Thursday, December 21, 2017

North County Sportsman's Club December Shoot

North County Sportsman's Club (Williston, Vermont)

2017 Holiday 5 Stand

You missed a good one if you didn't attend.

50 target 5-stand (10 per post) and in the PM a three birds in the air event.

Snow on the ground and on the cold side.  A warming room available behind the shooting stations.

A number of people helped and the shoot moved along at a good pace.

Obviously you needed an auto or pump to shoot the three bird event and no time to waste on the third target.

Donuts and coffee, as well as soup and cold cuts offered.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December 2017 Lead Shot Prices

Shot prices.

Gamaliel Shooting Supply used to track the price of lead shot used by clay target shooters.

Not necessarily the best price. 

Dec 20, 2017

$37.95 - Eagle Brand Magnum Shot

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Feb 5, 2016

$34.95 - Lead Global Group Magnum Lead Shot

$37.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Feb 25, 2015

$38.95- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot 

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Aug 6, 2014

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot (Unchanged)

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot (Unchanged)


Oct 4, 2013

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 4, 2012

$41.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$41.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jun 13, 2012

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jan 9, 2012

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 18, 2011

$37.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jun 18, 2011

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Feb 21, 2011

$38.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 20, 2010

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Sep 29, 2010

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jul 28, 2010

$29.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$29.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Mar 23, 2010

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 15, 2009

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jan 7, 2009

$24.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$25.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


February 28, 2008

$42 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$42.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

Sunday, December 03, 2017

I met Mr. Heater at Club L'Acadie

Club L'Acadie (Quebec)

Beats standing around a burn barrel....

It was just above freezing and Mr. Heater kept everyone toasty warm.  The unit surprisingly gave off a good amount of heat.

The course is setup north of the Olympic Bunkers. 

A layout of maybe 10 machines (to include rabbit machines).  No designated shooting stands.  Squad shoots then moves the blue bucket to where they want to shoot from next.  

Not sure of the winter schedule, but a group has been meeting weekly throughout the year.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two new Sporting Clays Courses (Florida)

Triple N Ranch Shooting Range
595 Donovan Crews Road, St. Cloud, FL
19-station sporting clays course

Blackjack Sporting Clays
Facebook posting....
A new sporting clays course is scheduled to open in Sumterville, Florida on January 3, 2018.
Two 16-station sporting clays courses, five stand, FITASC and a 10-station sub-gauge course on 3,000 lush acres.
Located 5 minutes from the turnpike at the 470 exit.
3372 CR 526 Sumterville, FL (exit 296, Florida Turnpike)


Florida Clubs

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Bad Rio 12 Gauge Shell

Loaded two on station #4 in skeet in my Beretta A400.  The second shell wouldn't feed.  I pressed the shell inward in the feed tube three or four times and loaded a new shell in the chamber.

The gun cycled and the second shell went into the chamber but didn't go off.  When I ejected the shell.....

2017 Tournoi Des Membres @ Valleyfield (Clay Target Fun Shoot)

Attended a fun shoot at  Club de Tir de Valleyfield.  100 targets. 25 each; skeet, trap, 5-stand, and wobble trap.

$32 (Canadian) with $10 returned to shooters.

* Received word I won $30.

When I signed in the club assigned me to a squad.  You think this would be the norm at all shoots, but isn't.
I've been to shoots where this was not the case and you end up having to ask a number of people if they have a full squad.  A pain, especially if you don't know anyone.  I detest (hate, loath, despise) having to squad myself at any shoot.

Things didn't go well in trap, but did shoot a 25 in skeet.  Dropped one or two on the wobble trap and shot a decent score in the 5-stand. 

Wobble trap was two targets.  One going out and another coming in from your right front, from a machine set in a field.

Free hot dogs for lunch.

Jordan McArthur shot his 1st 25 straight in trap.

Shoot Photos

The club made a contribution to the Lost Target.  Always appreciated!

No problems crossing the border going and returning.

Trap Shooting - Jordan McArthur

Hats off to Jordan McArthur who shot his first 25 straight at the Tournoi Des Membres held at Club de Tir de Valleyfield.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Odds & Ends (Clay Target Shooting) Nov 2017

Was looking at three fun shoots to finish off the year, but down to two (maybe one), as the Kingston Ontario shoot in December is listed as a member only shoot.  Saw it listed as same and made an inquiry.  Was informed, yes, member only : (    Attended the December shoot a couple of times in the past and always had a good time.  Was looking foreword to attending this year, but it is what it is.

Valleyfield is holding a member only fun shoot (I'm a member) this Saturday and I very much like the format.  25 each; Skeet, trap, 5-stand, and wobble trap.

L'Acadie has traditionally held a turkey fun shoot in early December (skeet, trap, 5-stand), but have not seen anything posted.....


Seriously thinking of adding an adjustable comb to my Beretta A400.  Going to add moleskin to the comb this weekend and if it works out as I think, the stock will be shipped out within the week for modification.


The Beretta A400 still spitting out shells without fail.  Doesn't care what brand of shell, light or heavy.  I don't have a cleaning schedule for the gun as it seems to shoot forever without a breakdown and cleaning.


I mentioned previously I was going to add choke lube, to not only the choke threads, but all parts of the choke (smooth part)  that fit inside the barrel.  It was said this would prevent the choke from working loose.  Didn't work.  Maybe I didn't apply it thick enough.  I might give it another shot.


Received confirmation the annual International Skeet Shoot will be held once again at the Jacksonville club, 14-18 February.  Maybe a chance world women champion, Dania Vizzi, a Florida resident, will be in attendance.  I've shot video of the shoot the last couple of years and plan on dropping by.


Each fall I replace the stock Action Spring in Remington 1100's that have received a good workout over the year.  A $6 part plus shipping.  My wife's 1100 will be seeing a replacement.  A gunsmith who repairs 1100's highly recommends a yearly change for clay target shooters.  He believes this cuts down on parts breakage commonly seen in 1100's.  I don't know what is common, as over the years I've replaced every part of an 1100 that can be replaced.  Just never know what is going to break and carry enough spare parts to build an 1100.  I even cracked a bolt one year.


Several clubs did a nice job on improvements this year.  Northeast Kingdom, Valleyfield, and Huntingdon come to mind.  Nice work at the Franklin County Sportsmen's Club.  Major work on improving skeet field drainage and parking expansion.

I say the past year, maybe longer then that but the first time I noticed.


The Montreal Skeet Club has been active on Facebook and is making a push to bring back it's old glory.  Nice to see.  I use to visit the club 6-7 times a year, but that was long ago.  They did have one benefit shoot this year that I'm aware, but priced way over what I would shell out and passed.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wobble Trap @ Club Huntingdon

Club de Tir Huntingdon (Sainte-Barbe, Québec)

Shot off the newly installed Wobble Trap.

Not only targets at random being thrown left/right, also at random high and low.

And, when I say low I mean skimming the grass and high is well into the clear club sky.

One target can be a hard left, just above the grass and the next can be a hard right, as high as a trap target can be thrown.

I recommend holding on the roof or your going to miss the low ones.

You have the option of taking two shots at a target.

The machine is a nice addition to the club and I'm sure will be incorporated into future fun shoots.  

The club is having an end of year member trap "singles" shoot next Sunday.  I expect the wobble trap will be in use and will take some video.