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hand thrower ?'s

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by tango3065, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. tango3065

    tango3065 Active Member

    Jan 19, 2003
    Buddy of mine want me to go shoot some clays with his hand thrower but I don't know what would be the best choke, and don't really know how far a hand thrower will throw a clay. I have a 870 with a 18" cylinder bore, and a 870 with a 28" and interchangable rem chokes with a MOD, and a IC. I am figuring the 870 with a 28" barrel and a mod choke but what do you guys think.
  2. Oldnamvet

    Oldnamvet Participating Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Depends on the person throwing. Some guys can sling that sucker as far as an electic thrower, others not so far. Since most shots will be going pretty much straight away, you can shoot sooner with the IC tube or let it get a little farther and cover it with the MOD.
  3. theCZ

    theCZ Active Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Go for the 28" barrels. The thing I like about hand throwers is that you can really make shots random so you have to really be paying attention, I enjoy straight up shots personally. Stick with IC. There are some really fun things you can down with a handthrower, when I was going to college I'd take some buddies and drive up a logging road on a mountain side, find a suitable place, have the shooter go downhill a little ways, and throw them over the shooter's head and through the trees, making it important to pick 'em up quick! It's a great way to get used to the way your shotgun shoots too.
  4. STiTkacik

    STiTkacik New Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Milledgeville, Ga
    I love using the hand thrower.

    It makes the day that much more exciting because all of the angles are different just about every time...
  5. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Senior Elder

    Sep 8, 2005
    Don't ask us, ask Remington! :)


    My recommendation: Improved Cylinder. And try both barrels. The short cylinder-bore barrel might work surprisingly well for some shots, though the 28" barrel will have a smoother swing and natural follow-through. But if nothing else, learning to quickly acquire a target and point-shoot accurately with the short barrel will make you a lot more effective should you ever have to use it to save your life. And practicing with the long barrel is invaluable if you want to hunt or do any more formal clay shooting.

    American Trap birds come out of the house 16 yards in front of the shooter and fly at 36 MPH, give or take. And IC works just fine for that, though I prefer Modified for trap singles.

    For hand-thrown targets that start flying right near the shooter, IC is the only choke that makes sense.

    If you want to practice precise shot placement, use a Full. You can tell where you hit the target (or if you miss -- the clay bird will move away from the shot column flying by) with a Full choke, so you can practice hitting it dead center. But it won't be as easy to hit, so if you're starting out, I'd enjoy the IC until you're bored. Then go Modified and then Full. If you're really feeling cocky, get an Extra Full or a Turkey choke. Good luck!

    Have fun. Shooting flying stuff is highly addictive.

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