Stoeger Grand w Adjustable Comb - Good Entry Level Trap Gun?May 11, 2023
Today, we're taking a look at the Stoeger THE GRAND entry-level trap gun in 12 Gauge! When it comes to trap shooting, there's some serious money that can be spent on a shotgun. But what if you're a new trap shooter and don't want to spend a whole lot of money? You may find yourself looking at the Stoeger The Grand to get started. Today we're diving in to help you decide if this Stoeger is a good lower-dollar option for trap shooting! Let's go! If you have experience with The Grand, please let us know on the TFL COMMUNITY!
Stoeger The Grand in 12 Gauge:
- The current MSRP of this multi-target is $679, but we picked it up from REEDS SPORTS for less than that
- Designed for trap shooting
- Only one standard option is available
- Get a FREE case of Federal Ammo with a purchase of a new shotgun from Reeds priced at $500 or above!
- 12 gauge (break action)
- This Stoeger comes with three flush chokes (F, M, IM) - But of course, we'd swap that out with a Carlson's Choke Tube
- 3-inch chamber
- 30" single Barrell
- Shotgun Weight is 9.1lbs
- Length of pull is 14 1/2" and is not adjustable.
- The comb is adjustable up and down
- Definitely a heavier trigger, relatively speaking
- 7lbs (Average pull weight)
- The first thing we noticed is that the checkering is weak - it's very light and not clearly cut.
- There seems to be a slight palm swell
- Initially, mounting this gun did not feel bad at all!
- We really liked the size and shape of the forend - offered a comfortable hand position.
- This gun is a balanced rearward which is not our preference for a gun of this weight - We'd prefer to see more weight out front to create a smoother swing.
- Very basic hard rubber recoil pad
- The rib on this gun isn't a 'high-rib' per se, but it's definitely taller than your regular stepped up rib - This is not adjustable
- Huge red fiber on the front - NOT IDEAL!
- The break action opens a bit tough, being a new gun, but closes and operates smoothly overall.
- There was a component in the action of this gun that seemed to be loose while we were doing this review - Not sure if this is an isolated incident, but loose pieces is generally a red flag
- Basic top tang safety
- No ejectors - just extractors
- The wood, similar to the rest of this build, is basic - Excited to see how she holds up shooting!
- We were surprised with how much recoil this Stoeger had with how heavy the gun is - Typically, the heavier the gun, the lighter the felt recoil. This occurrence could have to do with gun fit as well.
- It felt alright and shot pretty well - recoil is definitely the low light. This is a situation where we'd 100% add a Falcon Strike
- Overall, everything worked fine for us - If you have experience with this gun, we're relying on you to share how reliable it's been! Chime in on the TFL COMMUNITY!
BREAKDOWN/QUALITY OF BUILD
- We don't really have a lot to say here - It's a $600 break action
- The finish is simply blued
- Standard grade wood, but on the low end of standard grade for sure.
- Checkering is very light and almost non-existent.
- For the price point, its built quite well - Can't be too picky with this kind of deal!
TRAP SHOOTING WITH THE A400 Multi-Target
- This gun had a little bit of a learning curve to get into a comfortable rhythm, but eventually, it mounted and shot alright.
- We noticed that the rearward weight caused us to whip over birds more than we would have liked.
- With this experience, we'd definitely be interested in getting this gun on a patterning board.
- Another observation was that after a full round of trap, there was a fair bit of soreness in the shoulder, which is not normal.
So the question remains: "Is the Stoeger The Grand a good beginner/budget option" To which we say: Maybe. It all depends on personal preference, body style, and what you want to do with it. If you're a younger person just getting into the sport, we'd maybe suggest spending a few hundred more dollars to save yourself from the recoil. If you're able-bodied and want to get into the sport without spending a whole lot, and this gun fits you, go ahead and get this Stoeger. You can always upgrade later.
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