refinements. You will see when you go to a club.

    Have fun! Enjoy, I am jealous!!!
     
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    Thanks again for the awesome tips!
    I have had no issues practicing swinging and bringing it up to my shoulder! ;)
     
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