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When I first took up shotgun shooting just before Christmas, I was concerned about the recoil from a 12 gauge. Hence, I started out with an inexpensive O/U 20 gauge. It helped me fall in love with clay shooting.

As I progressed, I could see that 12 gauge guns would give me more pellets in the sky, and might help my scores some.

I then made my purchase of both a Pump (Remington 870 TRAP with 30 inch barrel and a Monte Carlo stock) and a Semi-Auto V3. (The V3 was based a lot on Randy's YouTube assessment and the testimony of other owners on this and other sites).

Good choices so far!

I found a window of time on Sunday when no one else was using the skeet range at my local shooting emporium.

I only shot one session as I truly just wanted to get to know my gun somewhat. My first few shot's sounds were louder than I expected, in spite of good hearing protection.

The recoil was more than I anticipated, but not a bother,.... just more of a surprise. Randy said the V3 had one of the softest recoils of any SA 12 gauge. I was happy with everything except my score. Only 9 our of 25.

My scores had been moving up in the ten Skeet rounds I previously shot. 17/18 for 50 felt like progress. Obviously, I have to learn my gun and its capabilities to get back to where I was before.

Today, I again found an empty Trap range. I brought the 870 along with 25 ..one.. ounce loads (recommended by some talented guys on this site.)
The recoil was about what I had been led to believe. At my advanced age of 80 years, I could see that a Limbsaver AirTech cushioned pad would be helpful. It is already ordered!

The pump gun worked flawlessly, once I learned to use some force when pulling the fore-end back quickly. Again, just 9 out of 25 were broken, but the bulk of the shots, according to my young puller, were just below the clay. I know what i have to do, and that is shoot, and shoot some more.

I have no way of patterning these guns for a while, but I see that as a necessary item as soon as I can get a place to do it.

All in all, a great way to start back shotgunning!

Thanks, again, for all of the help and encouragement on this site and the others that I have visited.
 

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Skeet is a muscle memory game - it is the same everywhere and folks get so ingrained that anything slightly off for release to trajectory and they tend to miss. Sporting clays has a different methodology - instead of trying to have perfect scores, you try to hit as many as you can. In either case FIT is crucial as you are moving a gun at moving targets. Without patterning, you have no idea how well (or poorly) that V3 fits you.
 

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Yep, that's my current excuse and I am going with it! Ha Ha..

I remember how, just a few months ago, I felt shooting Skeet the first few times. I missed a lot, but then I started to learn and adjust.

Of course, I have no way to know exactly what is different with this gun versus the first O/U. All I do know, is...... I LIKE THIS SPORT.
 

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OK..Getting a bit better at TRAP. Knocked down 14 out of 25 today. Still a LONG way to go.

Let's see, that makes my lifetime Trap scores 5, 8, 9, 14........ At least the trend is UP! Ha Ha

I did notice the 870's recoil more today than yesterday. I am happy that my Limbsaver recoil pad is on its way.
 

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All shotgun games are about follow through; if you move to the target and miss, are you stopping or lifting your head? Those two things account for more misses than all of the rest combined. If you're not sure, have an experienced shooter watch you
 

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Got a chance to pattern all 3 guns today. Happy to say that the 870 TRAP version shot about 80/20 and the V3 and the O/U 20 gauge were probably near 50/50.

Just what I wanted.
 
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