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  1. Brian, If you're looking to shoot for fun, and not seriously shoot trap or skeet in competition, the supersport will be fine. If, on the other hand, you have fallen in love with trap shooting, (and many of us, myself included, do,) you'll find the supersport may not be the best choice for trap. In fact, I shoot a lot of trap and have never seen one used in trap competition. There's probably a reason for that. If you really want a dedicated trap gun, may I suggest a used Browning BT-99 to start with. Skeet is a totally different game from trap. A gun suited for trap may n
  2. If it hasn't been stated clearly here, gauge, choke, and barrel length have virtually nothing to do with how far shot travels. The two things of importance are: 1. Muzzle velocity. 2. Shot pellet size. Dumb Duck said, "To increase your EFFECTIVE range you can tighten your choke, increase the velocity of your shot and go to a larger shot size which will maintain velocity better. " Absolutely correct. Here's the key to hitting doves. 1. Get a gun that fits you! If you don't know what that means, find someone who does (not uncle Billy-Bob cuz he's a good sho
  3. Totally personal preference, as you said. If your shooting style is such that you prefer covering the bird with the bead, and you have success shooting the gun this way, by all means, do it. If you do this, you'll have to put in a shim that lowers the comb. Good luck.
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    Careful modifying things used for home defense. If, God forbid, you ever actually have to use the gun in self defense, the fact that you modified the trigger may be used against you in court. Same if you use home-made reloads (don't use reloads, use factory shells.) Same with even something as simple as cocking the hammer on your revolver (don't cock the hammer, use the double action trigger.) I know, its stupid, but lawyers will use any avenue to make you seem the culprit in a criminal or civil court.
  5. I teach hunter education in Kansas. I like to watch for obvious safety violations when I watch these shows. You know, don't point yoru gun at anythign you don't want to shoot, etc. I regularly find blatant safety violations. Seems like 9 out of 10 are whitetail deer hunting, and although I do, on occasion, hunt deer, its not my favorite. I prefer to watch pheasant hunting, but it is seldom featured. I'm like tucker, I generally couldn't care less about someone hunting warthogs in Mombassa, or axis deer in a fenced-in ranch in Texas.
  6. I know of only one serious shooter who uses a Benelli for sporting clays shooting. He uses one of those Super Sport's. I'll be interested to hear if your Comp-n-Choke really has any effect on recoil. My bet is it won't, but some folks who buy them say they do. Maybe they just want to believe it since they spent so much on the thing. Anyway, there's a reason why most of the folks you see out there on the skeet, trap, and sporting clays courses are shooting Beretta, Browning, Perazzi, etc. and not shooting Benelli. A heavy rubber band (like theones they use in the produce deper
  7. Not much. The 1187 has a stainless steel magazine tube, and the bolt has a larger (wider) ejector hook than the 1100. The big difference is the 1187 has a pressure compensated gas system that allows it to cycle heavy loads down to light target loads. The 1100 didn't have that system. Besides that, its virtually the same action internally.
  8. Tucker's response is very clear and generally accurate. One exception to the "heavy" rule for gas guns. I won a Tri-Star Viper at a Pheasants Forever banquet. Its a gas-operated semi-auto. Lightest gun I own. Kicks like a freaking mule, even with target loads. Looking forward to hunting pheasants with it this fall, since its so light and easy to carry. But, so far, so good. I've shot a few hundred shells through it, and its only failed to cycle (didn't fully eject the spent hull) a few times. Would I have bought this gun myself? no. But free is good.
  9. Novaking, Dove hunting like that puts a lot of stress on any gun. Not many pass that test. As I recall, most folks who use semi-auto's on those trips use Beretta 391's. Great gun.
  10. Shotguns R Us Saw an ad recently at Cabela's (maybe Bass Pro) for a matte finish synthetic 1187 Sportsman model, for $550. You can get them used off gunbroker.com for probably $400 or less. That's how I got my daughter's 1100. Its still going strong. In fact, last night she texted me..at her first trap team practice of the school year, all the western Kansas country boys on the team were a little miffed that the city-girl pincess whupped them. Tim
  11. Well, since Michael stated the interial system so eloquently, I'll try to do the same for the gas operated semi-auto's. 1. The shell is fired and the shot/wad cup head on down the barrel. 2. As the wad gets to about the end of the forearm, where there is a small hole, or port (sometimes multiple) in the barrel. This is open to the "cylinder" that is integral to the barrel. This is a polished cylinder with an o-ring at the muzzle end that seals the gases from moving forward (towards the muzzle end.) The cylinder also acts to hold the barrel in the receiver when you tighten down the
  12. Absolutely, on the gas path parts. Makes cleanup a piece of cake.
  13. The down side to the 1100 is you have to keep the gas action clean for them to cycle reliably. With my daughter's 1100, I do a thorough cleaning (literally, taking everything apart except the little parts integral to the trigger group) about every 400 to 500 shots. Which, in her case, might be once a month.
