First, thanks for all the great advice you have given to me and others. I’m not asking a question this time, believe it or not!
Since you are also a fan of the 303’s, I just wanted to let you know what I’ve done to my latest 303. Being a woman with a long neck and high cheekbones it is very difficult for me to get a gun that fits. Recoil is also a problem due to a whiplash injury. I shoot 1 oz loads, use a Kickeez Pad, have a ported, backbored barrel and have lengthened the forcing cones (and the recoil was still killing me). Forget about picking anything off the rack and shooting it, even the highest trap stock is not high enough.
Being a true believer in the 303, mainly because it is so light and thin, I was determined to alter it to fit me. After a visit with Wenig for a stock (I picked the highest one he had in a birdseye maple, and he still had to build it up with Bondo), and consulting with Larry Feland (gunsmith/gunfitter) and Mr. Wenig we determined the correct length of pull, drop and cast. Whew!
I then turned over the gun to Bruce Ney for the installation of a countercoil and a sliding comb. The wood was history after the Bondo, and I didn’t want to go to even more expense by having another one make, so Bruce painted it a reddish-wine metalflake (sort of looks like a bass boat).
Unbelievable! I never knew that shooting could be like this. Painfree! No recoil, none, zero, nadda. My head didn’t bounce off the gun after the first shot, and I can actually see over the receiver!. It is a joy to shoot and very forgiving. It cost a bit of money, but was worth every penny. I would recommend the countercoil to anyone that is recoil sensitive. By the way, I shot it in a tournament after practicing with it only one time and shot my highest tournament score ever (83).
I really don’t have any questions at this point, just wanted to let you know the trials and tribulations of a woman shooter and a 303 fan!
Thanks so much for the feedback. I store all this information away for future use. I’m always particularly interested in the problems lady shooters face as I coach a lot of women.
As you may (or may not) know, I also shoot 303s for almost all my clay target shooting. I have a pair of 303 trap guns. They aren’t light weight though. My guns come in at 8#4oz. The trap 303s were heavier than other 303s. The #1 gun has about 70,000 through it. The #2 gun is still new in the box with the tags on the barrel. Thje first gun has been so good that I’ve never had to get into the second. I’ve also owned 302s, 390s and 391s, but I stick with the 303s. I do recommend an Allan Timney trigger job and also his monster-strong link and hammer struts or the new factory hardened links and struts (from our ShotgunReport Store). Then you can just forget about those parts for the rest of your life.
As to Ney’s hydraulic stocks, aren’t they nice! I shot G-Squared and Soft Touch also. They all do a great job on O/Us. I’ve shot FNs and K-80s with these stocks and felt that they kicked less than my gas gun. The only gas gun I shot with a hydraulic stock (a Soft Touch on that one) was a 390. It didn’t do a darn thing as far as I could tell, but the stock was far too short for me being made for a smaller shooter. Short stocks always kick more than stocks of a proper length, so it wasn’t a fair trial. A short stock doesn’t seat hard enough against the shoulder to properly activate the hydraulic mechanism, so you don’t get the benefit of the design. With a stock of the correct length, the tricks stocks are marvels.
Obviously, things are properly fit for you. You have a great setup and I wish you the best with it. Thanks for keeping me up to date.
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
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