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Old 08-15-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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my wife would like to get into shooting trap/skeet. Since I have never done that type of shooting I cant lead her in the right direction, so I am coming here for help. Her biggest problem will be finding a shotgun with low recoil that she will find comfortable to shoot

I'm guess that a 20. Gauge would be her best bet, but could be wrong.

If anyone has any input as to guns or things we should look for or stay away from please let me know.
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:55 PM   #2
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I have an older Remington 1100 20 gauge that is known to kick very little. It is a gas operated semi-automatic. I would rule out a pump if recoil is an issue. Im sure others with more experience will chime in.
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:14 PM   #3
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I've been doing a lot of research lately on this. I would recommend the Franchi in 20 gauge for a lady unless she is of stature to handle the 12. You can get one for 1300.00 or is you really want to drop some coins go ahead and get the Krieghoff like the shot in Rio.
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appreciate the input as this is her first time trying this im not looking to invest a lot of money into until I know its something she wants to stick with
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appreciate the input as this is her first time trying this im not looking to invest a lot of money into until I know its something she wants to stick with
Look for any typical wing shooting 20 gauge then and take her to shoot clays at the range. Once she shoots she'll get a feel for what she wants in a gun.
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Trap is tradionally a 12 gauge sport because Of the distances involved.

Competition skeet takes place in 12, 20, 28 and .410.

Degree of difficulty is similar in 12, 20 and 28; .410 is difficult and not a place to start.

Most serious shooters use over/unders but autos are fine, and many shoot an auto in the 12 gauge event for reduced recoil, while others shoot their 20 gauge o/u in the 12 gauge event to minimize recoil, or use reduced 1oz or 7/8oz loads in their 12 gauge barrel.

Weight is the most effective way to control recoil. Most serious shooters add weight to their guns, 8 to 9 pound guns are common, including women.

A 20 gauge Remington 1100 with possibly added weight in the magazine tube and butt stock would be a good economical choice.
An older "pre-lightweight" model would be preferred.

Last but perhaps most important, the gun needs to fit her properly, or the whole project will likely be a failure.
Specifically, the stock needs to be the right length and height for her with a recoil pad.
One more vote for the 20 gauge 1100, there are a lot of "youth models" out there, which have a shorter stock with a recoil pad that fits many women quite well.

Regardless, shortening the stock and installing a recoil pad is a pretty simple task.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:49 AM   #7
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I have a Franchi 720. Absolutely a perfect shotgun for ladies and or youngsters.

Lightweight and low recoil. 3 different chokes make it a very accurate gun for Trap and Skeet.

PM me if you would like any more info or are interested in buying it. Much cheaper than the price estimate in the above post......
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My gf shoots a 12 gauge Remington 870. It's a full size but cut the stock down and put a limsaver recoil pad on it. She's only 5'2 and 120lbs and shoots it just fine. And she shoots skeet very well with it. The 870 is a very affordable shotgun and will last forever
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Appreciate all the info guys, I know she will benefit most from shooting different guns.

Now, my next question.

Do y'all know of a place where she can try out guns before I buy them only to find out it's not the gun for her?
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Also looking for an 1100 20g for my wife if anyone has one for sale
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