Helping You Get the Most From Your Hunting Dogs
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Since no two Sporting Clays courses are alike and target angles and speed at individual stations may be changed from time to time, it is difficult for shooters to "groove in" as they might in trap or skeet. As a result, Sporting Clays scores are generally not as high as the scores in traditional clay target games such as trap and skeet. For example, the average necessary for a AA classification in trap is 97%. In Sporting, the average necessary for a AA rating is 80% for the United States Sporting Clays Association (USSCA) and 75% for the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA). The typical field gunner will break 35-40% of the targets on his first attempt and 50% is a reasonable goal for a shooter getting started in Sporting Clays. New shooters can attain a classification after shooting 300 (classification) targets.
Sporting Clays is by no means an exclusively competitive game. Indeed, more shooters participate just for the fun of it and to get in some excellent practice for hunting seasons.
Firearms: Sporting Clays is essentially a field game and an upland gun is well suited to this shooting sport. The most popular guns for this game, especially on the competition side, are 12 gauge autoloaders and
over/unders. Hunters who prefer the 20 gauge may certainly use their smaller gauge guns on the Sporting Clays course. Sporting Clays courses occasionally sponsor 20 gauge shoots. Skeet, improved cylinder and modified, are the chokes most often used in this game. It’s not uncommon for the avid Sporting Clays shooter to use interchangeable choke tubes to accommodate different stations during a round.
Ammunition: Trap and skeet shotshells (shot sizes #9, #8, and #7-1/2) are the appropriate loads for Sporting Clays. Rules prohibit the use of shot sizes larger than #7-1/2, more than 1-1/8 ounces of shot or a powder charge in excess of 3-1/4 dram equivalent.
More shooters participate just for the fun of it and to get in some excellent practice for hunting seasons.
Sporting Clays had its origins in the United Kingdom more than 60 years ago where it was first developed as a teaching and practice layout for developing wingshooting skills. Introduced to the United States in the early 1980s, Sporting Clays is the fastest growing of all the shotgun sports. More than several hundred courses have been established throughout the country and there are many more informal courses at smaller gun clubs and shooting preserves.
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