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Clay Shooting Tips: The Straight Away Target - Easy to Hit and Easy to Miss

Posted by Dick Jones on Sep 9, 2014 11:21:00 AM


We were at the old Tarheel Gun Club, and I was sitting on the porch with Jason, a unique individual and the clay shooting club keeper, who always wore blue denim bib overalls. I was talking about the relative difficulty of the different targets in skeet shooting. The toughest targets for me were stations three, four, and five. All these are crossing targets, one each from the right and left. At that time, I didn’t really have a good handle on shooting crossers and it seemed these targets always kept me from shooting 25 out of 25. “Well,” I bragged, “at least I don’t have trouble with low house, station seven.”

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Shotgun Tips: How To Choose Shotgun Shell

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 25, 2014 11:54:00 AM


Now that my daughter has a shotgun for competitive shooting let’s talk a little about practicing and using the right shells for the job. You know how to get better, right? Practice. Practice. Practice.

When my husband and I were at SHOT Show last winter, we were lucky enough to visit with Kim Rhode to get some shotgun tips from one of the most successful clay shooting athlete in history. Among the many questions we asked was how often she practices. She told us she shot a minimum of 500 rounds a day.

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Shotgun Tips: Learning From Your Misses

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Jun 11, 2014 9:57:00 AM


Everyone, even our Olympic champions, miss a shot now and then. Some of us miss more than others. It is easier to miss with a shotgun than you might think. Learning from a miss can teach you a lot about how to take the next shot, and let’s face it; there isn’t any shot more important than the next one.

Mistaking the distance of the target is a prime way to miss. And with waterfowl and upland game, it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to measure because you’re dealing with fast-moving birds. One tactic you can do to work on judgment is to observe birds as much as possible. During a waterfowl hunt, I’ll set up decoys at specific yardages. It gives me a little reassurance that I know how far everything is in relation to where I am. Increasing your confidence reduces that chance that you’ll miss.

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting

Choosing a Competition Shotgun

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 9, 2014 10:46:00 AM


How do you go about choosing a new competition shotgun for your 100 pound, 15-year-old daughter?

My husband and I started by asking a trusted colleague for a shotgun recommendation when looking for a new one for our teenage competitor. From there we asked a few more friends for their thoughts. More than one person recommended the Beretta A400 Xcel. We were intrigued by the suggested shotgun and wanted to learn more about it.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

How To Get Started Trap Shooting

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Recently, I wrote The Rookie’s Introduction to Clay Shooting to help new folks get a handle on what the various clay shooting sports are all about.

Now, let’s get serious about how to get started.

Although you can start your clay target shooting career in any of the primary disciplines - trap, skeet or sporting clays, I might encourage new shotgun shooters to take a run at trap shooting first. It’s not a hard and fast rule, just an opinion from some guy on the internet. (That would be me.)

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

5 Stand - When There's Not Time for Sporting Clays

Posted by Mia Anstine on May 26, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Beretta-692-Clay-ShootingNew shotgun shooters often wonder where to start and how to have fun. The best of the best shotgun shooters seem to boast about a good round of sporting clays. Many people think of sporting clays as golf with guns. I happen to like golf. The problem is, I don’t always have time. Between work, being a mom, volunteering and various other activities, it's hard to get a full round in. Another factor, other than time, that may inhibit a shooter from getting a round of sporting clays in is the cost.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

The Rookie’s Introduction to Clay Shooting

Posted by Tom McHale on May 9, 2014 8:48:00 AM


Trap Shooting: Competitors fire at targets moving away from the shooting line.

When I first expressed interest in the shotgun shooting sports, I was completely confused.

In their enthusiasm to share the sport, all my shotgun friends started right into detailed knowledge and tips and tricks. For example, they talked to me about how to aim a shotgun, how to get ‘classified’ and how to lead clay targets. All good intentions aside, no one stopped talking long enough to appreciate how little I knew. Without a basic understanding of the games, how was I to know what these things meant?

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Students with Shotguns! Sporting Clays and the SCTP Competition.

Posted by Tom McHale on May 4, 2014 9:12:00 AM


Does this gun look familiar? Alex is shooting a customized Beretta 391 Gold Teknys Trap model.

So, a history major, a veterinarian and a sorority girl walk into a gun range…

If there was a politician in the mix, this might sound like the beginning of a corny joke. Well, it’s not. And it’s actually been going on for 45 years now.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

What A Weekend!

