Who to have "fit" my shotgun to me (Illinois or Missouri)?

Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by Andrew Caldieraro, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. Andrew Caldieraro

    Andrew Caldieraro Refuge Member

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    I'm looking to meet with a gunsmith (or whoever properly fits a shotgun). I would like to be properly measured, evaluated for the proper shim, and change my recoil pad on my Winchester SX3 (mainly used for hunting ducks/geese). I realize most people just adjust this stuff to whatever feels comfortable to them. I can do that, but I'd like to be a little more precise and have it done properly. I live on the Illinois/Missouri border near St. Louis, so I'm looking for recommendations in either of these states. I don't mind driving a few hours, if needed. Any recommendations?
     
  2. howard s.

    howard s. Elite Refuge Member

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    There at 4 around St. L.
     
  3. Il. MudDuk

    Il. MudDuk Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    It's been a while since I've been there, but I believe "Dunns" in Pevely, Mo can help.

    I need to check on a place in Marine, Illinois as well as I didnt know there was a little gun shop there, too until recently.

    I would also imagine cabelas or Bass Pro could maybe be of help....maybe.
     
  4. spaightlabs

    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

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    What is going on with your gun/patterns when you are on the patterning board that makes you think you need to do this?

    If you call a few high end sporting clays places they will either have a gunsmith/stockmaker that works on site or they may be able to recommend one.

    Sporting clays/skeet guys tend to tweak their guns a lot more than duck hunters and a clays range is more likely to have a patterning board on site so you can immediately test any tweaks that are made.
     
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  5. BigMike

    BigMike Elite Refuge Member

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    I know a few guys that have used these services at various shooting events... they all swore by them.
    https://www.gunfitter.com/
    They travel all around the country and set up at different gun events.
     
  6. mrmallerd

    mrmallerd Elite Refuge Member

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    You might go over to Sparta during the Grand. I'm confident there will be more than one qualified to fit you.
     
  7. Andrew Caldieraro

    Andrew Caldieraro Refuge Member

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    I don't shoot that often, so I know that can be a concern. I usually hit around ~75/100 on a sporting clays event. I usually will get my limit of 15 doves with a box of 25 shells. However, when I go duck or goose hunting, I am lucky to get 1-2 birds per box of 25 shells. I extensively pattern my gun with many shells (a wide range of brands and shot sizes from 4's -BB's) and many chokes (factory, trulock, briley, and muller). How can I do "decent" on clays and doves and not on waterfowl? I don't have an exact answer, but here are a few possibilities....1. I'm wearing heavy clothing when waterfowl hunting and I don't with clays/doves. 2. I feel like there is excessive muzzle jump with the waterfowl loads (which is one reason why I am wanting to get fitted properly). 3. I don't feel like I have a comfortable, repeatable gun mount with the SX3 (this doesn't explain why I can "decently" hit clays/doves). 4. Waterfowl shots are often 30-40 yards and clays/doves are closer shots. 5. I really dislike the recoil pad on the SX3. It is small, uncomfortable, and I believe that may be part of the reason why I don't feel like I can't repeatably mount the gun the same way. 6. I feel like the gun kicks a lot for a gas gun. I don't feel like it is quite as much as our benelli inertia guns, but very darn close (another reason why I'm wondering if there is a gun fit issue).
     
  8. Vahunter

    Vahunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Do you use the same gun with waterfowl as you do with clays and dove? Are you flinching using the waterfowl load and not realize it?
     
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  9. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    It’s probably your jacket/clothing. Do you kill em during teal season?
     
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  10. callinfowl

    callinfowl MEGA.

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    "I am lucky to get 1-2 birds per box of 25 shells."
    You're shooting at them too far out, the muzzle jump is because of the SX3 .
     

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