Originally Posted by BETH
can't you use same shotgun for skeet and trap?
No BETH, a true trap gun is a bit of a strange bird. First off it is always a 12 gauge. The barrels are most always full choked and at least 30" long. Most are 32 to 34 inches long. The stock is fitted to the gun in such a away causing it to shoot high. This done because as the clay bird is rising from the trap house you do not have to "cover it up" with a trap gun like you would have to do with a field gun. Once the bird of covered you can no longer see it or judge the lead all of which a trap gun allows you to do.
Also the clay bird from the "trap fly" in many different directions from in front and away from you as the machine throwing the birds is continually oscillating back and forth in an arc. You stand in a straight line behind and parellel to the trap house and move along this line shooting five shots from five different stations from one end to the other. As one starts off shooting trap it is shot 16 yards from the trap house, as one gets better at it you "handi cap" yourself by moving back further away to the farthest position which is 27 yards causing you to have to break the bird in the 40+ yard range hence the full choke.
A skeet gun fits much like any field gun and can be any gauge including a 410. Most always has a 28" or even shorter barrel and is choked very little. Skeet clay birds are thrown from two different houses, one at each end of an arched path called a "high house" and "low house" with the bird always traveling in the exact path each time. The shooter moves in an arc starting with his back to the high house having to shoot two birds thrown at the same time with one coming at him from the low house and one going away from him at the high house. The shooter moves along this arched path ending up with his back to the low house again with a bird coming at him from the high house and one going away from him at the low house. The last two shots are shot by the shooter standing dead in the middle of the two houses were the low house bird is literally only a few feet off the very end of the guns barrel when broken and if done right one often has to duck his head not to be hit with clay fragments.
An auto loader (I shoot a Remington 1100) or over under works best but you will often see a lot old timers shooting model 12 pump guns doing very well. As one gets better he handicaps himself by shooting the smaller gauged gun. There is an 89 year old guy at our range that shoots a model 42 (like a model 12 but in 410) and just kicks my butt with me shooting a 20 gauge.
I hope that helps,