  14. CZ no longer sells the semi-auto. I know several of the people with CZ-USA, including their president, Alice Poluchova. They dropped the semi-auto line because they found it was unreliable. Their break action shotguns are all made by Huglu in Turkey, and I think they are good quality, in between the low dollar entry guns and the better guns like Browning and Beretta. I have not heard much about the Charles Daly guns, but what I have heard is not so great. If you get a Charles Daly break action gun made in the 70's, you're getting an excellent quality gun, probably made by Miro
  15. Shotguns R Us, If you are looking for a good quality semi-auto for a low dollar price, go to gunbroker.com, and get a used Remington 1100 or 1187 and have a gunsmith give it a good cleaning and once-over when you get it. You can get one for about $350 or $400.
  16. "police forces use Remington 870s & Mossberg 500s. what does that tell you??" They also use Ithaca 37's and Winchester 1300's. What does THAT tell you? Tells me they do public bidding process and buy the one that gives them the best price... MOST pump guns work fine. Possibly the best one is the old Winchster Model 12, which hasn't been made for many years. The 870 is a great gun, but so are the others mentioned above. Mossberg has great warranty service, plus they're easy to fix yoursalf. A friend of mine abused hiw Mossberg 500 for about 25 years (he said
  17. Hogwild, Any respectable range that gives a darn about safety will have that rule. They're not being jerks, they're just following the normal and customary safety rules that most shooting ranges follow as a matter of course. To do any different is unsafe at a shooting range. Helps keep you from "forgetting" how many shells you have in the gun, and thinking you're empty when you're not. Hundreds of thousands of trap rounds are shot year-round by people loading only one shell at a time. I don't shoot at ranges that don't care about safety. Go on back to your ABQ
  18. The only Nova I ever picked up felt really light to me, but I'm accustomed to heavy guns. I see the specs say the Nova weighs 8 lb, and I don't consider that particularly light. I'd have guessed the Nova to be more like 7 lb. Hmmm. My bad. FYI, my target shooting guns weigh somewhere between 9 and 10 lb. Obviously, these guns are strictly for target shooting. That's way too heavy to lug around in the field.
  19. A few questions: First, if you shoot better with your 870 than with your Condor, why change? The 870 is probably a better gun and probably has a better trigger than the Condor. Second, what choke is in the 870, and what choke is in the Condor? Unless the Condor has somethign like a skeet choke in it, its probably not a choke problem. Modified is a good startingpoint for shooting trap. Have you patterned your Condor? That is, at about 35 yards, where does the pattern shoot? If it shoots a significanly different point of impact than the 870, that's likely your problem. A
  20. You cannot go wrong with a used Browning Citori. You should be able to get one in that price range. Excellent quality guns, and any gunsmith worth a darn knows how to fix them. In the short run, the Stoeger O/U may look good, but it is not time tested like the Citori.
  21. Use blue if you ever want to get it apart again.
  22. In that price range, get a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500. Simple as that. Reliable, good quality guns. You may never wear them out, and even if you do, every gunsmith in the USA has parts for them and knows how to fix them.
  23. Oh, and when you're shooting, foltow through! That is, don't stop the gun when you pull the trigger. If you miss, follow the target as if you were going to shoot at it again. If you break one, follow a chip down to the ground, as if you were going to shoot at the chip. This wwill help keep you from lifting your head, which is a common problem.
  24. Where to start.... Well, step one, DO NOT try to shoot trap with a skeet choke. A modified choke is fine. The shells you are using are fine for singles trap. Gimmicks, Hi-Viz sights, other "stuff" won't make you a better shooter. You need practice...Start with what you have, and as you progress, you may find there are things that will help. For now, concentrate on practicing and shooting a lot of targets to get better. Here's a good tutorial on trap on the Remington website. http://www.remington.com/pdfs/trap_fundamentals_2004.pdf Read that and see what yo
  25. BTW, in order to make it cost effective, you need to buy in bulk. That means buying 5000 primers, 5000 wads, 8 lb of powder, or 500 lb of shot at a time. And don't buy from stores like Cabela's. You'll get ripped for price. You need to be selective, and buy at gun clubs or from online stores with good prices for large quanitities.
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