Your shotgun mount is dictated by the goals and rules of your sport. On a 3-gun stage, you will want to keep your muzzle straight or low, since clay targets are static and low to the ground except for a few possible toasters. If shotgun is the first platform of the stage, you may start with the gun mounted at low ready, so you can engage the array immediately on the audible start. If your shotgun is retrieved later in the stage, you need to be able to run with it and shoot the targets as quickly as possible, while being mindful of the 180, reloads, and slugs. On a sporting clays course, however, all loads are the same and only two targets are presented at time. You’re stationary in the shooting station, which will enable you to set your body position for the targets that will be presented. Clay targets are all in the air, so you will want to keep your barrel high. Choose your hold point so that you can guide your shotgun to the target with minimal movement as the target enters your break area.