If you could use only one...


March 9, 2013, 06:33 PM
If you could use only one choke for your 12 gauge, which one would you choose?

Think of a practical do all choke capable for everything from targets, to clays, to ducks, to turkeys, possibly geese (but unlikely).

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March 9, 2013, 06:43 PM
I had a fixed full barrel opened up to 12 poc (right between ic and lm).

For my uses, it works very well.

March 9, 2013, 06:49 PM
Tightest choke you can shoot steel in ( Ducks or Geese is Modified ) ...and you need a Full choke for Turkey....so what you're suggesting is not practical.

March 9, 2013, 06:59 PM
For me, this is simple, because all I use a shotgun for hunting, is pheasant, chukar and quail. IC is perfect. My first barrel has the IC choke tube, and the second barrel has a M choke tube. Never needed the second barrel. :D. If I were going with a fixed choke, it would be IC.


March 9, 2013, 07:10 PM
I followed detailed instructions from Dave McCracken on patterning and application and for my purposes, I C with Remington 00 works best.

March 9, 2013, 07:52 PM
2 barrels on my shotgun so if I could only have one choke it would be Mod. Currently have IC/Mod

March 9, 2013, 07:53 PM
Light Modified

March 9, 2013, 08:57 PM
Modified or Improved Cylinder, either one would suit my needs.

TX Plinker
March 9, 2013, 09:17 PM
Plain ol' Cylinder has worked fine for me so far~ So that's what I'll go with.

March 9, 2013, 10:33 PM
Yep, Cylinder hasn't failed me yet.

Federal's FliteControl wad comes in most any shot size I'd ever use anyway.

March 9, 2013, 11:23 PM
Improved Modified, because in my experience it actually patterns larger shot better/tighter than Full. You can always wait for them to get farther away, but the reverse is not true.

stan rose
March 10, 2013, 09:58 AM
I grew up using an old Ithaca 37 with a fixed full choke. I used to blame the constriction for misses, but over the years I learned how to shoot it. Now I very rarely change choke tubes. I just like using full.

March 10, 2013, 01:52 PM
I'd go with modified.

March 10, 2013, 08:59 PM
Light Modified

March 10, 2013, 09:13 PM
I hunted everything in Kansas with an Imp Cyl Browning A5 for about 50 years.

It didn't work so good on long range ducks and geese with lead shot and paper wad shells.
But plastic shot cups added a degree of choke.
Buffered and hard shot added another degree when those came along.

But the IC came into it's own again for ducks over decoys after steel shot became law.

IMO: More people miss more upland birds like pheasant and quail, or pass shooting ducks over decoys with Mod & Full choke.

Or else they don't miss and completely ruin the eating meat part with too much choke + modern shells.


March 10, 2013, 09:29 PM
Think of a practical do all choke capable for everything from targets, to clays, to ducks, to turkeys, possibly geese (but unlikely).

No waterfowl for me so my one choke would be Mod and I'd control my patterns with different loads.

March 10, 2013, 09:34 PM
Just one huh, I go with the Poly-Choke :neener:

March 10, 2013, 09:40 PM
Full, b/c I very rarely quail hunt and that is the only thing I use a more open choke for.

March 10, 2013, 09:47 PM
I'd go with modified.

Me too!

March 10, 2013, 10:32 PM
IC or Modified, but I don't have to make that choice.

March 11, 2013, 11:22 AM

March 11, 2013, 12:44 PM
Full, b/c it's all I've ever used and I know how my shotgun works.

twice barrel
March 12, 2013, 06:43 AM
Imp. Cylinder because the center of a pattern pretty well stays the same. Larger shot will tend to stay centered longer too so you increase your effective pattern distance by going up in shot size. You do lose more pattern density with a more open choke but the shot string pretty well stays the same in the center so if you are an accurate shot you will be more versatile with a more open choke.

March 12, 2013, 10:44 AM
It would be modified for me as well! The only turkey I've ever taken with a shotgun while actually turkey hunting was taken with a fixed modified Rem.1100 with 2 3/4 " #6 high brass! Turkeys didnt know they couldnt be killed with such inferior equipment back then! It also works on doves and ducks quite well too!

Dave Markowitz
March 12, 2013, 09:44 PM
For upland hunting, trap, and sporting clays, I will now stick with IC. I tried it for the first time a couple weeks ago with sporting clays and hit twice as many as I have in the past when shooting with my 12 gauge 870 and the modifed choke tube.

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March 13, 2013, 08:35 PM
Last turkey season I forgot to change out the watefowl season's modified choke for full...
Killed a nice tom with the modified choke and #5 2 3/4" shell at 30 yards.

March 13, 2013, 08:43 PM
I have a Mav 88 12 gauge with a Modified choke in the barrel, and I have cleared a many trap rounds with that shotgun.

I do have a full and an extra full choke, but have never used them.

March 14, 2013, 06:01 AM
IC or Lm is as close as you can get, that way the gun is fine for most tasks. If you need a tighter pattern for turkeys then you will have to look at reloading and trying to get tighter patterns with wad selection.

March 14, 2013, 08:40 AM
I wonder how the Indians killed turkeys without x-full 10 gauge shotguns.

March 14, 2013, 09:01 AM
My choice for only one would be IC. I think it's a wonderful all around upland bird choke and can be used with excellent results with rifled slugs on deer. I've used modified and it works fine but think the IC patterns better, without as many gaps and clumps. I have to say the newer shells are an improvement from the old in these matters.

Russ Jackson
March 14, 2013, 09:14 AM

March 14, 2013, 09:32 AM
Modified. I am mostly a duck and goose hunter and with lead shot on doves, modified gets it done, too. I'm not a turkey hunter. They say there are turkey around here, though. We just moved about 3 months ago and have a little land. Ain't seen one near the house yet, but if I do hunt 'em, I'll likely use a .22 magnum rifle, anyway.

Yeah, I rarely need anything, but modified. I do, however, have my SxS dove gun choked IC/mod and use the IC barrel often on doves close up, deadly out to 25 or 30 yards.

March 14, 2013, 11:30 AM
I would have to go with Modified as well.

March 14, 2013, 12:31 PM
If I only had one It'd be a modified although I use Imp-Cyl far more than I do Mod.

March 14, 2013, 02:35 PM
I went and picked up a modified choke yesterday. I'll probably pick up an IC and a full when funds allow, giving me a fairly full set without the in-betweeners like light modified and extra full. Based on the research I've done and the input I've gotten from this thread, modified should suit most of my needs fairly well to start off with.

March 21, 2013, 05:30 AM
LM and flight control wads when necessary.

March 21, 2013, 08:14 AM
I can make IC work for everything. I just have to get a little closer for turkey.

Actually I use IC tubes about 95% of the time for everything but turkey which means one of the extended extra full tubes. On rare occasions I will switch over to modified when ducks or dove are flying very high. I've found full to be pretty useless and cannot recall ever using one of those tubes.

March 21, 2013, 11:10 AM
+1 for modified. I have taken turkeys with a nef single shot 20 ga fixed modified using #6 shot (just as chas08 stated) with no issues. They just dropped.

March 21, 2013, 11:50 AM
Light modified for all of that

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