Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

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Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby Ithaca33 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:36 pm

I recently joined a new gun club that has combination skeet/trap fields as well as 5 stand and sporting clays. Having previously only shot trap and a few rounds of sporting I grabbed some AA extra lite shells and brought out my 12ga Skeet and upland as well as my regular target gun. I didn't keep score but I was MUCH more proficient with the Sterly and had a glad shooting it. I'm full on ready to sell off my O/U's and auto loaders and just shoot sxs for everything!!

Picking up a press and some IMR PB so I can load up some nice lite target loads and keep having fun with the Sterly!
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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby fox-admin » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:02 pm

Great story, enjoy you new toy and have fun reloading. Thanks Craig
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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby Ithaca33 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:12 pm

The biggest surprise for me was how naturally the double triggers were for me. It was smooth and automatic.
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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby Twice Barrel » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:17 pm

"I'm full on ready to sell off my O/U's and auto loaders and just shoot sxs for everything!!"

You have set your path on a long and winding road. Welcome to the Forum. Now you need a 16 gauge and you will be hooked for life.
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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby bbman3 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:50 pm

And a 20 Gauge! Bobby
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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby Ithaca33 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:58 pm

Long term goal is to find a Skeet and Upland in both 16 and 20 when I can afford to. I've never found a gun that fit so well or swung so naturally.
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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby mc15426378 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:38 am

Patrick, I also have a Skt & Upland 12 which I shoot skeet with. These guns are great for skeet targets but try yours on a round of sporting clays. I did and was surprised at how my 12 performed even on the longer birds.

Just as a suggestion. Get some Claybuster CB-4100 wads and try some 7/8 oz loads in Remington hulls.
Lots of load date on the Hodgdon site. I switched from PB to Clays and have been really pleased with my loads.

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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby Researcher » Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:55 am

The above post sounds right to me only I use Clays powder and the Remington TGT-12S wad in the STS hull with Remington primer. 7/8 ounce of shot at 1200 fps, at about 6300 psi, easy on me and easy on the old 12-gauge Fox-Sterlingworth Ejector Skeet & Upland Game Gun --

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Those smallbore Fox-Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Guns come rather dear, though I stumbled onto this 16-gauge that was rather reasonable --

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It now has a proper Jostam Anti-Flinch pad, and the malfunctioning single trigger, which didn't letter, has been replaced with double triggers.
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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby mc15426378 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:53 pm

Dave, do your Skt & Upland guns have the short or long trigger guard tangs? My gun has the short tang with a Philly top lever/safety and had an illegitimate pad on it when purchased. She now sports a NoShoc pad.

I've seen Skt & Uplands with a Philly or Utica top lever/safety. Any idea as to why both styles were used....even though some guns appear to have been mfgd late in the Fox time line?

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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby Researcher » Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:55 pm

Workers reaching into parts bins and pulling out parts. The only Fox-Sterlingworth Skeet & Uplands I've recorded with long backstrap trigger guards are the early 12-gauges in the 1306xx range.
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Re: Skeet with a Sterlingworth S&U

Postby Ithaca33 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:11 pm

Thanks for the tip on using clays. I may do that after this run (only bought 14oz of PB)
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