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Do you have a goal? Deer hunting, self defense, etc. The type of gun you have and the shooting you describe are more like rifle shooting(buck/slugs only). If you've talking about shooting at moving targets(wingshooting) that's a completely different game.
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curlyive said:
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Clays with a 26 M choke is doable; however, most skeet target are a little close, so you will need to "be on your game" so to speak.....but, IMO, that's part of the fun
Gotcha, But what about 26" modified for buckshot. 20 gauge #3 most likely.
Where are you getting "#3" lead loads if that is what you mean, or are you talking about a nontoxic load?. They haven't been made in many years as far as I know. true Buckshot( which is mainly 00 thru #4) is usually shot from wide open chokes such as cylinder choke for the best performance. I presume the range allows for small shot(not actually buckshot). If that's true I'd get the cheapest loads "Mart" shells and become proficient with that while learning the details of your gun and how to handle it. Slug shooting is basically shooting a heavy recoiling short range rifle and the same principles apply. Shoot shot from your deer barrel if you're practicing close range combat shooting. You will notice your point of impact quite well at short ranges(under 21 feet) and slugs or true buckshot won't look very different. Once you're "tuned up" you can shoot a few slugs or buckshot to see how you and the gun handles them.
 

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I am talking about #3 buckshot, made by remington or federal. I can use an size buckshot at my indoor range. Not as cheap as target loads, but the range is free for me to use since I am a member.

My question really is, is it ok to shoot buckshot through a 26" smoothbore with a modified remchoke
It won't hurt anything to do this but because of it's size it usually patterns better out of more open chokes in my experience and everything I've read on this subject. The range you plan to shoot makes a difference as well.

Personally, I'd use the cheap stuff for practice but it's your call. I work in law enforcement and we use traploads for training and buck only for qualifications because it's a requirement.
 
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