For shotgunner inmates:

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Duck_Pilot, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Duck_Pilot

    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    The time has come for me to tune-up my scattergun skills, in preparation for Arizona quail season's opening weekend tradition. I plan to visit Colorado Clays tomorrow morning, Labor Day, shortly after they open @ 9:AM.... and the following 3 Sundays at the same time of day. I use one of their "Colorado Trap" ranges to get re-acquainted with shooting this time every year, and now they have a new rifle & pistol range open as well. Any inmates that have an interest in target shooting are welcome to join me there. LINKY:

    http://coloradoclays.com/

    A handful of Rockies inmates got to meet Brother Kent on this ride, back on 5/30/2010: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=583850 Cancer took his life in March of 2012. We had an annual tradition of quail hunting together, and we scattered his ashes in the hunting ground last year. This tradition will continue into the future, with a portion of my remains and Kent's favorite hunting partner's ashes laid out there with him when our times are up. We hunt from quads, and it's always a good time - regardless of how many birds we bag. Any inmate friends who may have an interest in hunting with us in the Arizona desert are welcome to PM me for details.
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  2. whiskeyandbikes

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    I work to much these days to go shoot, but I will keep that in mind. We have a pretty good Wed after 4 pm shoot at the American Legion in Boulder. Saturday and Sunday we shoot at noon. Good group of guys if you ever care to join
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  3. Photo82

    Photo82 We're BIG pants people!

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    I'll be up to join you tomorrow at 9am, Duck. One question - do they allow lead shot shells for trap/skeet? It's been decades since I've dusted off the model 12, so I was wondering if most trap clubs restrict their members to steel-shot? I called their center today and only got their answering machine. The web page wasn't clear about this.

    Also, how many rounds do you go, typically?
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  4. Duck_Pilot

    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    Thanks..... I'll keep that in mind. I'm in a seasonal business, so time is well-scheduled on this end as well. I've made up my mind on these dates and times just to make sure they happen, and having company is always welcome. :clap
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    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    :clap It'll be nice to have the company, Friend! Perhaps a bit of lunch on the way home?

    As far as I know, they just limit the size of shot, not the type. I don't think they want an accident out there involving 00-buck. :huh

    I intend to shoot 3 rounds (75 shells total) this time..... my methods are a bit 'unconventional', and the folks at Colorado Clays don't bug me about it. I'll explain that when we get there - it's less of a competitive sport to me than a hunting tune-up.
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    Hey Mr. Duck, If I were closer I would join you in a second. I love breaking sporting clays with the 28 to get ready for quail.
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    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    It was a fairly good first outing today..... I did about as I'd expected. Word of warning to other inmates: Do not betcher lunch money on hitting more targets than that Photo82 guy... :eek1 He missed very few, and most of his hits turned clays into dust! :clap Thanks for coming out to play!

    I took a look at the pistol/rifle range before heading home..... interesting set-up, and very well done. I'll have to get back there sometime after quail season, and see about poking some holes in paper circles.

    Sir Grub..... dunno where ya call home, but I'll be back out there the next three Sunday mornings. Yer welcome to come out and play. :D
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    I'm in Alamosa. I have an old Beretta BL3 12 gauge with a couple sets of barrels for when there is beer on the line but I have really started to enjoy taking the little 28 to the range. With the Beretta I am a low 90's kind of shooter. I have actually shot a few pheasant and close ducks over decoys with it the last couple years, I need to pick pick shots a little more carefully with tough hardy birds but a great time. I am paranoid enough about under-gunning that my recovery rate is higher with it than the big gun :huh. When it really gets cold down here I switch to predator calling and break out the 22-250, that's what I really love.
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  9. Photo82

    Photo82 We're BIG pants people!

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    Good thing Duck_Pilot didn't see the clay pidgeon hit-man I paid to wait behind the "grassy knoll"... (Best $10 I ever spent, and he made my shooting look decent) Thanks for the invite, Duck!
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    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    :clap :rofl :clap
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    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    ...... anyone plan to splatter clays with me in the morning? I'll check-in with this thread around 7:AM, and again before leaving home @ 8:30. If planning to meet there, just ask "Where's Duckie?" at the counter, and you'll be directed to the "wobble traps". There's two of them, side-by-side, out in the Sporting Clays area.....east of the clubhouse, and past the rifle/pistol range building.
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    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    Did a whole lot better this morning than I did last week. Some of Photo82's mojo musta rubbed-off on me. :clap

    Next two Sunday mornings..... same time, same place. :D
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    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    Dunno if I'm gonna hit the range again tomorrow morning..... I'll make that call at 8:30, If it's just cloudy, I'm going.....raining, nope. Still got too much going on, and time would be better spent otherwise.

    If anyone is interested, I'll check back in here @ 8:30 for posts/PM's.
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  14. Photo82

    Photo82 We're BIG pants people!

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    With the threatening showers, I'm going to hold off 'til next week. Now watch it be perfect conditions at the trap site! My shoulder bruise has completely disappeared, and I'm gonna reload those shells I used two weeks ago, and will dig out that remaining 20ga I had for you, Duck. Either way, have a great Sunday!
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    The heavy rains washed out the bridges to the wobble-traps, so I had to settle for one shell per target on the regular traps....didn't to very well at all today. The rain held-off until the tail end my last round, and I finished-up in a bit of drizzle. No problems with conditions.

    Hell, if I don't shoot much better on the 22nd, I may take the time for another session on the 29th....... :huh

    Photo82.... I look forward to shooting with you again next week. :clap
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    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    Weather looks just fine for Sunday morning. If all goes well, this may be my last time out until after the hunt. I'll call tomorrow, and ask if the wobble-traps will be available.... I prefer that set-up. Went to Bass Pro this week, and got some new chokes to try out...got some extra shells, too...... we'll see.
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  17. Photo82

    Photo82 We're BIG pants people!

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    Yah-mo Be there. :wink:
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    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    Such a deal! I didn't manage to call 'em today about the wobble-trap. :huh If they aren't available, I'll be on the regular traps somewhere.... just look for the gold Dakota.

    Anybuddy else wanna come make some noise, feel some recoil, and splatter some clays? I'll check-in here again before leaving @ 8:30. :D
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