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 Post subject: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:39 am 
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We've all debated on this board the various pros and cons of various chokes, but let's say we have a fixed single barrel shotgun. What's the best compromise choke that gun?

After about twenty five years of shooting a whole lot of clay targets and a few birds on the wing, my vote goes to a 12 gauge shotgun choked about .015 thousands constriction, otherwise known as Skeet 2 or Light Modified.

Feed such a gun#8's or #9's and it's a skeet gun. Give it 7 1/2's and it shoots trap and sporting clays. With #6 pheasant loads it works for pheasants. Or you could just shoot 7 1/2's at everything and be done with it.

The makers have pretty well settled long ago on Improved Cylinder, Modified, and Full chokes being the standards, and Light Modified is usually an "extra" choke or something you have done to your old fixed choke barrel. If I can't have Light Modified, I want Improved Cylinder (.010 constriction). If I can't have that I want Modified (.020), and if not that I'll shoot the full choke and learn to like it or have it reamed out to Light Modified.

We've all read about how each choke and each load is different, and only the patterns on the plate count, and then we go right out and shoot what we have. I've found that most light modified chokes shoot about the same pattern as any other light modified tube or barrel, and they don't vary a whole lot. Also, I think that a light modified is more able to shoot wide patterns with smaller shot and tighter patterns with larget shot than any other choke constriction.


Add to all this that the barrel makers seem to have all agreed years ago that .015 constriction is as tight as an older fixed barrel gun should be and shoot steel shot, and the case for the light modified for a single barrel gun is closed.

Make mine light modified,,,,if it's convenient.

Otherwise I'll shoot whatever is handy.:)

Who else likes (or doesn't like) a light modified choke to shoot everything with?




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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:50 am 
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For single barrels yes, especially in 20 gauge. Add Remington No5 for bunnies, and it works just fine for me.

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Ideal for an O/U for me is LM bottom barrel, IM top barrel, perfect setup.



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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:43 am 
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light modified is a do all choke, not too tight, not too loose. If I could only have one choke, LM would be it.


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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:52 am 
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I agree. A light modified is a dandy one-size-fits-all choke. It's what's in my Super X and I've run 50 straight at skeet, killed limits of doves and the odd armadillo with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:51 am 
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Armadillo taste like chicken?

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:30 am 
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Like the commercial said, "What can Brown do for you?" :mrgreen:

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BTW why is there no color stripe standard? Every company uses different colors for constrictions. Would it have been so hard to standardize?

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:16 am 
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I have a extended steel shot tube in my SX-1 plain barrel marked "Steel Modified". With lead #5's it shoots a true Light Mod pattern, and with steel #3's a true modified pattern. It is as close to a perfect field choke as I could want. Works on upland game and decoying ducks.

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
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LM is for girls and people who can't make decisions. :wink:

Modified is a proper choke. Blitzes everything from 25 - 70yds. Seriously, it's the only choke you need.

Stick it in and forget about chokes for ever!

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
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LM is for girls and people who can't make decisions. :wink:

Modified is a proper choke. Blitzes everything from 25 - 70yds. Seriously, it's the only choke you need.

Stick it in and forget about chokes for ever!


An interesting thought. I have a number of friends that feel Improved Modified is the only appropriate choke for the second barrel.

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
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''Ideal for an O/U for me is LM bottom barrel, IM top barrel, perfect setup.''

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
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I use IC/LM allot of the time. Perfect for longer sporting clay targets. Other times I use SK/IC, works just as well. IM makes no sense IMHO...

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
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LM/IM is the right combination, except they should be line up SXS, not one atop the other.

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:32 pm 
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right now I'm using lift mod in the bottom and mod in the top with
1 oz loads. if something is in your face depending on the second target,i pull one of the tubes out and shoot #9's.


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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:58 pm 
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SuperXOne wrote:

After about twenty five years of shooting a whole lot of clay targets and a few birds on the wing, my vote goes to a 12 gauge shotgun choked about .015 thousands constriction, otherwise known as Skeet 2 or Light Modified



It doesn't sound like you are a trap shooter, a skeet shooter, a turkey hunter, or a wild pheasant hunter.

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:13 pm 
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Riflemeister wrote:
LM/IM is the right combination, except they should be line up SXS, not one atop the other.




My barrels are SxS if I shoot my O/U Gansta Style Image:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:27 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
It doesn't sound like you are a trap shooter, a skeet shooter, a turkey hunter, or a wild pheasant hunter.


Ouch!

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 Post subject: Re: Who likes Light Modified?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:36 pm 
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LM for me in most waterfowl situations where I'm shooting hard shot. Ditto for Pheasants with 1-1/4oz of premium #5's.
IC for sunflower doves and teal/woodies early season.
Most sporting clays I opt for IC or LM.
A Semi-auto is my favorite for hunting.
One choke...LM is my pick!


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Riflemeister wrote:
LM/IM is the right combination, except they should be line up SXS, not one atop the other.


And there it is! I don't think you can say it better than that!



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