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 Post subject: Optima Chokes and Steel Shot
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:05 am 
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Got invited last night to go goose hunting tomorrow. Only gun I have up to the job is my 391 trap gun. Came with Optima chokes, and looking through my owners manual it says in regard to the Mobile chokes it's safe to use Cylinder, IC or Mod. Does the same hold true with my Optima chokes? Also, any advice on which choke to use? Haven't picked up any ammo yet, and probably won't have a chance to pattern the gun tonight and see what it's doing. I have IC and Mod.

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 Post subject: re: Optima Chokes and Steel Shot
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:59 am 
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Yes, the Optima chokes are safe for steel, with the same choke restrictions - not more than Mod.

Not being a goose hunter myself, I can't tell you which would work better. I would just take both and ask the other hunters when I get there.

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 Post subject: Re: Optima Chokes and Steel Shot
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:07 am 
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As a rule of thumb you should always shoot steel through mod or a more open choke. You need to look for "SP" (steel proof) on any of the Beretta chokes to shoot steel shot. This is out of the Beretta manual:
"Use of tighter constrictions (IM,F) with steel shoot does not increase pattern density and will distort normal pattern density associated with led shot (i.e. "blown pattern").”

I typically use IC or Mod depending on the distance of the shot. I use IC for up to 35/40 yards and mod for longer shots. Steel shoots a tight pattern through my Beretta 391 (w/ Optima barrel and chokes). For me it shoots very well at up to 35/40 yards w/ IC. Others may disagree but again this works for me.

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 Post subject: re: Optima Chokes and Steel Shot
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:55 pm 
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what obx said, with the addition that skeet might not be too bad if you're hunting them in close. IC for say, 25 - 35 yards.

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