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Best choke for trap?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by The_Next_Generation, Feb 24, 2012.

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  1. The_Next_Generation

    The_Next_Generation Member

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    Hey everyone,

    A little while ago I posted about an old H&R 12 gauge that I purchased. I went to the trap field today and boy, nothing pops clays like a 36" tube and a full choke :D

    However, I can't help but wonder if my score would be improved by using a different choke. I would think that a modified choke would give me a wider pattern, thus increasing my chances of breaking the clay.

    I am aware that you cant switch out the chokes on the old H&Rs, so this could be a fantastic excuse to expand my shotgun collection (my family only includes one at the moment :eek:). But I can't help thinking the money may be better spent on more ammo/range time, seeing as this was my first time shooting clays of any kind :D

    Are there any gunsmithing services available that would allow me to change chokes on my H&R like you can on the 870/500/etc. ?

    Side note: After a quick lesson, I found this sport to be extremely addictive..oh boy, another cheap hobby..

    Thanks guys,

    - TNG
     
  2. Hunterdad

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    I use a full choke for trap. I'm not sure what most people use, but when I used a modified choke, I did awful. When I switched to full choke, I average a 20/25.

    So, I say stick with what you have and practice. When you're done practicing, you'll be ready to practice some more.
     
  3. Rembrandt

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    Most use full choke....other chokes will work at 16 yards, but start shooting handicap out to 27 yards and you'll find full works best.
     
  4. oneounceload

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    If you want changeable chokes, Briley in TX, Mike Orlen in Maine, and various others like George Trulock and Carlson's are more than capable of doing it. Typical cost is about $75 plus shipping, plus chokes. For trap singles from the 16, the M is pretty ideal - as you move back, the IM and finally the F become the norm.

    Once you get used to trap, then try skeet and sporting clays - but for those games, and trap doubles, you'll need a gun capable of two shots - either a semi or O/U will work best
     
  5. Woodyard

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    Most experienced trapshooters like to "hang smoke." They want the positive feedback you get from knowing a target is well centered. I use IM for singles and handicap back to 20 yards. full farther back to 27. I use mod and IM for doubles. My Model 12s are all full choke. Trap is a sport of perfection and you cannot chip your way to success.
    For skeet, use skeet chokes. For sporting clays, it depends on the course but IC or mod will usually suffice.
     
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    I prefer a modified choke for 16 yard trap and full choke when shooting handicap trap.
     
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    choke choice

    I use virtually any choke at 16-20 yards. Modified or full 21-27 yards. I have not seen any advantage to a very long barrel.
     
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    I come from the school of shooting the tightest choke you can in trap. It will make you a better shooter eventually as it leaves little room for error and will force you to center up on targets. Also feel that the longer 32 and 34 inch barrels swing smoother, a bit slower and balance better. It really comes down to personal preference and what works for you.
     
  9. Hocka Louis

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    Ummmkay

    The average bird from 16 yard stations are broken at 36 yards. The Improved Modified choke is the one to use. If you are using Full then go to #9 shot at least. 7-1/2 if you are stuck using Modified.
     
  10. wolfe

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    Extra full fixed choke on my Beretta 680 34" under single and I wouldn't change a thing. If I had the ability to change it out I might go to Mod just to pick up that target you just barely missed but I agree with the "SMOKE" positive reinforcement theory.
     
  11. snooperman

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    I also use full choke on my trap gun because

    I like to smoke them. Most people that I know use full choke. Snoop
     
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    Just remember that 25 chips beats 24 smokeballs, every time. there are no degrees of dead
     
  13. DaleCooper51

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    I never shoot handicap, so I use the same IC choke that I run for skeet and sporting clays.

    It seems like a lot of people over choke for clays.
     
  14. The_Next_Generation

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    So do you guys think it would be wise to get a choke system added to the gun?
    Or should I add to my collection ;)

    The gun only cost $75, but I like the idea of leaving the barrel at 36".
    Gives it that "Elmer-fudd" look :D
     
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    I would leave it be. It'll work fine for trap with the full. If you get into it, you'll be buying another gun anyways.
     
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