kdang wrote:Hi everyone.
A co worker of mine brought me out to try trap shooting a couple months ago and I really enjoyed it. I used a Mossberg Maverick 88. 7 targets on the first round and 9 on the second. Perhaps some beginner's luck. Anyhow, I enjoyed it so much that I decided I would like to take up the sport. I was wondering if I may ask your opinions and/or suggestions on what I have narrowed down to be I guess my top two choices for my first shotgun.
I don't think much has to be said about the Remington 870 Express. It seems to have a pretty good reputation. The best price I could find was $450. The only things I wanted to point out that it only comes with a modified choke out of the box, and if I ever (a big if....) then I would need to purchase a full choke later on. I understand a single RemChoke can be about $40 (thereby bringing the price up to about what the SXP Trap costs).
The other shotgun I was contemplating was the Winchester SXP Trap gun, running for $490. It only comes in 30" and 32" barrels. It features a Monte Carlo comb, which I suppose would be more suitable for trap. It comes with full, improved modified and modified chokes out of the box. Through some research, I also found out that it has a relatively heavy trigger pull (averaging 10 lbs). Is that too heavy of a pull for trap?
Obviously, I am completely new to this, and perhaps I'm just over thinking too much. And fit should be the most important thing. But still wanted to ask your opinions on these guns if anyone has shot them.
Just for reference, I am 5'9 and 175 lbs. The salespeople at the shops I have visited have all said I should be shooting a 28" barrel apparently. Thanks in advance everyone.
kdang wrote:Thanks for the advice marspball. The Monte Carlo comb is definitely appealing. Perhaps my cheek might thank me?!
The odd thing is, in terms of weight, the 870 weighs 7.5 lbs with a 28" barrel. Even with a barrel 2" longer than the 870, the SXP trap only weighs 6.5 lbs. I'm wondering if I should just pick up the guns and see which feels more balanced? Problem is, I couldn't find any local shops that have the sxp trap in stock at the moment.
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