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#6487914 - 10/09/16 03:16 PM Remington 870
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So I have a 870 super mag, question on the choke. I've missed a few dove that I know I had a good lead in and should have gone down. I mean I've seen feathers come off a few dove. So not sure if it's the loaded I'm shooting or if I need to change the choke.
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#6487991 - 10/09/16 04:23 PM Re: Remington 870 [Re: fonzie]
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You need to pattern the gun. Find out which shell patterns best.

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#6488033 - 10/09/16 04:59 PM Re: Remington 870 [Re: fonzie]
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Originally Posted By: fonzie
So I have a 870 super mag, question on the choke. I've missed a few dove that I know I had a good lead in and should have gone down. I mean I've seen feathers come off a few dove. So not sure if it's the loaded I'm shooting or if I need to change the choke.


What choke are you using? For dove I would use Imp. Cyl., and definitely nothing tighter than Modified. If you are using Imp. Cyl., already then pattern the gun. Could be loads. For dove I recommend 1 1/8 ounces of 7 1/2 or even 6's if most of your shooting is greater than 35 yards. Also use standard velocity shot-shells and not super speed as they don't pattern well. My 2cents but has worked for me for 45 years, and thousands of dove.
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#6488068 - 10/09/16 05:25 PM Re: Remington 870 [Re: fonzie]
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Agreed ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

#7 1/2 shot is usually the best medicine.

Is this a recent development that suddenly started happening?

Are you using "bargain" shotshells?

Do you wear corrective lenses and has your prescription changed recently?
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#6488137 - 10/09/16 06:06 PM Re: Remington 870 [Re: fonzie]
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Usually, feathers flying means a shot to the butt area. Just a little behind in lead.
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#6489023 - 10/10/16 10:39 AM Re: Remington 870 [Re: poisonivie]
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Originally Posted By: poisonivie
Usually, feathers flying means a shot to the butt area. Just a little behind in lead.



This 100%

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#6489025 - 10/10/16 10:39 AM Re: Remington 870 [Re: oilag]
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Originally Posted By: oilag
Originally Posted By: poisonivie
Usually, feathers flying means a shot to the butt area. Just a little behind in lead.



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#6489039 - 10/10/16 10:47 AM Re: Remington 870 [Re: fonzie]
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While there are things you can do... using the correct choke, using correct shot, patterning your shotgun... limiting your shots to ones within range, etc. A shot gun shooting shot shells is never and will never be like shooting a rifle.

So much changes, birds fly double the speed with the wind as they do against some are slower some faster morning doves duck and dive like a dang dragon fly. I never got too worked up missing a dove, and 99.9999999% of mechanical failure is still caused by operator error.
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#6489104 - 10/10/16 11:33 AM Re: Remington 870 [Re: 68A]
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Originally Posted By: 68A
You need to pattern the gun. Find out which shell patterns best.


This^^^

You also need to practice. If you are seeing a few feathers generally you are not following through and you stopped the gun at the shot.

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#6495275 - 10/14/16 12:32 PM Re: Remington 870 [Re: Herbie Hancock]
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Originally Posted By: Herbie Hancock
Originally Posted By: oilag
Originally Posted By: poisonivie
Usually, feathers flying means a shot to the butt area. Just a little behind in lead.



This 100%


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#6496153 - 10/15/16 07:16 AM Re: Remington 870 [Re: reeltexan]
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Originally Posted By: reeltexan
Originally Posted By: Herbie Hancock
Originally Posted By: oilag
Originally Posted By: poisonivie
Usually, feathers flying means a shot to the butt area. Just a little behind in lead.



This 100%


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Ditto....I only. Hunt with 870's...great guns....just patern the loads and maybe hammer a few clays as practice.
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