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 Post subject: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:51 am 
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I shoot a poly ii and trulock Precision Hunter and sporting clays chokes in Full. Mod. Imp.mod Imp.Cyl. and spreader one on the poly and in the Trulocks Imp. Cyl and Mod. what do you guys shoot?

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:34 pm 
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I shoot my factory extended Beretta chokes or my factory extended Benelli chokes. They pattern well so I have no reason to change.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:57 am 
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We sporting clays shooter really like to obsess over chokes. Then again, with a different course every time we shoot, evil target setters fooling us with eye tests, and switching ammo every time the price changes, chokes seem to be the only thing in this game we get to control. Who wouldn't want to hope that there is a magic choke that will break clays despite how we shoot the gun?

The problem is... there is no magic choke. If you are shooting an appropriate choke to the distance of the breakpoint (there are all sorts of resources that will tell you what that might be, for them) for the shells you are shooting, and you have confidence that the choke performs appropriately... well, that's about all the control you have.

Screw in a choke tube and forget about it. Make a plan, watch the target line and speed, keep your focus on the front edge of the target, execute your plan. It'll break, if you do your part.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:18 am 
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Muller Chokes! U2 is all I'm shooting now. (But I AM a member of the Muller mafia!)

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:37 am 
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All the top guys use Briley Titanium.










Or you can quit obsessing and use the ones you have. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:54 am 
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The best thing I have done recently is to go back to shooting sporting clays and 5 stand with a fixed choke gun. The gun fits,my gun mount is OK and I am happy with my cartridges so there's only one variable;me.
I was never a choke changer during a shoot but spent zillions on different types of chokes over the years and never ever improved my scores.Now the choke decision is removed from the equation my scores have gone up slightly.

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:36 pm 
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Looking for the best choke is like looking for the best golf clubs. Neither will make you a better shooter or a better golfer.

However, some golf clubs do have superior design and materials and may give you a FEW more yards. It will still not make you a better golfer, especially if your short game and your putting suck, but it will help a tiny bit, and perhaps most importantly, give you peace of mind.

Same with chokes. You cannot go wrong with Briley, Trulock, Seminole and similar designs. I am convinced Muller and Pure Gold will reduce flyers and give you SLIGHTLY more uniform patterns. They will not make you a better shooter but it may help a tiny bit and give you perhaps one or two more birds in a hundred. Note I used the words "may" and "perhaps", depending on how well you move, keep your eyes on the bird and many other factors.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:42 pm 
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I'm also a member of the Muller Mafia!! I use a U1/U2 set-up 99% of the time in my Beretta O/U. I carry a U3 for the occasional long target. They throw consistent, even patterns out of my gun and break targets farther than they should for their constrictions. I'm anxiously waiting for a U2 for my 1100 Sporting 28GA, which Jim says will be on the website next week.

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:43 pm 
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There are plenty of manufacturers with claimed advantages (unique porting, wad stripping, etc) but the only way to really determine choke performance (as well as general performance of you gun) is to hit the patterning board. I have seen patterns vary greatly for a given choke from the same manufacture and specified constriction in different guns. If you really want to take it to another level (i.e. have a lot of free time at the range) you can add different shells/loads to the experiment. There are plenty of books on this subject...Jerry Myer and Chris Batha come to mind. Good luck!

Side note.....I have been considering switiching from my factory invector chokes to the Muller's, specifically for weight reasons since they are very light compared to other options. Would like to tweak overall gun balance a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:12 am 
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I'm happy with my factory REM chokes.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:54 am 
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you might change chokes due to convenience-- lighter , extended or color coded....but to say one choke or the other will break more clays or drop more birds is pure baloney.

No choke will make up for shooter error....or to put it better , the cheapest choke is better than your ability--or mine--to shoot the shot swarm in the right place.

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:28 pm 
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First, I think using quality choke tubes appropriate for the distance one is shooting is very helpful when shooting sporting.

Just because some shooters "over think" their choke selections doesn't mean "under thinking" it will be beneficial.

Years ago, Jon Kruger pointed out that you need just three chokes ( 2X if you have an o/u) -- one for close target (something around .005), one for medium range targets ( around .015), and another for longer range (.025 to .030 or so). I have found that to be a very good concept to use and live by.

You just can't say that you're going to do as well with a tighter choke on a 15 yard rabbit as you would with a looser one. Ditto for the reverse, when taking a poke at a 45/50 crosser.

There's a lot of good manufactures these days, and I don't think one is any better than they other. However, Briley and Seminole have very good reputations and get most all of my CT business.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:20 am 
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Mule Driver,

EXCELLENT post!


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:22 am 
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Edwin D wrote:
Mule Driver,

EXCELLENT post!


Why thank you, sir.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:45 pm 
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Muller chokes! Or whatever you like and pattern the way you like.

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:51 am 
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Muller! Muller! Muller!

No matter which brand you have, it always boils down to the shooter. Chokes are easy to blame since they can't talk back about the shooter's lack of shooting discipline.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:06 am 
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All the top guys use Briley Titanium. BS :roll:

Another figment of your imagination :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:23 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:08 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of chokes for SC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:30 pm 
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Here is the peoples choice:
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They do pattern better with the cheap stuff and a bit better with the good stuff. They do stay clean even if I only clean chokes once a year!

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