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Ah Well Going To Have Another Bad Tomorrow.

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by fatplumber, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. fatplumber

    fatplumber Engaging Member

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    On the clays, I wonder if I can improve on my miserable performance last time. :facepalm:
     
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    Does your gun fit you?
    Remember to keep swinging as you pull the trigger, lots of people stop the gun as they pull the trigger.
    Be in front of the clay, you may just hit it, you'll never hit it if your behind it.
    Go watch some shotkam clay shooting videos, see where your gun to clay needs to be
     
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    So many variable answers to your question FP, eg have you had any tuition, gun fitting etc? You don't say at what level you are at, but if you've had a few lessons and a gun fitted to you, then practice is key. Keep at it mate but most of all.....enjoy it.:thumb:
     
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    Could go on all night with advice. BUT best I ever got was. AIM TO MISS IN FRONT!
     
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    Don't ffs go there thinking you're going to shoot poorly, think positively and start on an easy stand it you're allowed, build a bit of confidence.
     
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    Nothing like a positive approach.
    Relax and enjoy yourself.
     
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    Whenever I start missing more than I’m happy with I go back to basics and pre mount the gun ready for the clay to be released from the trap. It removes the “mounting the gun” variable out of the equation so you can focus on the clay.
     
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    I find I just cant shoot gun up. I start concentrating on the barrel. Gun down I dont even see where the barrel is! Only see the clay. Each to his own. Before you even go to the clay ground your mount should be perfect. Practice on that spider inn the corner of your bedroom!
     
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    You don't say what discipline you are shooting but this is how I go about it. In the past I have had guys come to me and ask if I would teach them to shoot clays. Most of them had a suitable gun that was a reasonable fit so I would say ok. At the ground after a bit of safety chat I would take them to the DTL range and say 'come on let's see how you shoot these'. When they are hitting 18/20ex25 we move on to the skeet range and go through the same process, Only when they are getting proficient at both was a visit to the Sporting layout suggested, too soon and my shooter would get disheartened with a low score, however, this may take weeks and some do not have the perseverance. My logic is that in what you have learnt at Skeet and DTL has covered most of what will be met at Sporting and you should have some idea on how to go about it. Crossing birds, going away and driven in some form or another have been successfully shot and now what has been learnt can be applied to sporting. Many shooters can see shot in the air and if you ask one of them to stand behind when you shoot they can tell you where you miss so on the next bird you can adjust your aim. There's an old video out there called 'Move, mount and shoot' by John Bidwell, find it, watch it, apply what he shows and your shooting will improve dramatically.
     
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    Not as bad as last time but my grandson, for whom I arranged this, shot like a pro. :confused:
     
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    Just seen the title it wasn’t meant to be bad but bash! :facepalm:

    Well thanks for all the responses chaps. I don’t have my own gun and this was my second outing at Polowood in Falmer. I’d never shot clays before and the last time I picked up a shotgun was 1968. Mostly I’d shot bunnys, pigeon and the odd pheasant. I have shot more rimfire and 303 than game. Still I love it but I’d prefer a nice walk with some rough shoot involved. Pigeon are a lot easier than clays.
     

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