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#6367560 - 07/12/16 10:33 PM Shot gun chokes
mskeeter Offline
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I am new to the forum and would like some information on recommendations for shot gun chokes. I would really like to improve my shooting skills and become a better shot. I have a Benelli M2 12 guage and an older 20 guage. I like to hunt dove & quail.

What choke and shell do you use or recommend and why?

Thanks for your input.

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#6367611 - 07/13/16 12:24 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
cyphertext Offline
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#8 shot with either an IC or Mod choke, because that is what the fixed chokes are on my old Beretta. If using my A300 Outlander, I typically have a IC in for dove.

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#6367619 - 07/13/16 03:41 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
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In general select chokes by how far expected shots will be and pattern you gun to know how well it patterns with different chokes and loads.

For dove early season and hunting tanks Skeet or IC usually works very well.

Later season or on large fields Modified or even full work quite well. For years my only shotgun was a over/under with Mod/Full choked that patterns full/extra full the gun fit me well and I have killed lots of dove with it but closer in shots I learned to avoid since the dove were shot up real bad.

The beauty of interchangeable chokes to me is you can talyor one gun to fit many situations like using skeet or IC for close in shots forgetting about shooting the long ones and modified or full for when the targets are flying further out for the most part. By patterning your gun with those chokes you can determine how far the effective distances will be with each choke and select the one that provides good patterns where a dove will be hit by 2 or 3 shot any where in the pattern as max effective range. Once that is known use the choke that matches the shot distances most being presented at your hunting spot.

For quail I like skeet or IC as shots are generally short and a more open pattern is useful. Same ones for early season dove or hunting tanks for dove.

Modified or full for when shots will be at longer ranges like 30 yards and beyond.

Something else that will improve your kill percentage on dove, pass on shots that are too far for your setup and skip on shots that are too close for tight chokes.
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#6367646 - 07/13/16 06:26 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
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I use a Light Modified/Skeet 2 most of the time with 7.5 shot for dove. For quail, same shot and IC for blues and skeet for bobwhite. YMMV.
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#6367698 - 07/13/16 08:09 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
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All good advice above.
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#6367742 - 07/13/16 08:54 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
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I prefer a modified for hunting, and an IC for everything else.
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#6367862 - 07/13/16 10:27 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
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Best advice, just go practice.

I personally like IC with 7.5 for Quail and LM with 7 Steel for Dove. The 7 Steel for Dove because I shoot Dove over tanks in the AM and sometime Teal come in. Also, it is a real good idea to pattern your gun at the average range you shoot. You will find that patterns change with chokes.

As far as recommendations I like Carlson Tubes and I have recently been testing Patternmaster SSS. I like the LM chokes to shoot trap because I try to simulate duck/dove hunting, I also use Patternmaster Code Black for long range practice. Practice like you play.

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#6368507 - 07/13/16 09:33 PM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
mskeeter Offline
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Registered: 01/11/16
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Great information....Thanks for your input

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#6368932 - 07/14/16 10:47 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
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If you want to be a better shot spend money on lessons from a top instructor. No amount of money spent on chokes will help. If you're determined put a Briley light modified choke in and forget about it.
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#6368995 - 07/14/16 11:36 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
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I would pm 5 Stand Dan on here, he is a pretty big shotgun enthusiast.
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#6372329 - 07/17/16 03:58 PM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
Nitronx898 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/15
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Loc: Crosby Tx
I personally like IC and LT mod for everything. I shoot an O/U so I am a little mor capable of switching barrels as needed. If doves start flying further out I might go LT mod/mod. But knowing what your gun can do is the most important. I do a lot of clay shooting and bird hunting and I do not change chokes much at all. Depending on what brand chokes you use is a key also. I like Muller chokes. They give me the pattern I want out of my Blaser. I shoot 7.5 or 8 depending on the wind.

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#6372330 - 07/17/16 03:59 PM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
Nitronx898 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/15
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I also shoot a volocity of 1200 to 1240. They seem to keep a better pattern than the 1300

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#6372442 - 07/17/16 05:40 PM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
poisonivie Offline


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Despite reading about how 1190-1250 is the best pattern velocity, I love the 1 oz Monarch 1350's. I shoot a lot of clays, wolf chase in particular. The other guys shoot handloads, 1400-1500 fps with 1 3/8 shot and I can do just as well with 1 oz 7 1/2. I shoot pretty much IM on the bottom and full on the top.
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#6372517 - 07/17/16 06:57 PM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
bentman Offline
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Chokes are over rated. Practice practice practice. I shot 4rds of 5 stand and 4 rds of skeet today. I never changed my chokes. Take a few lessons. Stay in front of the clay and focus on the clay. Nothing beats trigger time.
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#6372863 - 07/18/16 08:27 AM Re: Shot gun chokes [Re: mskeeter]
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What choke, Bentman....and do you feel you did better with it than you could have with any others? P_102
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