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Old 03-22-2016, 12:44 AM   #1
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First time shooting sporting clays

Today was the first time I had ever tried sporting clays. I was at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in northern Phoenix AZ. Was a very nice facility. I tried I think 6 of the 10 or so stations they had. They even had one that simulated a rabbit running across the ground. It was pretty fun. Here is a short slow motion video of me hitting a double pull. Also a video of the rabbit clay. it comes in quick from the left of the screen


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Old 03-22-2016, 05:21 AM   #2
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You've done gone and had your first taste of the crack cocaine of shotgun sports..........soon you'll start shooting those charity/fundraisers and then the allure of competition creeps in. From there it's another new gun mania and planning vacations around the country based on the big blast events held in various places!
That's when you know you've been sucked into the abyss of the dark side and have become a "Clayaholic"................... Hang on tight, the ride can get bumpy at times!
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Howitzer, your video's are locked down as private. I would enjoy seeing them.
I started out on the five-stand and last year shifted over to sporting clays, best move I ever made in regards to clay sports.(except acquiring a Benelli)
I joined the NSCA(National Sporting Clays Association) and fell into the GA sporting clays circuit which offers a wide variety of venues and locations within a comfortable driving distance at a reasonable cost. This works well for me, I enjoy shooting at different courses, get to meet lots of friendly shooters and enjoy the facilities ranging from tiny cabins to huge exclusive resorts. Next Saturday I shoot at the "Big Red Oak Plantation" near Gay, GA. I have never shot there before and that adds to the fun, a new unknown place to shoot.


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You will like BRO, Lo! I reffed the GA State (and National FITASC Gran Prix there last year. Nice folks, real pretty grounds.
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Howitzer, your video's are locked down as private. I would enjoy seeing them.



Fixed...I think so anyways.

I was by myself out there yesterday. Im sure the delay beeps gave that away. I plan on going back, but it was $10 bucks a round. Seemed a little steep. Or if that's the going price, it might be a privilege rather than a regular occurrence. And yes I know shooting isn't a cheap hobby.
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Please define "round". In sporting clays that is typically 100 targets, which around here run $40-$50/100.
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Originally Posted by oneounceload View Post
Please define "round". In sporting clays that is typically 100 targets, which around here run $40-$50/100.
At this range I paid for two rounds, of 25 clays each
That adds up to $40 for 100 clays. So if your paying. 40-50/100 I guess that's about the going rate. It just seems a little steep. I don't know. I guess I figured that it would be more close to price of skeet/trap which at this range was 6$ a round I think.
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Originally Posted by BedroomHowitzer View Post
At this range I paid for two rounds, of 25 clays each
That adds up to $40 for 100 clays. So if your paying. 40-50/100 I guess that's about the going rate. It just seems a little steep. I don't know. I guess I figured that it would be more close to price of skeet/trap which at this range was 6$ a round I think.
Trap requires 1 machine; skeet requires 2; both only require one type of target; a 14 station sporting clays course needs 28 machines that have to be amortized. They also use standard targets, midis, minis, rabbits, and battues. and require a LOT more land, so costs are a LOT more.
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Originally Posted by oneounceload View Post
Trap requires 1 machine; skeet requires 2; both only require one type of target; a 14 station sporting clays course needs 28 machines that have to be amortized. They also use standard targets, midis, minis, rabbits, and battues. and require a LOT more land, so costs are a LOT more.


I guess that makes...when you break it down like that.
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skeet and trap is the poor mans clay game.
lucky for me, I prefer it!
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