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  1. Beware the man who has only one gun; he probably shoots it well. Nothing wrong with using the SBE for trap or sporting clays. Its just not made for that purpose. Its a light weight hunting gun made to be carried in the field. Does that mean you cannot enjoy shooting clays or become successful shooting clays with it? Of course not. I personally know two excellent sporting clays shooters who shoot Benelli Super Sport shotguns. A couple of questions. Why do you want to pattern your gun at 16-20 yards? That seems an odd distance. Most folks pattern at 13 yards to establ
  2. Easily said. Not so easily done, I fear. I'm going to have one **** of a time terminating someone's life, unless I truly believe it's "me (or wife or daughter) or him." This is why, quite frankly, I hope I'm never placed in this situation. I will not, repeat, will not, terminate someone's life on the fear that they might come back when I'm not home and steal my guns. If they turn tail and run, they live. I'm not shooting them in the back. We can all talk as tough as we want on a forum such as this, but when it comes down to the real deal, pulling the trigger or not
  3. 1. I hope it never happens to me. 2. I have read a book published by a local lawyer regarding weapons and self-defense laws and castle doctrine. I did this to make myself more knowledgeable about what I can and cannot legally do when I am carrying concealed, and what I can do in my own home. The CCW class covers the basics, but that's about it. 3. What splashtx says above is pretty accurate, and worth rereading again before you reject it out-of-hand. Your life will be far, far less complicated if you get the guy to run away, than if you are forced to take deadly means.
  4. Noob, "I dont think any of us "earned" the right to bear arms, we were GIVEN that right. " You need to go back and re-read the definition of "RIGHT." A right is not something that is given to you, nor is it a privilege. It is something you have, simply because you exist, that cannot and should not be taken from you except in extreme cases. All the Bill of Rights say is that you have these rights, by birth, and the government can't infringe upon them and take them away, as long as you are a law-abiding citizen. Too many people thing RIGHTS are things the governm
  5. "Dude relax, he didnt mean anything like that." Yeah, I know he didn't, and you know he didn't, but they (anti-gunners) love that kind of little sound bite, especially if it comes from someone on "our" side of the battle. They'll take it out of context and use it against us. I know, I'm probably being overly sensitive to this kind of thing, but it happens.
  6. I have a friend with an SP10. Actually, it might be an Ithaca, but in reality, its the same gun. It is very heavy, and the recoil is no worse than a 12 gauge. He uses it for geese and turkeys. Overkill is a vague term, and one often used by liberal gun-banners to get the otherwise uneducated people to believe that any gun is too much gun. e.g. "Assault weapons are overkill; nobody needs them." Careful using that term when talking about guns. Gun banners love to use our own words against us. Case in point - The Brady Campaign has prominently used Jim Zumbo's words in t
  7. The only part I object to is this: "Gun ownership is not just a privilege, it is a responsibility. " It is a RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE! There are those in our society who want to make it a privilege, however. I try really hard not to be a one-issue voter, but I do use gun control as a litmus test. A bright woman once said: "How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of."
  8. Did you do just one pattern with each? That's not enough to make any definitve conclusions. If you really want to learn anythign, do about 10 patterns. Then see what you have.
