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 Post subject: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:07 pm 
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I have a sweet 16 made in Belgium in 1965. It has a full choke barrel. I've been thinking about sending it to Art at Art's Gun Shop and have him open it up. I will use it mostly for Texas dove but would like to use it for pheasant and quail too. What choke would be best for my application? Thanks!




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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:21 pm 
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It's your gun to do with as you please, but if it were mine I would not mess with the originality of the gun. But a modern Sweet 16 with tubes! Or another barrel for your current gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:08 pm 
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Light modified.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:10 pm 
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lossking wrote:
Light modified.


I agree. Have it opened up to light modified. That will serve you well.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:46 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:59 pm 
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My vote is for an extra barrel. I have about 6 spare barrels for my older semi-autos ... I even found a spare for my Savage 720 16 gauge. It just takes some patience.
Of course, it's your gun and you didn't describe the condition, so if you choose to have it opened up, I agree with everyone else: LM


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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:06 am 
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If you dont load your own 16g ammo i will say Light mod ( 0.15")
But if you make your own shells Modified ( 0.20") i have 2 A5 16g and my 64 sweet
is full choked and i will have it open i will minimum leve 0.20" maby 0,22"
My -53 16g is open to IM/ 0.25" and that is sometimes a bit tight for doves, but i maka my own
16g ammo so i can modifie the spread some .. Extra barrel is no option for me as i cant find any
in my country Sweden, and lead is also banned for clay target sports so with a " steel only" policy
i have to open my Sweet if i want shoot clays.

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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:11 am 
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kikabaila wrote:
I have a sweet 16 made in Belgium in 1965. It has a full choke barrel. I've been thinking about sending it to Art at Art's Gun Shop and have him open it up. I will use it mostly for Texas dove but would like to use it for pheasant and quail too. What choke would be best for my application? Thanks!


Adding screw-chokes are easily the best.

As for the rest, there is no answer . . . regardless of gun, for it not just what you are hunting, but the shell you use, and the ranges you are hunting at. There is no such thing as a "dove choke" for the folks that are blowing doves off of the top of sunflowers, you need no choke at at all. To spin them at 50 yards, the full choke you have is going to be ideal.

I've used Full SS barrels on both dove and wild pheasants here and there is no way I would want much less pattern efficiency. In the last round of 16 gauge shell patterning, I ended up with a .023 inch constriction working the best for my applications.

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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:50 pm 
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lossking wrote:
Light modified.


Agree


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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:25 pm 
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Light modified would be my choice also.

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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:34 pm 
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Screw in chokes makes sense, re: Randy's post. Otherwise, LM.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweet 16 full choke open up question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:01 pm 
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kikabaila wrote:
I have a sweet 16 made in Belgium in 1965. It has a full choke barrel. I've been thinking about sending it to Art at Art's Gun Shop and have him open it up. I will use it mostly for Texas dove but would like to use it for pheasant and quail too. What choke would be best for my application? Thanks!


I would "kill two birds with one stone" by trading it towards new Auto-5. You get choke tubes and better handling as a bonus.




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