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Posted: 10/28/2013 5:24:58 AM EST
Went skeet shooting for the first time this weekend. It was awesome.

Used friends 20ga shotgun. It was a pump with a single gold bead at the top of the sight rail. Winchester something or other.

I have no idea where to start. Barrel length? Semi? Pump? 12ga? 20ga? Over-under?

Will be used probably 6 times per year, maybe more if I'm feeling extra sporty.

Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:26:36 AM EST
Old Browning over/under from Belgium.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:32:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2013 5:33:09 AM EST by lilMAC25]
I shoot a 10 yr old Walmart Traditions (Fausti) over under ($450) and love it....


If I were buying today, it would be a toss up between a Benelli Semi and a nicer O/U like a Ruger Red Label or even a CZ.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:35:44 AM EST
People like the O/U because of the way they handle and how quick the second shot is, but a O/U will cost you. A pump is kinda slow and working the pump will throw you off of your swing. A semi like a Rem 1100 or 1187 might be a good choice. Usually a 28inch barrel with tubes, one for skeet will work well.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:39:43 AM EST
I use to do quite a bit of skeet shooting myself so I have lots of experience in this area. Depending on how much you want to spend here are my recommendations:

Caliber- either 12 or 20 gauge. I use 12 but have used 20 just as well. Doesn't really mater IMO.

Barrel length- I like 28 inch for skeet. I have used 26 inch but prefer 28 with an improved cylinder choke.

Pump- my favorite pump is a Browning BPS. They are pricey but they are smooth. If you're on a budget, you can look for a used one. 870 and 500 work fine but are not near as smooth as a BPS.

Semi-Auto- If you're going to shoot trap with a semi-auto your best bet is to buy a shogun with the inertia operating system like a Benelli. If you're on a budget the Stoeger M3500 uses the same inertia operating system but costs much less. Most 1100/1187's don't cycle light trap loads well but the inertia system will cycle about anything.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:42:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2013 5:46:06 AM EST by BB]
I use either a Beretta 391 or an old Remington 1100. I'd recommend either. I like the shorter 26" barrel, and I use regular velocity rounds not "target" loads but only because I shoot more as practice for hunting. I do want a CZ Bobwhite SXS 20G though; the doubles give you the ability to use two different chokes so you can use one barrel for up close and the other for longer shots.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:44:08 AM EST
Give me an old Remington 1100 12 gauge and I'll never miss.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:48:19 AM EST
I would suggest ignoring this thread and instead posting one in the shotgun forum where all of the replies will be serious advice.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:54:47 AM EST
I started out using a 870 I had with a Skeet choke tube. I was shooting every Wednesday and about 6 months later I picked up a beretta 686 Essential O/U. One benefit of a O/U is you wont have to pick up the emtpy hulls after shooting a round of Skeet or even trap.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:55:39 AM EST
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Originally Posted By FZ1Steve:
People like the O/U because of the way they handle and how quick the second shot is, but a O/U will cost you. A pump is kinda slow and working the pump will throw you off of your swing. A semi like a Rem 1100 or 1187 might be a good choice. Usually a 28inch barrel with tubes, one for skeet will work well.
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Wait a minute! This is Arfcom, no one here needs a second shot! We simply don't miss, and if there's more than one clay in the air, we defy physics and hit them both with the first shot

But seriously OP. It sounds like you just want to have some fun. If you're only doing it 6 times or so per year, that seems about once per month during the summer. I wouldn't suggest anything expensive.

In fact, I use a Rem. 870 Express 12 ga. with a 28" barrel and thoroughly enjoy it. I'm not the best shot in the world, and I don't shoot enough to improve that much. The 870 cost me about $350 and is a fine shooter for what I want. It's a better gun than I'll ever be a shooter.

Don't listen to the posters here telling you to buy a $1,000 shotgun. It's not worth it for what you say you're going to be doing.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 5:57:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2013 6:03:10 AM EST by NotAFudd]
I figured this was a little john thread, or alternatively a discovery of self pleasure

Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:02:38 AM EST
I started shooting clays many many years ago with a single shot 16ga.

Then for most of my life I used a Rem 870 12ga.

I now use a Browning Citori over/under 12ga. just because I could afford it.

I really like the Citori but you really don't need to spend that much money.
Get an 870 in 20ga, if you think you'll be using it for hunting think about 12ga.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:03:56 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2013 6:09:20 AM EST by bradpierson26]
Used Citori
Used CZ Canvasback if you can't afford a citori
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:10:09 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2013 6:13:16 AM EST by graysonp]
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:10:13 AM EST
I would definitely look at O/U's, single trigger, but think about whether you want auto-ejectors or just extractors. CZ makes some nice O/U's for a good price, I think that is the way I will go when I get around to buying a trap gun.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:12:02 AM EST
I'm a buy once cry once kind of person, I dont mind saving up a little more as long as it's worth it.

I'm pretty sure the shotgun I used this weekend was a Winchester 20ga speed pump that's around $200 used....

I would like a semi around 500-600? The 11-87 is looking really nice...Or a used Benelli A300?
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:12:48 AM EST
Ruger Red-Label in 20ga.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:13:14 AM EST
I shoot about 15k a year in skeet. Get yourself a 28" O/U Citori. You can pick up a decent
one for about $1200. Now listen carefully. You are going to want to shoot other gauges.
20,28 and 410 and you can get tube sets for the O/U...not cheap but if you ever shoot
registered targets you will want to do this. Hell I don't even shoot 12 anymore other than registered.
Can you use a pump or 1100? Yup but you will be limited to 12 guage. If money is an issue find
a Rem 1100...should be able to find one for $500.00
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:17:11 AM EST
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Originally Posted By badfish274:
Give me an old Remington 1100 12 gauge and I'll never miss.
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QFT
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:22:10 AM EST
A few times a year? Do you bird hunt?

If you hunt, shoot skeet with your hunting gun from low ready. That is what skeet was created for.

If you don't hunt, get a nice used semi with a 26" barrel. 12 or 20 ga will be fine.

I do suggest you buy something with choke tubes. In the future you may use it for something else and tubes make the gun more useful.

If you have to get something with fixed choke, get Imp Cyl or LT Mod at the tightest (unless you like torture).
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