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Introducing a New Shooter to Skeet

I’ve been a wing-hunter for decades, sporting clays shooter for years and a skeet shooter for months. Suddenly, my wife decided that she wanted to give skeet a try. First off, she’s small.. scratch that .. tiny. 4’11” (4’11 and 1/2″ if you ask her) and about 115 pounds soaking wet. If she was going to enjoy the experience, I ...

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NSSA World Skeet Championship: Day Five

In yesterday’s shoot I had shot well. A 97/100 was a great score, but it wasn’t enough to earn a medal – fourth place by a slim margin. On Day Five, I was shooting the 28 gauge event and needed to improve over my mini-world 28 gauge score of 90/100 as a matter of pride if nothing else. The weather ...

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NSSA World Skeet Championship: Day Four

Having shot a sub-par set of 12 gauge events yesterday, I was determined to shine in the 20gauge event on my fourth day of competition.  During the mini’s I had a not-so-great 20 gauge round and it’s the gauge I practice the most. The weather was a carbon copy of yesterday and the day before – clear skies, wind, mid-to-upper ...

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NSSA World Skeet Championship: Day Three

Day one and day two both ended with a medal in my hands, but day three would be much different. The weather wasn’t any different than the last 2 days. Sunny, clear skies, light breeze in the morning turning to spiraling somewhat windy conditions in the afternoon. Today, I’d be shooting the two part 12 gauge event in the World ...

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NSSA World Skeet Championship: Day Two

Yesterday resulted in a championship medal in 12 gauge and a lesson in energy management. I took that lesson into the second day of shooting – Sunday, October 2nd – at the NSSA shooting complex in the mini-world skeet event. First Event – 20 guage (4 boxes = 100 targets) Saturday had gotten started just after noon with a final ...

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NSSA World Skeet Championship: Day One

Arriving at the NSSA shooting complex in San Antonio was a first in itself. But not only had I never been to the complex, I had yet to shoot my first NSSA registered skeet target. I was going to go through the World Skeet Championship as a rookie. Being a rookie means all of the confusion of not really knowing ...

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Heading out to the NSSA World Skeet Championship

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Nine months of preparation is about to be taken to the field. I started shooting skeet this year and in February decided that this was going to be the start of my run for the 2012 Rookie All-American honor. I shared my early practice rounds and routines in “The Trail to San Antonio”. Lately, it’s been all business as I prepared to ...

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Claybuster 1034-20 3/4oz 20 gauge Wad [Recipe and Review]

As lead prices rise, it’s always nice to find another way to reduce shooting costs. It is even nicer when that comes with the promise of even lighter kick out of my 20 gauge practice loads. Last weekend I picked up a relatively new offering from Claybuster: their new 20 gauge 3/4oz wad designated CB-1034-20.  The “new” wad is really ...

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12 gauge Skeet Practice Load

*update* – I have switched to using 20 gauge for my skeet practice as I shoot 20 gauge even in the 12 gauge events. For that practice load recipe – go here: 20 gauge 3/4 ounce target load Now that I’m shooting several hundred skeet targets per week, I need a load that doesn’t kick as much, doesn’t cost as ...

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Converging Lead in Skeet

In a previous post, I shared some Vincent Hancock videos that demonstrate the three basic shotgun leads.  Swing-through, pull-ahead and sustained lead.  I had been a sustained lead fan for skeet for all of December, 2010 (when I started learning the game).  After my first lesson (with the guy that is now my coach), I learned there is a fourth ...

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