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Review: Browning Citori XS Special Over and Under Shotgun

I bought my Browning Citori XS Special after having decided to go all-in and become a competitive skeet shooter. A new gun was in my future because while my Stoeger Condor is a great field gun, it just wasn’t set-up to be a competition clay buster. This review is done the same way I do most of mine – after ...

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Setting Up Your Shotgun For Sporting Clays

Sporting clays is a refreshing change from the predictability of skeet and the limited variability that the game of trap offers (44 degrees side to side, 5 set positions, 8-12 foot throw height, 16 yd line, etc). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy shooting Skeet and Trap, it’s just nice having something totally different to challenge my shooting ability – ...

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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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Review: Franchi Diamond Over and Under

I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but over the years, Dick’s Sporting Goods (dickssportinggoods.com) has worked with gun manufacturers to provide models of weapons that are available exclusively through Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Franchi Diamond is an example of one of those weapons. I’d purchased the weapon in October of 2010 and have since cycled over 3000 rounds ...

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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 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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Heading out to the NSSA World Skeet Championship

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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Review: Stoeger Condor Over and Under Shotgun

Most reviews take a gun out of the box, take a few pictures, shoot maybe 25 or 50 rounds out of it and then write it up. I could have done the same thing last year when I bought the Stoeger Condor with 12 and 20 gauge barrel set, but I decided to put several thousand rounds through it so ...

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Reloading Station Setup

I currently have three reloaders for shotshells. Two MEC 600 Jr single-stage presses for 28 and .410 and an MEC grabber progressive reloader for 12 gauge. I am practicing 12 gauge for skeet at the moment and that progressive really turns out shells.  Each pull of the handle yields a shell, where the single-stage presses take six handle pulls, moving ...

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