Trap Shooting Tips

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  1. Tmergen24

    Tmergen24 New Member

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    Been shooting trap biweekly for about a year and a half now but i cant seem to get past 23 out of 25 any advice
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    do you seem to do better at the beginning of a shoot and get worse as you go or ??
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    yah by about the 3rd or 4th round of the day im usually shooting a between 18 or 20
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    common enough , its a stamina thing , folks think swinging a shotgun around for a while is easy , take a look at the top shooters , they all have upper body and lower back excersize routines , do like wise build up your upper body so you dont flag so fast and then you should be improving ..

    good luck eh ..
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    Don't miss......
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    That's a good one .....
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    practice... I've shot a 2 perfect rounds of skeet my whole life and that was before I was married and spent 4 days a week at the skeet range; wasn't able to shoot very much for a 3 year period afterwards and my scores suffered as a result. As with most things, most people can't shoot a perfect round on any given day, let alone average near perfect.

    So unless you dedicate many hours and $$ on a regular basis, don't expect 25 every time. 23 is a very good score btw...
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    Thanks and I shoot on a team so I prolly shoot 40 to 50 rounds of trap every 2 to 3 months not a whole lot but I'd think I'd see improvement.
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    I had the same problem until another shooter told me to stand in the #5 position facing in the direction of about 2 o'clock. That gave me enough flexibilityto swing on the extreme right targets. Of course fatigue and physical condition make a difference.
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    When you get to 25, then it will be 50 - 75 - 100 - 200. I've done 100's before but never 200, a few 199's. Practice Practice Practice. Take each target as the first, broke plenty of 24's & dumped the last due to lack of concentration.
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    I always try to put too much lead on trap targets as I'm primarily a skeet shooter; when I just aim right at the sucker it blows up every time! put it on the leading edge, 1oz of #8 seems to be my favorite lately.

    what flavor gun are you using BTW? what choke? just curious
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    you need someone to watch you and tell you what youre doing wrong.
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    For about ten years, mostly the late 70s and through the 80s, I shot both skeet and trap. It took me about two years to become proficient but I finally ended up shooting competition, in Skeet, in 12ga and .410, in individuals and on a team. I have shot many perfect rounds but it didn't come easy. Back then I would shoot 3 or 4 rounds, at least 3 times a week and often more. I was really pretty good from when I first started but, like you, I could not put it all together and shoot the perfect rounds.

    The solution for me, was hiring a trainer. Back in the day, for $15 the trainer would walk with you through the round and help you with stance, swing, trigger pull and even how to call "Pull" correctly and so on. I use to shoot in Illinois, at the Lincoln Park Skeet and Trap Range and at the Northbrook Range. Most of the time there were trainers hanging around and you could hire one whenever. Both ranges allowed for them. During my second year of shooting, I must have used a trainer 20 maybe 25 times. My favorite was an elderly woman who had been an Illinois State Champion, several years in a row, in .410 and 28ga.

    Anyway, I am rambling too much. By the 10th or 12th time I used a trainer, I was shooting 100s more often than not! However, every once and awhile, even after I started braking 100s, I would hire a trainer to go out with me.
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    have a video tape done of u shooting and send it to Bobski
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    Most of the kids that I work with in our youth trap shoots have the same problems that most adults have, they do not follow through on the shots and they always shoot just behind the target. The place where these kids used to shoot before I put a trap range in at my house had an old man that would yell and cuss at them when they missed a target and also do the same if they just got a chip off of a target. He is the main reason that I put my range in. A hit is a hit in trap but if you can show these kids that they are getting a piece off of the right side of a hard left target then they will see that they are hitting behind the rock with most of their shot. I praise these kids on any hits that they get but still use it to show them what they are doing. We have one kid that is just 9 years old and when he first shot with us this past April he was getting 5 and 6 out of 25. Four months later and he is now 16 out of 25.
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    Part of the problem could be I'm using a 870 with no rib I'd about kill for a nice trap gun
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    there it is, the classic oh by the way, im shooting piece of crap...and wonder why i cant hit anything......:bleh::p:D

    get a real trap gun and start doing better. success costs.
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    It helps but it won't break em for ya..............

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  20. aa1911

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    if you're going to be a serious trap shooter, a dedicated gun is certainly a good idea. That being said, I've also done plenty of straight rounds of trap with my 870. I've used an 870 for well over a decade, even in my serious skeet days, not the preferred boomstick but it works!

    I'm also a wierdo, so doing what I do may not be the best for ya! Save up for a good over under.
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