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  1. Which shotgun? Stoeger Condor 12 ga, Ithaca Model 37 16 ga, Savage/Stevens SxS 20 ga, Mossberg 500 12 ga, all used for upland game (pheasants & quail) and I'll occasionally go after wild turkey with the Mossberg. Antonio Zoli Z-90 Trap model, 12 ga over/under with 32" barrels for trap singles, trap handicap, and trap doubles (Class A singles/23.5yd handicap/Class B doubles) Antonio Zoli Z-90 (yes I have 2) 12 ga over/under with 30" barrels for skeet and sporting clays (I usually put in a set of Briley gauge reducers and shoot it as a 28 gauge for skeet.) Tim
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    They'll fly when it's raining. I have lots of experience with that. Plus, the moisture somehow makes it easier for the dogs to track them.
  3. Chukar is good eating, too. good bird to use for dog training, though sometimes the pen raised ones just don't want to fly.
  4. Oh my dear Lord. That has to be one of the funniest things I've ever heard. I'll bet not for you, certainly not at the time.... This will be a story you will be able to tell forever! Tim
  5. fezman, I gotta hear this. What, did you have $500 in cash laying around, and the dog literally ate it?
  6. Cold blue works pretty good, but it only works on steel. Some brand names are Birchwood Casey (available at Wal-Mart) and Oxpho Blue. If the ding is on aluminum, Birchwood Casey makes a product called Aluminum Black that works well. Follow the directions. Clean surfaces are important. Tim
  7. All things being equal, barrel length has virtually no effect on pattern, so what yankeejim said is generally accepted as accurate. If there is any effect, it's so insignificant as to be ignored. Since virtually all the powder in a shotgun shell is burned in the first 16-17 inches of the barrel, muzzle velocity is not higher in a long barrel than in a short barrel (this is not true for rifles where barrel length DOES affect muzzle velocity.) That being said, all things are not equal. Lots of things affect pattern. Different barrels of the same length, made in the same factory on two different machines, or the same gun with two different brands of choke tubes, will affect patterns. Different shell loads will affect patterns. Different shot size will affect patterns. Different shot material (chilled lead, magnum lead, steel, bismuth, hevi-shot, etc.) will affect patterns. I reload, so I know, different brands of powder will affect patterns. The best way to determine how your gun patterns with different combinations is to go to a pattern board. If you have exactly the same gun with exactly the same barrel, but one is 2 inches longer, there should be no discernible difference in the pattern. To answer the original question, in my opinion (I do not purport myself to be an expert on anything)barrel length is a matter of personal taste. [ 02-05-2005, 02:25 PM: Message edited by: timb99 ]
  8. Nothing Benelli makes is particularly well suited for true trap shooting. Benelli guns are lightweight, flat-shooting field guns, and are well suited to being carried around all day in the field. By flat-shooting, I mean that if you took your gun to a pattern board, and aimed it like a rifle at a bull's eye 30 yards away or so, and covered the center of the bull's eye with the bead when you shot, the pattern will be centered around the bull's eye. If you did that with a trap gun, 70% (or more) of the pattern will be above the bull's eye. True trap guns are heavy to reduce felt recoil, and set up to shoot high since the target is rising as soon as it exits the trap house. Plus, with a high shooting gun, you can "float" the target above the bead so it is always in your sight when you pull the trigger. With a flat-shooting field gun, you must, as mentioned above, cover the target with the bead (on straight-away's) when you pull the trigger. For some help on an intro to trap shooting, go to Remington's website. Here's the link. http://www.remington.com/whatsnew/trap/TRAP.htm hr, If you're shooting at a real trap range with a cylinder choke, that is WAAAAY too open for trap. A typical trap target is broken at about 35 to 45 yards, and by that time, the pellets in a cylinder choke are so spread out, even if you're right on, the target may not get a hit. I shoot registered trap, and I use a full choke. When I hit targets, they turn to dust, literally. My daughter, who has faster reflexes than me and shoots a split second sooner, uses a modified choke. I wouldn't use anything more open than modified for true trap shooting. Tim [ 02-05-2005, 02:05 PM: Message edited by: timb99 ]
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