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shotgun chokes

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by tiko_joe, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. tiko_joe

    tiko_joe Well-Known Member

    ok, i just got back from pheasant hunting. got up a cock and a hen missed both shots. we think the got clipped due to the way the landed and ran but never got them back up. now i'm using a full choke w/4 shot steel and my buddy was using a modified w/4 shot lead & steel. is patterns seemed to be a little bigger. does any one know the sizing of choke patterns. at 10-15 yards i appear to be throwing out a 8-11 inche pattern. i know i need more practice because last weekend i got a bird at about 13 yards. i just what to use the best set up (round and choke) and i dont now if what im using any good?
  2. tiko_joe

    tiko_joe Well-Known Member

    p.s. my barrel is 28"
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    If they are getting up close due to cold weather or dogs pointing them, you need an Improved Cylinder, or at most, a Modified.

    If they are running and flushing way out there you need a modified or full.

    In any case you will have the best success with 1 1/4 oz of #5 or #6 lead shot.

    Most folks are way over-choked with todays shot-cup shells, and a full choke guns shoots like a rifle. You will kill far more birds with an IC, or at the most Modified choke.

    The ones you do manage to hit centered at 15 to 30 yards with a full choke will be hamburger meat and unfit to eat.

  4. Bartkowski

    Bartkowski Well-Known Member

    I use an IC choke if I plan on shooting under 25 yards for rabbit and other small game. A full choke is generally used for turkey not pheasants. I like to use 2 3/4" shell with 1 1/8 or 1 1/4 oz. of 5 or 6 shot for my small game and would probably use #5 for pheasant.
  5. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    There's only one way to find out -- setup a pattern board and see for yourself what your pattern looks like. You're not going to learn anything by guessing. Sheets of paper will tell you all you need to know.

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