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Trap is not something I considered myself ever having an interest it, but that has recently changed. Plenty of trigger time under my belt, but since I was a single digit youngster, almost none of it has been spent shooting trap.

Have read several websites on essential gear, but am seeking general input regarding starting off, or specifically, actual make/models of shotguns to purchase that are trap specific.

First time going in over 2 decades, I had brought my 20g. 870 Express and 12g. 870 Wingmaster and shot low 20s, but got those snobby looks from those with pretty breakactions.

Seems U/O is the way to go, with models starting around $500 that look appealing, going upwards of $1,500+.

Any input from those with some experience? I adopt the "buy the best you can afford" philosophy, but unwilling to spend high-end AR15 money on something I am completely new at.
 

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I haven't shot trap in decades but this I know....the guns you purchased are absolutely as good as the expensive over/under. I used a Remington 20ga pump and while not in the masters class could easily average mid 20's. My uncle who was a master and also shot a pump 20.
 

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Practice up and then let your shooting do the talking. Do not worry about the snobbery. Better guns do not make better shooters. Better shooters do not snob newbies to the club either. Go have fun; trap at a good club, is great fun and a wonderful experience.
 

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I get the assumption most of your trigger time has been with pistols.


So challenge your snobby friends to a round whilst shooting with a Taurus Judge with 410 shells. Of course you can practice up on the sly first, then see who is snobby.

BTW, I was born and raised and my children born and raised in Northern Illinois (La Salle county)

Pudge


Edit: Forgot to mention. This is more feasible with skeet, but after the trap league shooting was over some of us used to do this where everyone stood right behind the trap house for about 10 rounds just for fun. It actually sharpens shooters reflexes because you have to get the bird quickly before it gets out of range for the Judge.
 

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A proper shotgun is important in trap shooting which is about the total experience not just scores. A good gun adds to the experience.

You wouldn't go wrong with a 12ga 30" Beretta Silver Pigeon. At $1600 NIB you'll have a quality gun that won't break the bank or get as much of the snob treatment.
 

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I don’t shoot trap but u do shoot sporting clays. I use a 1963 Browning A5. I feel like the guy with the old mustang parked next to a brand new Corvette. The mustang gets the same amount of looks.

Paid $300 for the gun. I just got an old 1100 that I cleaned up. I prefer the autos.

I am not cheap per se as I have some pricey guns but I shoot as well as those with the fancy guns.

If I wanted to get really serious about pigeons I would probably find a nicer gun.
 

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First time going in over 2 decades, I had brought my 20g. 870 Express and 12g. 870 Wingmaster and shot low 20s, but got those snobby looks from those with pretty breakactions.

Seems U/O is the way to go, with models starting around $500 that look appealing, going upwards of $1,500+.
Unless you're shooting doubles trap, you don't really need an O/U but if you want to try other clay games then an o/u makes sense, as do autos.

There is a trap model 870, they're very popular. Just makes sure the length of pull is correct before you buy anything, that's important when it comes to shotguns.
 

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Here is my $300 1100 🙂

I had to spend two hours cleaning it and getting it to run. I bought some cheap plastic furniture for it.

Also re-blued a few scratches and ceramic coated it. All in...$375.

In truth, I over paid. Didn’t know it was as bad as it was. But I have a lot of extra parts including a tube speed loading equipment that I don’t plan to use.

Will use it for sporting clays and 3 gun.
 

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I do not think it matters how much you $ spend on a trap gun? Rem 870, 1100, 1187,V3 all very popular and can be good trap guns, 870 can be a tank and hold up well to the continues pounding, I just recently got back into it after 35 years as my son showed some interest. so after shooting 3 times a week with a 1100, I now go shoot with my son, I bought him a Benelli SuperSport and after a few rounds with a 11/87, I now have a Browning 725,32"HR,Adjustable comb.( bought at Reeds outdoors after having one fit to me at a local trap shooting club and with some help. I now like it more than my 1100, or 1187.
More important then the brand is how the gun fits you. Have someone set you up its more important then buying a expensive gun and not being able to have it fit you properly and then struggling.
I find that a 60 year old and 21 year find lots of quality time shooting trap and to me is worth every cent as is pistol shooting with him also, plus Im sure my son will hopefully enjoy many types of shooting sports throughout his life time and maybe one day with his family also.
It really is some quality time for me to have that kind of interest and competition and learning from each other and many friends at the trap shooting ranges that are happy to share. I love pistol shooting for my lifetime and now also really enjoy shooting trap 2 or 3 times a week , especial when my son is home from college. Good Luck and break them all!
 
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870 Wingmaster TB circa 1960's

I took my daughter trap shooting this past weekend and used my trusty OLD 870. After my round a couple of guys shooting O/U's came over and said, I haven't seen a perfect round in a while. I may have to go and pull out my 870!!
 

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Trap guns are the most compromised of the shotguns for sport.
Large stocks with a flat comb, long barrels with wide ribs and mid beads being popular. Usually designed to put 70% or more of the pattern above the aiming point. Heavy.
If you really get into the game - the price of the gun is incidental and $14,000 is about the starting point for Krieghoff or Perazzi unsingles (34” under-barrel only on an O/U frame) although the KX-6 is half the price. You will spend far more on your memberships, ammo, and entry fees plus travel. But the gun will retain most of its value.
If you are new to the game, I would recommend a quality sporting O/U in the $2,500+ range and get it fitted and pass through the clay to get the shot rise, or get an adjustable rib. A moleskin comb pad can make up for its taper and recoil reducers can make the gun heavier and keep you from getting punch drunk or flinching after 300 rounds at the 27 yard line.
I couldn’t afford a dedicated trap gun and bought a 30” Browning 425 Sporting 20 years ago and it has served well at trap, and now sporting clays with a little skeet thrown in as well. Worth more now than when I bought it too.
I do have a purpose-built Beretta Trap-Special I bought for $150 20 years ago too - but it is very similar to an H&R Topper and definitely a budget 1960’s period piece :)
Cheers!
 

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I agree that you do not need a fancy gun to shoot the game. You just bring whatever you have that is kosher for your range - I even like to shoot ‘inappropriate’ guns :)
A regular Remington 870 is a great gun - although the home defense 18” cylinder choke gun isn’t totally germane to the game.
Rudy’s famous Remington 870 is a dedicated trap gun with a big stock with Monte Carlo comb, high rib custom barrel to give proper high pattern, and a Timney trigger. Remington has a trap model 870 available, but MSRP is over $1100.
Flying targets that explode when hit are so much fun - you will want a sporting gun. Show up with any kind of gun and see what others are shooting. I know I always bring an extra gun and am glad to let someone try it out with their factory ammo.
Go shoot first - borrow a gun - ask a friend... You won’t really know what you want until you try a few.
 

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A plain Jane BT99 or an 870 can break 25 once you learn how to shoot.
The 870 allows a second shot on the larger pieces when the right ROs are present.
That's a 870 Super Mag and with 3.5" is in 458WinMag territory. :D

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Might try loading some shot in my BUG as well. ;)
 

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