  9. I won't debate further whether copper plated lead shot or copper coated lead shot is more effective than plain, uncoated lead. What I will say is this - I'm willing to bet money that your success as a bird hunter has much more to do with your ability as a wingshooter than what kind of shells you use. "To each their own and good hunting--" Agree with that 100%
  10. "Copper is the way to go in my book." I'm not convinced of that. To a large degree, I believe copper plated shot is a marketing ploy. Here's why: The idea of copper plating is to have a harder surface on the pellets so they don't get as deformed in the gun barrel, and round pellets are "supposed" to give you better patterns than deformed pellets (but then again, hevi-shot patterns great, and its far from round and uniform...) (And contrary to popular wisdom, testing shows most of the deformation happens between the time the primer pops and when the crimp on the shell opens, no
  11. Rabbit, Keep doing those gun raises. It will help. Also, keep that elbow high. For shotgun shooting, a "high elbow" or arm (right arm if you're right-handed) parallel to the ground is a very good way to consistently get your gun stock into that little pocket your deltoid muscle makes with your clavicle bone. A consistent mount is a good thing. When we teach classes, we remind the students to make that "chicken wing." You're on the right track. May I recommend you seek out a registered NSCA wingshooting instructor in your area and take some classes? That wil
  12. Rabbit, You're on the right track with those first three things. Those are some very basic shotgun shooting skills that are the foundation of being a good shot. Head on the stock, eyes on the rock. You asked, "Should I find a better way to mount my shotgun to my shoulder so that the two beads align more consistently or should I compensate by shooting slightly to the left of my targets at all times ?" Neither You should consider doing one of the following: 1. Get a different gun that fits you better. 2. Get your stock on this gun cut with an adjustable comb so
  13. Not sure what you mean by "ribbing." Can you describe it? A typical shotgun barrel chamber diameter is close to the same as the outside diameter of a shell. Then, at the end of the chamber there is a tapered "forcing cone." This is where the barrel tapers from the chamber diameter to the bore diameter. A typical 12 gauge bore diameter is approximately 0.729 (though that varies slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer, and may be bigger if your barrel is "back bored.") The bore stays relatively constant from the end of the forcing cone until you get to the choke. Then
  14. Depends. If you're hunting pheasants at a game farm over dogs, target load 7-1/2's will work. If you're hunting wild birds, and/or without dogs, like Novaking said, I'd recommend at least 1-1/4 ounces of shot, and as fast as you can get. Fiocchi Golden Pheasant Loads, Remington Pheasant Loads or Nitro Pheasant Loads, Winchester Supreme Loads or Super Pheasant Loads, or Federal Game Shok Loads or Wing Shok Loads all work well. I prefer 5 shot or 4 shot, but early season or close flushing birds, 6 works fine. Good luck!
  15. RUT, The guy I know who shoots the Benelli is no slouch either, he's an NSCA Master Class shooter, and a fine shooting instructor as well. Virtually everyone else I know who shoots NSCA Sporting Clays shoots Beretta, Browning, or Perazzi over-unders. A few shoot semi-autos, and of those, its mostly Beretta 391's or Remington 1100/1187's. Nothing wrong with the Benelli, its just not the "sporting clays gun of choice" of most shooters around here. A friend of mine let me shoot a round with his 20 gauge Supersport, and I must admit, its a very nice handling and pointin
  16. Great stuff. You can get little spray cans at Mao-mart. A little goes a long way.
  17. I'd shoot 6 shot too at 25 to 27 yards, but unfortunately, for ATA competition, 7-1/2 is the biggest they allow.
  18. If they don't, send your extras to me. I love that load. Good, cheap ammo that I use when I run out of my reloads.
  19. Your club lets you use number 6 shot? Most clubs prohibit anything bigger than 7-1/2 due to shot fall distance.
  20. Yes and no. For the average guy, cheap shells are fine for skeet, and short yardage trap. The guys who take clay target shooting seriously can't afford to have shell problems, and that's why they use the expensive shells. The cheaper shells are cheaper for a reason. They use cheaper, dirtier powder, softer shot, sometimes they change the wad to whatever they have available at the time. I have taken apart Remington Gun Club shells (great ammo by the way) at different times, and have found different color powder and different wads in them (not in the same case, but rather, maybe
  21. AND, IT WAS A 28 GAUGE WITH 7-1/2 SHOT!
  22. splash, Modern smokeless powders are designed to be (nearly) completely burned in the first 15 to 17 inches of barrel length. Don't take my word for it, go research it as SAAMI (Small Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer's Institute.) It is true that in rifle barrels, a little more barrel length will get you a little more muzzle velocity, but you're working with MUUUUCH slower burning powders and MUUUCH higher pressures in rifles than shotguns. For shotgun barrels, however the effect is insignificant, and you couldn't really test this because the difference is so small its not meas
  23. Know your range and don't take shots beyond it. I'm a pretty good shot, but I wouldn't shoot at a dove that was more than 40-45 yards away. That's just wasting ammo.
  24. If I may add, don't forget the Remington 1100 or 1187. A LOT of people, myself included, started off with the 1100 trap model when they took up trap shooting. And I know a lot of very good trap shooters who still shoot them. And a lot of folks, before over/unders became really popular, shot 1100 skeet models for competition. You can get the used, in good condition, for $500 to $800. Excellent starter guns.
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