Beretta Blog

Knowing Your Limitations and Choosing the Right Choke

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 6, 2018 11:23:21 AM

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I was at the Northeast Side by Side Classic Shotgun Championship and shooting with one of the best shooters in competition. While only a few of the target presentations on the course were long-range shots, J.D. was shooting a gun with modified and full chokes. Classic shotgun competitions do not allow choke changes because those old classic guns didn’t have interchangeable choke tubes. He was clearly a better shooter than I, but I was outdoing him on the close shots. I was shooting a gun with improved and modified chokes. The rules do allow using different loads for different stations, and I was using RST Spreader loads for the really close targets.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

How to Hit the Bird When You're Cross-Eye Dominant

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 25, 2017 8:21:55 AM

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We all have our excuses about why we miss flying birds when we’re shooting our shotguns, but cross-eye dominance doesn’t have to be one of them.

As a child, and even into young adulthood, I had a strong right-eye, which matched my right-handedness. Unbeknownst to me, my eyes changed as I aged. Now my left eye will take over as the strong one if the right one is fatigued. The issue doesn’t bother me at all as I look through the scope atop my Sako Hunter rifle. When I need both eyes open, to point at and hit a bird is when I’ve encountered difficulty.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

Field Safety with Hunting Partners

Posted by Mia Anstine on Sep 5, 2017 10:02:57 AM

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Being outdoors, hunting, is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Most people come to hunting by way of a family mentor. They spend time in the outdoors with their parents or grandparents. Ideally, they’ll enroll in a hunter’s safety course. They get their certification and then head out to the field with their trusted gun to become an official member of the hunting community.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Shotgun Shooting 101

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Aug 23, 2017 3:49:27 PM

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Proper shotgun shooting is a game of repetition – the more you shoot, the more often you will shoot well. However, if you don’t start with the basic shooting position engrained in your muscle memory, it will be hard to ever shoot consistently. There are a few fundamental things you should always do when you shoot a shotgun. Make these fundamentals habitual, and you will be able to focus on the more “intangible” parts of shotgunning and wingshooting.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

The Beginning Wingshooter

Posted by Dick Jones on Jul 20, 2017 1:10:10 PM

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I watched from my position on the dove field as Trey stepped out from behind the blind and raised his 20-gauge shotgun. The dove came in close and turned slightly. The gun came up smoothly, and I saw the feathers fly before I heard the report. The dove plummeted to the ground, and I watched eight-year-old Trey do a celebratory victory dance. He’d taken his first dove. He got two more that day.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland

Five Ways the Shooting Range Helps with Hunting

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jul 7, 2017 10:59:32 AM

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With hot summertime temperatures, some might be surprised that we’ve already got our sights focused on waterfowl and upland hunting season. There are those out shooting summer leagues at the shotgun range and others who are booking September teal hunts, November pheasant hunts, and January goose pursuits. As many approach the stand at the range, they think of their scores, winning a shoot, or how to prepare for hunting season.

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

Does The Gun Fit?

Posted by Dick Jones on Jun 29, 2017 7:04:00 AM

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My client was an accomplished pistol and rifle shooter. In college he shot on the rifle team, he’d been an AAA class Metallic Silhouette shooter, and he’d taken game all over America and Africa. Now, he wanted to improve his wingshooting skills when shooting sporting clays. He was having trouble.

We began shooting the easiest target on my course, a straightaway target that was almost like shooting a tin can on a fence post. He’d brought two guns, one an excellent over-under and the other a high quality semi-auto. After a series of misses trying both shotguns, we checked how well the guns fit him, and I discovered that the comb of both guns was too high to allow him to see directly down the rib. I fetched one of my guns with a lower comb, and after missing the first shot, he crushed every target from that station. He was amazed at the difference, and we joked about the price I wanted for that gun.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland

Ken Middleton Memorial Youth Pheasant Hunt/Sporting Clays Shoot

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 26, 2015 5:23:00 PM

 

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Those who’ve never seen the sun rise over the winter desert have missed one of God’s most spectacular creations. First, there is a narrow strip of tequila sunrise color sharply contrasted by the jagged black skyline. The gradual warming of the cold eastern sky illuminates the highest hills behind you first, turning them into a warm pink color while the desert floor stays dark. The shapes of the washes and ridges bristle with prickly pear and manzanilla bushes. Gradually, almost imperceptibly, it becomes daylight. On this morning, a thin veil of clouds covered the sky for the YMCA’s High Desert Youth Pheasant Hunt promising to keep the dogs from overheating, even if the kids were a little cold.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

What's a Beretta Trident Lodge? Try Joshua Creek!

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 13, 2015 2:00:00 PM

upland-hunting-joshua-creek-lodge As often happens, this quail had no desire to conform to the well planned flush we’d set up. Instead of flying away from us and across the field, he popped up and flew right between our guide, Ryan Trovato, and my wife, Cherie. I realized Cherie’s view of the bird was obstructed by a tree so I took the shot. The bird fell in a little copse of oaks. “No problem,” Ryan said, “we were going to go that way next, anyway.”

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Upland Hunting Etiquette

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 3, 2015 9:03:00 AM

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With Hunters in a line, it’s not only safer, but there are more safe directions you can shoot. Photo credit Travelsd.com

A while back, I hunted with Mike Johnson, a friend who runs the Clinton House Game Preserve in Clinton, South Carolina. My son in law, Jeff Jordan, had just begun training his first Boykin spaniel. Mike owns some of the best bird dogs I’ve ever hunted over, and his Tillie is the best flushing dog I’ve ever hunted over. It was a treat for Jeff to get to hunt over Tillie and he was full of questions. As we walked up on Mike’s pointer, Tank, who was locked up like a concrete yard ornament, Jeff asked, “Why did you decide to get a Boykin as a flushing dog?” Mike’s reply was, “I got tired of walking out in front of loaded guns.”

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland