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Best chokes for quail #7351505 11/18/18 12:49 AM
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I have not been quail hunting in over 50 years and then didn't have change out chokes. So what chokes do you all suggest I use. I am shooting a 20 ga side by side using 7 1/2 s 1 oz loads. I have been told to use sleet chokes I hinted pheasant last year using an IC and a Mod. We will be hunting farm raised birds over dogs

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Originally Posted by TexasShooter
I have not been quail hunting in over 50 years and then didn't have change out chokes. So what chokes do you all suggest I use. I am shooting a 20 ga side by side using 7 1/2 s 1 oz loads. I have been told to use sleet chokes I hinted pheasant last year using an IC and a Mod. We will be hunting farm raised birds over dogs



You are well informed. I shoot an O/U, Beretta, with 26 inch barrels, bored Skeet&Skeet, with one ounce number 8 shot, and I don't miss.


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Bill's set up would work great.
I might go IC in one barrel for wild birds.


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Re: Best chokes for quail [Re: TexasShooter] #7351551 11/18/18 02:25 AM
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Pen raised birds skeet/skeet or IC/IC will work fine. There is not enough difference on a pattern board with my shotguns to matter much. Wild bobwhite quail I like IC/Mod. Blues I choke IC/Full.


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Re: Best chokes for quail [Re: TexasShooter] #7351576 11/18/18 02:58 AM
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Shooting farm raised quail is similar to shooting a parked truck----------- it's almost impossible to miss. So choke is irrelevant.
Anyone who shoots IC on wild quail basically has no idea what they are doing. I shoot full,,, if the bird is close you just track him out to 30 yards before shooting. I"ll bet most of the people recommending IC load their gun with 5 shells,,, we call them 'blasters' instead of hunters.

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IC and shoot fast.


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Originally Posted by nate33
Shooting farm raised quail is similar to shooting a parked truck----------- it's almost impossible to miss. So choke is irrelevant.
Anyone who shoots IC on wild quail basically has no idea what they are doing. I shoot full,,, if the bird is close you just track him out to 30 yards before shooting. I"ll bet most of the people recommending IC load their gun with 5 shells,,, we call them 'blasoters' instead of hunters.


Where do you come up with all of the bullsht you post on the Upland Forum? Do you have a clinic to teach everyone that doesn’t know what they’re doing shooting IC chokes how to “Track” bird with a full choke?

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IC or Skeet. I see some of the choke makers are even making an Improved Skeet which should be a good choice.

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Originally Posted by bill oxner
Originally Posted by TexasShooter
I have not been quail hunting in over 50 years and then didn't have change out chokes. So what chokes do you all suggest I use. I am shooting a 20 ga side by side using 7 1/2 s 1 oz loads. I have been told to use sleet chokes I hinted pheasant last year using an IC and a Mod. We will be hunting farm raised birds over dogs



You are well informed. I shoot an O/U, Beretta, with 26 inch barrels, bored Skeet&Skeet, with one ounce number 8 shot, and I don't miss.


OOPS. I forgot to report that I no longer carried a shotgun while quail hunting. I just go to watch the dogs.


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Originally Posted by arandy
IC or Skeet. I see some of the choke makers are even making an Improved Skeet which should be a good choice.

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Re: Best chokes for quail [Re: nate33] #7351818 11/18/18 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by nate33
Shooting farm raised quail is similar to shooting a parked truck----------- it's almost impossible to miss. So choke is irrelevant.
Anyone who shoots IC on wild quail basically has no idea what they are doing. I shoot full,,, if the bird is close you just track him out to 30 yards before shooting. I"ll bet most of the people recommending IC load their gun with 5 shells,,, we call them 'blasters' instead of hunters.



This is farthest from truth if you hunt behind pointers. Pointers give you closer shots

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Same ol’chit from nate.....ducks his head in, knocks other hunters/shooters while bragging about himself and then runs away.

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Let the birds/conditions dictate your choke selections.
Anytime you are hunting over dogs, expect to get closer shots because the dogs will typically cause the birds to “hold”.
This is especially true with pen raised birds as they are not as fast nor do they flush as readily as wild birds. They are not as tough either.
So pen raised birds - over dogs, you can shoot open chokes and lighter pellets with good success.

Wild birds are a little different story.
Dogs will hold wild birds better but wild birds are fast fliers and use the brush cover to protect themselves. They flush erratically, fly low and turn quickly.
Personally, I shoot a 20 or 28ga, IC/Mod, 7.5’s on S. Tx wild birds. During Late season after the birds have been hunted some and the cover gets thinner, I might change to 6’s as the birds start running and flushing early and the shots are longer, but still stay with the same chokes. I’m a pretty quick shot and would NEVER shoot a full choke unless I was shooting a .410. If a bird is out of range for a mod choke… the bird wins and I won’t pull the trigger.

On a side note, I would say that someone that can’t get on a wild bird quick enough to kill it with a IC choke and needs a full choke really has no business hunting wild birds.





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Well, you need to pattern various chokes and loads. If you are having quail take off right at your feet I think it is definitely possible to over choke. You might want to even try the spreader loads. In a two barrel gun figure modified on the second barrel however on your particular gun you might need full.
I've killed lots of birds with 8/s versus 7 1/2 and you get a few more pellets per load.
I hunt doves with modified chokes and do okay. As I said, you are flying blind unless you put in the boring task of patterning various loads at various distances.

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Originally Posted by nate33
Shooting farm raised quail is similar to shooting a parked truck----------- it's almost impossible to miss. So choke is irrelevant.
Anyone who shoots IC on wild quail basically has no idea what they are doing. I shoot full,,, if the bird is close you just track him out to 30 yards before shooting. I"ll bet most of the people recommending IC load their gun with 5 shells,,, we call them 'blasters' instead of hunters.


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Here we go again. A lot of places I hunt, there are no 30 yard shots. You wait that long and they are gone to brush, trees, ravines, etc. I shoot I/C over I/C in an o/u. Nate, I only hunt wild birds. I will be glad to count birds with you as long as we are shooting in front of a pointed dog and not off the top of a truck. Let me see if you know what you are talking about.

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before screw in chokes, would buy 26" barrel and cut 2" off, worked great


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Same thing a buddy of mine used to do.
He'd cut a side by side off and when the covies would flush, he'd drop both barrels then pick up the birds.


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It pays to remember that shotguns are not exactly like rifles. Chokes and gauges are within tolerance ranges and there are back bored barrels, all sorts of stuff going on. You really need to pattern various loads and chokes and see what puts the most pellets in a 30" circle at what you figure will be the average shooting distance.
I know, it is a lot of work and bother but trust me, finding a load that does what you want can make a huge difference.

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I would like to hunt with Nate, I would get all the shooting I wanted before he started lol.

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I shoot ic.. most of the time I practice shoot and release.

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Pick a choke, pick a reasonable load and shoot, shoot, shoot. How well you shoot is much more important than the rest.


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