I agree with Eriehunter. I normally shoot a semi and use LM 90% of the time, unless the pair of targets are extremely close or far out. In which case I go with Sk and IM, respectively. When shooting an O/U I typically use Sk and LM.
I use an auto 12ga and leave the IC in ALL the time. I have plenty of other chokes though. I've almost convienced myself that I'd do soooo much better with a LM. Depending on the presentation, I'll shoot different shot size, 8 for closer and 7 1/2 for further shots.
I usually shoot a 391. For practice, it's LM all the time. For Tournaments, it's LM and I carry a Skeet & IM tube. I don't think I've ever used the IM, either. Fewer choices are better, for me. I also carry a box of Spreader loads for the 1 close/1 far pairs you occasionally get. In my O/U, it's IC on the bottom & LM on the top.
Just for the hell of it, last week I switched to enternal IC-M
and went out to shoot a round of SC, felt like a different gun
with no ext. chokes sticking out of barrel, the gun is a sporter,
came with ext. chokes, put in inv. plus chokes fom another
shotgun.........liked the way it swings........seems lighter.
Probably all in my little head. Keeps things interesting!
Shot good score....couldn't tell difference from LM-LM in
target breaking ability at all.
SKT/IC or IC/LM depends on the course but I rarely change once I am out there other than shifting barrels. Been seeing a lot of presentations lately where the first shot is long and the second being close and quick.
It really depends on your shooting level and confidence. There would be nothing wrong with going out with IC & Mod in a double gun or a mod in a single barreled shotgun. For better part of a century this worked before screw in chokes and still does. Work on your fundamentals and learn to properly focus when shooting and I gaurantee you'll stop working about the choke.
b.t.w. I use Mod and Imp Mod and never feel over or under choked. I'm a believer that one shouldn't be missing a 10 yard target with a .22 let alone a shotgun and can't recall a target being missed because of the choke when I do my part.
Being as I shoot a fixed choke o/u, I had to decide what choking to settle for!
I've had mulitchoked guns, but ended up leaving the same chokes in all the time, probably laziness!
I chose 1/2 & 3/4 (I think that's Mod & Imp Mod in the US).
I want to be assured of a dense enough pattern at longer range edge on clays, but at the shorter ranges, I have to be a little more precise with shot placement.
At the shorter ranges, I get a lot of 'smoked' clays, and good breaks at distance.
I do however shoot fibre wad shells, but if I were shooting plastic wad, I would probably have the chokes loosened up a little.
Here's the bottom line.... out to 40 yards IT DOESN'T MATTER. If you missed witth an XF, you missed with a SK1.
Beyond 40 yards a MOD will reliably crunch clays out beyond where you really shouldn't be shooting anyway.
Pick a choke ( or two from the IC, SK2, MOD group), put them in the gun and FORGET ABOUT THEM. There's enough things to consider about breaking a bird as it is. Get the choke selection out of the equation....shells too for that matter.
Years ago Smoker Smith proved that to me... definitively. IC/IC and light 8's were crushing a trailing pair at 60+ yards that very few were hitting at all. It was practice day and Smoker ran 9 or 10 pair before he missed.
Personally I NEVER change chokes and I NEVER change shells.
SK2 and MOD + .002. International 8's and we're off to the races. The reason I chalk up a 'O' is ususally lack of focus... NOT THE CHOKE OR SHELL.
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