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jwirecom109
05-06-2012, 07:38 PM
I've been looking at some fixed chokes SxS and O/U shotguns.

I understand the spread of the chokes, but not the uses.

Eg what is a full choke good for?

Any advice would be great.

superbrad
05-06-2012, 07:43 PM
Full - long range birds ie. geese...
Modified - closer range waterfowl and longer range upland ie., the second shot from a double barrel upland gun
Improved cylinder - Nearby flushing birds like typical upland

Now, FYI... I have taken partridge with full choke and I have taken turkey (which are supposed to use turley extra full) with modified... it's all in knowing the limits of your choke...

jwirecom109
05-06-2012, 07:46 PM
Whats the best choke for skeet and trap?

superbrad
05-06-2012, 07:47 PM
Improved cylinder....

jwirecom109
05-06-2012, 07:49 PM
good to know thanks :D

Canuck
05-07-2012, 12:23 PM
If I understand correctly- steel shot changes everything when it comes to choosing a choke.

JustBen
05-07-2012, 01:27 PM
If I understand correctly- steel shot changes everything when it comes to choosing a choke.

Absolutely. For the little amount of shooting at waterfowl I do, I'm using tungsten matrix in my shotguns for the simple fact that I can still use a full choke and the same shot size as I do in lead.

M.T. Chambers
05-07-2012, 06:05 PM
Trap birds are shot at 32+ yds and usually require mod.-full chokes, as 1 or 2 pellets may not break the target, skeet is the opposite with most shots under 20 yds., skeet chokes or imp. cyl.work best here. 12 gauge is std. for trap because of the distance, whereas skeet can be shot with any gauge including .410.