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Best beginner skeet gun

Shotgun notes by Donald K. Burleson

August 2011

There are many opinions about the best beginner skeet gun, but there are some general guidelines:

1 - Adjustable: stock length and comb, essential for beginners to get the right fit.

2 - Inexpensive: Don't spend $10,000 for a fine skeet gun until you know what you need!

3 - Accurate:  Always test fire any shotgun before buying it.  Used guns are the best for beginners.

The best beginner skeet gun is an inexpensive "oldie".  The Remington Super X sports super high-quality walnut, gorgeous:

The Remington Super X Model 1 is a great beginner gun at a great price


Older skeet guns often have very high quality walnut stocks

Most important of all, the best beginner gun is one that is adjustable, for a perfect fit, crucial for beginner skeet shooting:

Skeet beginners need a shotgun that can be adjusted as their skill improves

It’s difficult for a beginner to choose the best skeet shot, especially when they are advised by a salesman in a gun shop.  When I started to learn skeet a salesman told me that the best beginner skeet gun was an over-under Franchii field shotgun!

I shot miserably, and it was not until I found an unbiased advisor that I learned that one of the best beginner skeet shotguns in the Winchester Super X Model 1. 

The Super X Model 1 is very easy for a beginner to shoot

I immediate improved my skeet score by 6 shots and I absolutely love the look and feel of the old Super X shotguns.
The Super X Model 1 gets my vote as best beginner shotgun for several reasons:

Fine Walnut stock:  They stopped making the Super X Model because it was too costly, especially the fine walnut burl that they used in the stocks.  This is the best wood stocks in any used shotguns available under $2,000.
Best Price:  You can buy a Super X with a skeet barrel and a skeet barrel for well under $1,000, making it the best value ever for a beginner skeet and sheet gun.
Adjustable comb:  With the Monte-Carol stock you can have ad adjustable comb installed, an absolute requirement for any skeet gun.  In order for a gun to shoot its best you must have a perfect fit, both in stock length and stock height.  You need a firm cheek weld that shows button-over-button on the sights, and an adjustable comb is a necessity.
Semi-automatic:  The semi-automatic feature of the Super X makes it great for skeet doubles, plus it is lighter than traditional heavy skeet shotguns with two barrells.

I now own three Super X model 1 shotguns, and they are without question the best choice for a beginner skeet gun.  They are well-made, cheap and gorgeous, but they do have limitations most importantly that they required a quick cleaning every several hundred rounds.

There is no “best” choice in the high-end trap guns, and the only limit is your pocketbook.  You can easily pay $30,000 for a fine engraved skeet gun, but a nice used skeet gun (Kolar, Benelli, Perazzi, Browning) can be purchased for as little as $1,500.

Note:  I am a beginner in skeet shooting and these notes were gleaned from Charlie Brown , the North Carolina State trap Champion and founder of the Charlie Brown trap and skeet club in Kittrell NC, and a 30 minute drive from Raleigh.



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