Re: SHOTGUN SUGGESTIONS
That might be an issue then.. Let me think..
You may have to go with an O/U. Probably a purpose built 20 ga as they will be lighter and slimmer than a 12. I did some work on an older Beretta O/U a week or so ago for a guy. It was perfectly built for a lady shooter. Had a raised cheek and everything and extremely trim at the wrist. Whole thing with 26" tubes weighed about 5 pounds.
You could always consider going with a shorter barrel. General consensus on shotguns for sporting competition have at least 28" barrels but it Just isnt the case nowadays. Propellants are so much more efficient and load components too that you can get excellent performance from a short barreled shotgun. I shoot clays with a 20" SXS and a 19" pump. both 12 gauges, and do pretty well.
If you took that 1100 and had the barrel shortened to 20 or 22" and the chokes re-installed youd easily shave a pound or so off the weight and it would help the balance tremendously.
Point im getting at here is its very difficult for a small stature shotgunner such as yourself to get into the sport cost effectively. You will most likely need some custom fitting to realize your full performance potential and that can get very pricey. Sticking with the rem 1100 if you can will keep the less expensive aftermarket parts available to you, and help keep you on the line shooting clay birds.
How is it heavy to you Beth?? Muzzle heavy? or just heavy overall?
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