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Trap shooters, I need some help

bpostbpost Member Posts: 32,611 ✭✭✭✭

Before my neck surgery I could shoot my Browning Citori like a laser beam. I put a going away bird just above the bead and it broke. Left or right birds were the same, easy to bust with just a bit of leading.

I shot trap Wednesday night and had a heck of a time busting birds. The bird had to be completely covered by the barrel to bust it and I did not see it break unless I dropped the gun after firing fast enough. Left or right birds really frustrated me with darn few hit. I got to the the point that away birds were smoked but found it frustrating having to bury the bird under the bead to hit it.

What can I do to my gun or cheek weld to help me hit more birds? I would like to get back to putting the bird on top of the bed and hitting it but I don't know what to change to do that.


  • MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,362 ✭✭✭✭

    Add more height to the comb. You may be experiencing some stiffness in your neck that has changed your 'cheek weld' or maybe the stiffness is now gone and you're cheeking the stock harder?

  • BobJudyBobJudy Member Posts: 6,200 ✭✭✭✭

    @Mobuck has it right, add a little height to the comb. I assume your Citori has two beads and if you add a small amount to the comb so that the beads look a bit like a figure 8 when lined up it will raise your pattern. Bob

  • forgemonkeyforgemonkey Member Posts: 862 ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 16

    Try this ,,,,,,, from website.

    “Ah, the joys of heavy metal. If your gun shoots too flat, there’s nothing easier to remedy. Go to your local pharmacy and get a package or two of Dr. Scholl’s moleskin for tired feet, bunions, corns, calluses and low stocks. Cut it in strips and stick it onto the top of the comb. Lay the stuff on until you get the point of impact where you want it. Yes, you will alter the sight picture, but you can get used to small changes.

    How high you want the gun to shoot is up to you. Put a little moleskin on and try it. Add and subtract until it feels right. Take you time and shoot a good bit before finalizing. Don’t do it all in one or two days. Remember not to put the moleskin over the side of the stock unless you want to decrease cast. Just on the top where you cheek bone goes. If you don’t like moleskin, tape of any sort will do, but moleskin is faster because it’s thicker.”

    Or, if you’re handy with tools ,,,,,,

  • bpostbpost Member Posts: 32,611 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks guys! I will try the moleskin and see if that helps.

  • toad67toad67 Member Posts: 12,809 ✭✭✭✭
  • MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,362 ✭✭✭✭

    If you don't want to put anything self adhesive on your stock, start with a double wrap of 'Vet-Wrap'. Might be enough or maybe you'll need more. Be careful that you don't add too much to the cheek dimension while making the comb higher.

    I coached an FFA trap team to state finals using a bunch of non-descript guns ranging from an a Stevens single shot to a Remington 1100 goose gun to a classic Browning Auto5. I know how to make odd fitting guns fit and hit.

  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 65,596 ******

    Did you happen to change trap ammo? Are you using the proper choke tube?

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    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
    And drink it from a fountain
    That is pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain
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