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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:48 am 
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You really need to pattern. Especially for those shooting 1 oz or less. Todays promo ammo sold in the big stores have soft shot. If you reload and buy foreign made shot your shooting 2% crap. Matters less if your shooting skeet or 16 yard trap, but add some yardage and be disappointed in your performance. The patterning board is boring, but it is your friend and confidence builder.

Set up to crush targets with well placed shots, chips and chunks only look good on the score sheet and your soon to score some zero's. Build your confidence in the gear and yourself through broken targets. Well broken targets with enough choke and quality components. Knowing when your on target mentally and physically sets up the next shot.

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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:22 am 
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Depends on how far you shoot. I shoot at 2 different 5-stand locations for a winter league. At the one, everything is closer than 30 yards and I shoot a skeet choke. At the other, things are more spread out and I use IC.


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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:42 pm 
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I'm of the learned opinion that most people over-choke their guns for clay shooting. Yeah, it "dusts" clays when you hit them but it leaves you with a narrow margin for error, which is kind of the point of a shotgun in general.

However, choke is only one aspect of what limits or extends your range. The eight of an ounce more up from a 1 oz load makes a huge difference as it significantly increases your pattern density, regardless of choke.

Also not all guns shoot the same with the "same" chokes.

Bonus: I remember one time I shot skeet with a 70 year old man, who used his old Full choke wingmaster. He got a 24 and the smile never left his face the whole time. All the "pro" skeet shooters there had their mouths ajar in shock.

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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:34 pm 
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Location: Olympia WA.
JoM wrote:
Measure those choke tubes. The constriction that is marked is incorrect. the ones I received with my gun were off
full=full
imod =mod
mod = ic
ic=skeet
skeet = cyl

I have two shooting friends who shoot Browning 725 shotguns. Both struggling at 16 yard. I had them using chokes that were marked Mod. Finally after much nagging from me had them go to pattern board. Had them shoot at very large cardboards {about 30X 40 inches} from 38 yard as that was as far as the fence would allow us to go and that is about the distance they break birds at. Both patterns with Mod chokes were horrible. Completely covered cardboard and looked like a lot of shot missed cardboard. Had 5 holes in pattern that you could throw a cat threw. Had them change to full choke which was much better pattern but not like my Bt99 invector plus full choke. With full choke in bottom barrel their scores improved into the 20 plus per round. So much for D/S chokes and what is with Browning letting such garbage out into the hands of dedicated Browning customers??? Lyle


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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:42 pm 
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I started with IC and LT mod. As I my scores increased I went to two Muller U2s and scores got better. My friend, a longtime master class shooter and instructor said as you shoot more and your skill develops, finding target line and getting lead down, length of shot string in tighter chokes is your friend. He shoots two U3s. I don’t know, I am still learning. Just speaking from my experience and what I am being told


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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:50 pm 
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I’m gonna go a bit against the grain here-

Stay away from the pattern board. Your mount isn’t consistent enough for it to mean anything and worrying about pattern density is a waste of your time.

IC/M that you already have in there are just fine for all but trap. For trap go M/IM or so.


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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:43 am 
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My pattern board is a clay target. When I go the club for practice I shoot the clays till I get the break I want.

If I don't like the breaks I am getting I change chokes till I do get the breaks I want.

I have never liked shooting on a piece of paper.

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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:27 pm 
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For sporting clays I use Teague chokes in LM and Mod. Longer targets IM and Mod I couldn’t believe it until I patterned them but the factory Browning chokes had “ gaps “ in the patterns. The patterns were much better with the Teagues. I used #8’s AA on the tests. Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:56 pm 
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12% less lead in the air with less energy would certainly impact my scores. I'd be inclined to think that correcting the new variable would be the easiest way to regain the lost targets, then develop better technique to shoot tighter patterns over the long haul. Low hanging fruit....


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 Post subject: Re: which choke do I use?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:16 am 
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The first thing I did when coaching college level shooters. Pattern on a plate at 35 yards. Each team member would be able to see if their choke selection was acceptable and offered confidence in where the gun was placing shot. We would pattern a single shot to check choke selection and drop 2 more to get an average of POI. I have never owned a target shotgun that didn't spend time patterning.

I know it boring.....Maltz



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