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I would like to learn to shoot trap so I'm doing some preliminary research trying to learn about the game and guns to use.
My gun selection is two fold. I have always wanted a beautiful wood stocked gun with impeccable fit and Finnish, a shotgun comes to mind.
I started thinking I would like an old Winchester mdl. 12 trap version. I quickly found out they were not giving them away and authenticity is a problem. I then stumbled onto the Ljutic brand. It seems to have a great reputation and after learning about the founder I like the brand even more.
I found a few models that interest me. The Dyna Trap and the 73. Both models seem to have been built in the 70's. I also looked at the Mono but the price for a used one might be out of my range.
From you Trap shooters, what is your opinion of this make and the models I mentioned.
First and foremost, you should never buy a shotgun model without shooting it prior to the purchase. Fit is everything with a shotgun. Beg, borrow, and plead with other shooters to use their shotguns for a shot or 10.
Next, decide what shotgun game or games you really want to shoot. If you know you will never want to shoot anything other than singles trap, then your gun configuration should match that the singles game. Understand that a singles trap gun really won't work well with skeet, sporting clays, five stand, and doubles trap.
I have a 1948 vintage Winchester Model 12. It's a good gun, but not a great gun. I shoot it only in state tournaments events that specifically limit the guns used to pump guns. The model 12 is not competitive with a modern over-under.
I've shot a few Ljutic O/U guns. They felt nice, fit & finish were very good. IMO they won't break any more clays than a Browning or Beretta. Furthermore, the "B" guns fit me better than the Ljutics I've shot. Back to my first point, fit is everything.
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I shoot about 10,000 registered trap targets a year. Feel free to contact me off line, please put "Ljutic" in the subject line.
I shoot a Perazzi gun, but I know a lot about
Great barrels (if they have not been messed with)
Jimmy Ljutic still works on them
Different rib heights were offered for different POIs
Terrible used market value
A great gun, if you shoot it extremely well and don't want to sell it.
I've got a Dyna Trap. Beautiful wood, that fit me very well. Older gun, that sat in it's case for years. I shoot it well, but simply don't shoot trap as much as I used to. And do not compete anymore.
I think they are built like a tank. Mine has always functioned 100%.
Unfortunately they have a lousy resale. I paid $3K for mine years back and I may be able to get $2K today. NOT my usual, high grade shotgun scenario.
Great guns though.
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Let me know if you decide to sell it, I might be interested.
As noted above, fit is everything. The gun may be beautiful, but if it does not fit you it will only be frustrating. Try as many different makes as you can. We trap shooters (and I'm pretty hard core -- shooting three days a week) are a strange bunch. When our scores start to drop off, we automatically assume it is the gun, and start looking for the next one. As a consequence, there are always used trap guns at every price point available. Be patient, the right one is out there.
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