Posted by matteo recanatini on Oct 25, 2012 5:06:00 AM

By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor

Hunting season!  I had the pleasure of spending the weekend chasing dove with a great group of guys. My younger brother is getting married in a few weeks so myself and a few of his friends put together a bachelor weekend at a friends ranch just outside of Weesatche, Texas.  There was great food, clay targets, shotguns, rifles, pistols, a decent number of dove, and an all around great time with some good people.

The weekend looked like it might have been a wash in all literal sense of the word.  Friday night and Saturday morning was an ongoing rain event that dropped 2-5" of rain in the area.  Saturday afternoon the rain came to a halt and the timing couldn't have been any better.  We were able to get a few rounds of skeet in before we all went out in the field to put a minor dent in the Texas dove population.  The final tally of birds in hand was 9 mostly due to the birds being spread out from the weather.  We stayed out until dusk and then made the short drive back to the barn.

Upon arrival at the barn we found that my dad, the cook for the weekend, had carved up the brisket that had been on the pit for about 12 hours as well as 6 beer can chickens accompanied with a pot of beans.  One thing about Texas country boys, WE CAN EAT!  Within an hour all the food was devoured, cold beverages were being consumed, washers were being thrown, and college football was on the big screen.  It was definitely the absolute best bachelor weekend I have ever been lucky enough to attend.

I'm dedicating this post to my brother.  Jared, I hope that your marriage is filled with good times and an eternal bond with a wonderful woman.  You are a hell of a man and I am thankful to be able to call you my brother.  I am extremely proud of you, and I love you.

Brad Wilson is an avid outdoorsman targeting waterfowl and saltwater fish and is a guest contributor for the Beretta Blog.  He can be reached on Twitter or YouTube.

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This post and its contents are the views and opinions of the author only, and do not represent those of Beretta.
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Topics: firearm, cowboy, cooking, friend, Firearms, family, Duck Hunting, Hunting, Gulf Coast, Texas, Clay Shooting, Upland Hunting

Shotgun Shells: The Ins and Outs of Selection (Part 2)

Posted by matteo recanatini on Jun 25, 2012 11:30:00 PM

By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor

In the last segment we talked briefly about a few different factory loads and hand loading.  We saw a few examples of how different characteristics work in different loads and how those characteristics determine how the load performs when it comes to ballistics. Now let’s tie all this together and find what works best in our guns….

...after the jump.

The very first thing I do when I load a new recipe is load up about 3-5 shells with the recipe and take them out to pattern them.  I take a large piece of paper or cardboard and draw a 30” diameter circle in the middle of it.  I want the highest percentage of pellets I can possibly get in that circle at the range I will be using the shell at.  Now draw a horizontal and vertical line in the circle dividing it into 4 sections and label them 1, 2, 3, and 4 in no certain order.  This will help us understand how well the shot is evenly distributed.  Where the 2 lines cross will be your Point Of Aim (POA).  I then take the setup out to the field, walk off the distance I will be shooting at in real world situations, take aim, and shoot.

It is now time to check your results.  Start counting the holes in each quadrant of the circle and write the number down on a piece of paper for each quadrant.  I will also write down the number of holes OUTSIDE of the circle.  The first thing we are looking for is how well the pattern is spread out within the circle.  If I have 54 pellets in quadrant 1, 60 in 2, 58 in 3 and 40 in 4 then I know my pattern is fairly lopped sided.

The next thing I will do is add up the 4 quadrants and divide that by the known number of pellets in the shell and multiply by 100 to get my percentage.  Shot in a shell is measured by weight and the number of pellets should be fairly consistent as long as the weight and shot size remain the same.  I personally will not settle for anything less than 80% in the circle.

Lastly I look for any “holes” in the pattern.  If I have 90% of the pellets in the circle, but there is an area of 5-10” in diameter that has nothing or 1-2 pellets then that isn’t such a great pattern.

I always run 2 or 3 patterns with the same loads on new sheets of paper for each shot to get a good representation of how that load will perform in the field.  You always need to back up your data with results that are fairly close to each other.

What we are ultimately trying to achieve is the maximum number of pellets in the circle spaced out uniformly throughout the circle.  As I said before in the last segment, this pattern is your key to success!

Now that you have a better understanding of how to figure out what shell works best for you next time we will talk about how we can change the outcome and what effects how the pellets act.

Brad Wilson is an avid outdoorsman targeting waterfowl and saltwater fish and is a guest contributor for the Beretta Blog.  He can be reached on Twitter or YouTube.

Make sure you follow Beretta on FacebookTwitterYouTube.

This post and its contents are the views and opinions of the author only, and do not represent those of Beretta.

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Topics: firearm, shell, shot shell, Hand load, hand loading, Duck Hunting, shotgun, pro staff, Hunting, Clay Shooting


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