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Hey you trap shooters, got some questions
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I have a browning Citori 30" tubes, invector plus choke tubes. This shotgun fits me like a custom made gun and I love shooting it.
Do you use the bottom barrel as the primary tube used for 16 yard trap? What chokes are you shooting? What shot size, 7-1/2 or 8's? Do you right handers have trouble hitting the far left to right birds? Where do you hold the gun when calling for the bird?
I'm hardly a 'trap shooter' but here's my thoughts: Using the lower barrel will ease the recoil by keeping the force lower and more in line with the stock.
7.5 or 8 shot? For slower birds, calm wind, and a shooter who 'gets on the bird' quickly I'd lean toward #8.
Choke? Anywhere from improved modified to turkey full depending on distance, speed, wind, and shooter 'quickness'.
Where to hold? When I was coaching the FFA trap team, my suggestion was the closer front corner of the trap house on stations 1, 2, 4, 5. Modify this to suit your style.
Like I said, 'real' trap shooters may tell you I'm full of crap. That's OK with me.
Id agree with Mobuck but I use 7.5 in the winter, and 8 in the summer for the most part. If Im lucky enough to shoot from the back station Id probably also use 7.5. I never use Improved Cyl. Mod. is as open as I go.
I usually use a modified choke at the 16 yd line and either 7.5 or 8's will work fine. As was mentioned the bottom barrel is kinder on your cheek because of less muzzle rise. Mobuck has good advice for where to hold your gun before calling for the target. Judy also shoots a Citori and does quite well with it. Normally trap guns are set to pattern high because of a rising target, so if using a field or sporting clays gun keep that in mind when establishing your lead or you will shoot under the target. Bob
I'm using a low budget CZ 12 ga. I always use the upper barrel and have the IC choke installed, probably a modified on the lower barrel which I never use. I'm using up my #9 shot which I had loaded a bunch of boxes, and when they're gone I'll go to #8's. I have no trouble hitting the birds going across as I'm a better skeet shooter than trap. Everybody here has their gun to the shoulder when calling.
Let’s take this one step at a time.
Thanks, I found this very helpful and will patter my gun as soon as the weather breaks.