Shotgun shooting is a super fun sport which can be enjoyed by young people, adults and even seniors. Shooting holidays are becoming increasingly popular. On a shooting trip, you will have the chance to travel across the Australian Outback, using shotguns to hunt wild animals. If you are thinking about booking a place on a shooting trip, you should check out this handy guide to 2 things you need to consider.
12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge Shotguns
Not all shotguns are the same. The most common type of gun used for hunting is the 12 gauge. However, if you are a novice, you may struggle to with the weight and recoil of a 12 gauge shotgun. As a beginner, it is generally best to start with a 20 gauge shotgun. It is important to note that the higher gauge number actually equals a smaller weapon.
The 20 gauge shotgun is compact and lightweight which makes it easy to aim and control during the hunt. This increased manoeuvrability will make it easier for you to track a target animal across the sky or ground as you prepare to fire. The reduced gauge of this weapon means that the level of recoil created when the gun is fired is reduced, which means you are less likely to lose your shooting posture or hurt your shoulder during live firing.
Birdshot vs. Buckshot Ammo
Once you have selected a weapon, it is time to choose the type of ammunition you will use. As you are just starting out, you may be trying to decide if you should fire birdshot or buckshot. Because the pellets contained within a birdshot cartridge are not as large as those found in buckshot, it does not have as much stopping power, which means it may struggle to kill larger animals.
However, birdshot does have a greater range, which can be useful if you are learning how to shoot. Buckshot ammo will typically produce less recoil than buckshot, which will also help you to hold the weapon steady as you fire. Once you are comfortable shooting with birdshot, you may wish to move onto buckshot ammunition.
If you would like further advice about the different types of shotguns and ammunition which are suitable for use on a hunting trip, you should contact a travel company which specialises in organising shooting holidays. The travel agent will be happy to discuss your needs before booking the perfect hunting trip for you.