Modifying A Skeet Gun For Trap


Dear Technoid:

I have a Miroku MK 70 shotgun and its great for skeet and game. I can’t hit anything on the trap field though. I know I should get a trap gun if I want to seriously get into trap but is there any thing I can do just to improve my scores with my existing gun. Like maybe put the butt down a bit on my shoulder so the bead rises up a bit will this kind of thing help? Any suggestions?

Thanks
Richard Warden
Adelaide SA

Richard,

Gunfitting over the internet is a sometime thing. It’s really something which must be done in person. That said, nothing ventured. nothing gained.

From what you say, it sounds as though your stock is too low for the rising trap targets. Holding the stock lower on the shoulder would indeed raise the point of impact if the head isn’t moved. The problem is that you would then be shooting with little or now cheek pressure on the stock and it is hard to do that consistently. You need to be able to apply decent cheek pressure to the stock to be consistent.

A quick, dirty and cheap solution (my favorite kind) is to arm yourself with some stick-on moleskin, the kind you use for sore spots on one’s feet, and layer that on top of the stock until you get the height you want. Make sure to just put it on the top of the stock, not down the sides, or it will make the gun shoot to the left (if your are right handed).

Put on two or three layers of moleskin and see how it works for trap. You can add more or less as you wish. When done with trap, just peel off the moleskin and stick it on to some cellophane or glass to save it for next time. That way you can reuse it a few times before the stickum gives out.

It’s worth a try and it’s a lot cheaper than a new gun.

Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid

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