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Proper Winchoke and Accuchoke for Trap and Skeet?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by msmp5, Dec 17, 2010.

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  1. msmp5

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    My wife and I are planning to try Trap and Skeet for the first time soon. I have two shotguns that I plan on using, a Winchester 1300 12 ga and a Mossberg 500A 12 ga. Both have 28" VR bbls, with either the Winchoke or the Accuchoke (Mossberg). What kind of Winchoke and Accuchoke would I want for Trap and for Skeet? Also, each gun currently has some sort of screw-in choke, but how does one tell what type/size is in it? Is there a tool for getting the Mossberg Accuchoke out? I am guessing these screw-in chokes are fairly reasonably priced? If anyone has a good source for them, please advise. My wife and I are new to shotgun shooting, so please excuse the neophyte questions!
     
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    The winchoke, accu-choke, and the standard browning invector are all interchangable.

    For 16 yard trap, modified choke would be a good starting point.

    Skeet, I would go with cylinder, skeet, or improved cylinder chokes.

    The tubes in your guns should be marked.

    Dont forget to grease your tubes when you install them. Removing seized tubes is not much fun.
     
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    Do not forget to remove them when cleaning the gun so you can clean the threads inside the barrels and on the tube itself

    Skeet, a typical .005 constriction is the standard skeet constriction.

    For 16 yard trap, Improved Cylinder (.010), Light Modified (.015), or Modified (.020) will all work well and do the job.

    Pump guns for skeet can be a real challenge on stations 1, 2, 6, and 7 where you have doubles as well as singles. You might have the puller only throw you singles since you are new until you get an idea on how to work the lead issues. Lead is the greatest on station 4 where the target is a 90 degree crosser

    Good luck and have fun!
     
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    Pumps on doubles are real challenging when you forget to cycle the action. If you are in the habit of shooting an auto or O/U it is difficult to remember.

    Pump guns used to be THE gun to shoot in skeet 60ish years ago, maybe more. So, doubles are quite possible but it does get busy.

    Throwing singles instead of doubles at first is also good advice.

    I am partial to skeet, but the other clay games are fun as well.

    Choke advise above is good. i have done well at skeet with a full choke 410 pump, as long as I remembered to cycle the action!

    Remember, a clay is broken if there is a visible piece. Have fun.
     
  5. msmp5

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    Thanks for all the good info. I just unscrewed the Winchoke, it says "Mod" on it, came out real easy because of the knurled end on it. The Accuchoke on the Mossberg looks like it needs some sort of double pronged tool to get it out though; true? What is the tool called? Any advice on where to get this tool or to order additional screw-in Winchokes or Accuchokes?
     
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    It is a choke wrench or something to that effect. There are several on the market that should work.

    I recently bought a universal wrench that work with several gauges. It is a flat plate with a semi-circle part that goes in the choke and engages the slots in the end of the choke.

    Briley Manufacturing makes a wrench with a crank on it for speeding out the choke tube. Mine works with Browning Invector chokes as well as Briley.

    The Browning Invector wrench is a cylinder with four prongs on it that fit the slots in the end of the tube. These are gauge specific.

    I am sure any store that sells the brand choke you have will have wrenches that fit that brand. I have seen them at Gander Mountain and Bass Pro Shops in my area.

    Hope this helps.
     
  7. msmp5

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    Thanks...... all the info has been a great help. (Been carrying a handgun regularly for a long time but I am kind of a dummy when it comes to sporting shotguns!)
     
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