Originally Posted by Dave-0
Could some one please tell me what is the difference between a sporting, skeet and trap O/U shotgun? I see Beretta make an O/U 686 in sporting, trap and skeet variations . Which is best for clays?
You could write a book and this and I'm sure someone already has.
The first thing is buy a clay gun for clays - not a game gun. Forget lightweight's, side by sides or anything that's not 12g.
The main difference between trap and other guns is the weight, balance, stock shape, comb height, etc. etc......
The best advice would be to decide if you want to shoot sporting or trap and then get a gun to suit. However if you want to try everything then get a multi choke sporter with an adjustable stock. The most important thing is gun fit - if it doesn't fit then you may throw your hat at it - literally!
Before handing over your cash, try and visit a coach and get him to have a look at you. There's a list of coaches here - http://www.icpsa.ie/coaching/coach_find/553.html
Go to a grounds that has a shop and try a few guns at a few different clays. Try get a feel what what you want to shoot - trap, sporting or skeet or maybe them all. They are all different requiring different skill sets.
Best of luck with the shooting.