Skeet Shooting Techniques


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Old 10-03-05, 06:55 PM
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Skeet shooting techniques

Anybody have good advice on shooting skeet? I am getting ready for duck season, but am doing poorly when attempting to shoot skeet. Any sites, advice much appreciated.

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Old 10-11-05, 12:03 PM
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1st off i would say sporting clays would be your best choice gearing up for duck season. skeet/trap are fine but sporting clays and 5 stand give you different looks, more like duck hunting.

2nd, make sure your shooting what you need. what i mean is that you want to shoot 7.5 or 8's and you need a fairly open choke. depending on your gun, i usually like IC choke for the above. its also a VERY good idea to pattern your gun. put up a big piece of cardboard and step off about 20-25 paces and shoot at it. i usually draw a big oval thats about the size of a duck. then go look at it, you want at least 50% if not more like 75% of your shot to be 'in the oval'. pattern different chokes and loads to find what your gun likes....do the same with your skeet loads.

3rd. when shooting clays, the best advice is to give it plently of lead...then give it MORE lead. on long passing shots you almost cannot give them enough lead. 2nd most important is follow through.

Assuming you are proficient with a shotgun (you know how to mount it, etc) practice, practice, practice is your best friend.
 
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You don't have to lead clays much. Put the bead on them and pop 'em.

Ducks? WHOLE different game. Most of your shots will either be crossing, or straight in.

Crossing shots on ducks requires about 1 or 2 body lengths leading of the bird. I lead them about 2 or 3 feet out in front if they are crosing left-right or right-left. Also, it depends on how far away they are. Of course, a longer shot means more lead. If they are in close--only 20 or 30 yards--lead them less. Maybe 1 body length.

Follow your shot. Don't pull the trigger and stop swinging your gun to look. If your swinging left too right--pull the trigger and keep swinging. It spreads the pellets out in a line.

Straight in shots are pretty easy. Try and time it so that you pull the trigger as soon as he starts to open his wings. You want to him them full on in the chest. Not when the wings are down in front of them. If you pull the trigger as soon as he starts to bring his wings back, you'll usually get him full on in the chest. Dead bird.

Going away shots:
Birds are usually going up when they are flying away from you. Lead over their head. Out in front of them. Bring the shotgum up and pull the trigger just as your bead goes past his head. Keep swinging. They will fly right into the pellets.
 
 

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