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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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San Antonio or Bust – The Trail to World Skeet Competition

As this site is intended to be for shooters of all levels, I thought it might be interesting to document my path to the National Skeet Shooting Association’s (NSSA) 2011 World Skeet Championship in San Antonio, TX.  I am going to compete on a budget, and make an honest attempt at some medals and such.  Hopefully, you will come along ...

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Why Reload?

I was on my local gun club’s forum’s tonight and hit some questions I felt necessary to answer: 1. How many times can a shell be reloaded? 2. Does anyone have a recipe using the supplies available in the shop? I am looking to shoot skeet with a 12 gauge 1 or 7/8 oz load. I have several boxes of Winchester ...

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BoreSnake vs. Traditional Cleaning Kit

I have a nephew and some shooting buddies that rely almost totally on bore snakes for cleaning their shotguns.  While a bore snake is a great choice for a quick cleaning or in-between complete cleanings, it should not be a replacement for a thorough brush and mop session. There are a few main gun-cleaning concepts that demonstrate why the gun ...

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Trying a New Shot Shell Recipe for Sporting Clays

I decided to try a new reloading recipe for sporting clays.  I’ve been reloading for skeet for quite some time, but using retail Remmington gun club and STS loads for sporting clays.  I am starting to shoot enough sporting clays that the rounds were getting a little pricey. Sure, I could have dropped to the promo bricks from Wal-Mart and I have ...

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Taking the Chaos Out of Your Gun Swing

Do you always feel like you don’t have enough time to get the muzzle of your gun at the proper spot to shoot the target in Skeet or Sporting Clays?  If clays and doves always seem to have you catching up to them, consider where you are inserting into their flight path. When I first started bird hunting I was ...

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Pre-Shot Routines for Shotgunners

A buddy of mine, his wife, my son and I were returning from yet another fun day of sporting clays when his wife relayed that she felt like everything was chaotic and that she didn’t feel confident.  To be fair, she hadn’t shot in almost 10 years and had borrowed the shotgun she was using so the gun wasn’t familiar ...

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Seeing Through Your Shotgun

In all of the shotgun sports, any instructor or veteran will tell you that you should be shooting with both eyes open – I’m piling on.  You absolutely should shoot with both eyes open for a multitude of reasons, but you may be struggling with the site picture that doing so presents.  Some talk about seeing two barrels, others about ...

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Best of Both Worlds – Curio Cabinet and Gun Storage

You want more guns, but the gun safe is already stuffed and there is no way your spouse is going to give up more space in the house to another gun safe.  But what if the new gun safe .. wasn’t really a gun safe? My wife is not an avid shooter.  She will plink with the .22 and is ...

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