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    Beretta chokes

    Having just bought a new Silver Pigeon 28" sporter in 12g can anyone explain the opti chokes on them ie what's best for what, pigeon, duck, pheasant and geese. It came with 5 chokes which are all lettered not numbered.


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    Get a pattern board go to the range you think you will most be shooting, get few different boxes of shells find what best patterns in the gun, ballistic products page have some good info on pattern testing.

    Atb
    Laird86

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackfish View Post
    Having just bought a new Silver Pigeon 28" sporter in 12g can anyone explain the opti chokes on them ie what's best for what, pigeon, duck, pheasant and geese. It came with 5 chokes which are all lettered not numbered.
    This is nearly as bad as asking what calibre is best in a rifle!!
    There are lots of things which change what the 'best' choke is for a particular requirement i.e cartridge make, shot size, plastic or fibre... It all depends how a particular cartridge patterns in a your shotgun with your chokes.

    I find in my beretta I now always use 1/4 **** & 1/2 *** choke (1/4 in bottom barrel) for nearly everything as it works for me.
    As stated above - if it's a new gun to you it's well worth shooting a pattern plate with your chosen cartridge.

    Full choke will give you the tightest pattern, going down to skeet (cylinder) which will give you an open pattern.

    UK Guy
    Last edited by UK Guy; 23-11-2013 at 11:39.

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    [QUOTE=UK Guy;687649]This is nearly as bad as asking what calibre is best in a rifle!! There are lots of things which change what the 'best' choke is for a particular requirement i.e cartridge make, shot size, plastic or fibre... It all depends how a particular cartridge patterns in a your shotgun with your chokes. I find in my beretta I now always use 1/4 **** & 1/2 *** choke (1/4 in bottom barrel) for nearly everything as it works for me. As stated above - if it's a new gun to you it's well worth shooting a pattern plate with your chosen cartridge. Full choke will give you the tightest pattern, going down to skeet (cylinder) which will give you an open pattern. UK Guy[/QUOTE

    As above. quarter and half. Had a multichoke once, stuck quarter and half in and left them.
    Now shoot a fixed choke cos there is really no need to change chokes, just spend your worrying on pointing it in the right place and you can forget which chokes are in the barrel.

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    Hi, I have a silver pigeon too and the 5 chokes I have are notched on the end and also show an asterix/star to show the choke.

    5 notches or stars showing cylinder, through 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 to full choke which has a single notch/star.

    If your letters are CL, IC, M, IM, F. They will most likely be for cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified and full. These are the same chokes as the numbers shown above.

    For general shooting I use the 1/4 and 1/2 chokes and don't change them at all. If I was shooting geese or ducks, maybe then I would opt for 3/4 and full choke.

    Advice would be not to get to tied up worrying about chokes, just try out different cartridges, to see which combination of choke/cart gives the best pattern at the range you will be shooting.

    Pheasants, pigeon generally 5s or 6s, ducks 4s or 5s, geese BB 1, 3 or 4. these are for lead cartridges. I believe you would need to use an appropriate larger shot if using steel or when required to. ie over wetlands and on duck/geese.

    I hope this is helpful to you and is offered only as a rough guide.

    Regards Alan

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    +1 to quarter and half chokes.

    ​I really don't know why all the o/u shotguns I have bought over the years have been multichokes.
    "Nonsense! They couldn't hit an elephant at this dista.....................".

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    Have they got notches cut out in the tops of them? Usually 1 notch to 5 notches which is the number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laird86 View Post
    Get a pattern board go to the range you think you will most be shooting, get few different boxes of shells find what best patterns in the gun, ballistic products page have some good info on pattern testing.

    Atb
    Laird86
    Very good idea I have been shooting pigeons for forty years. (choke the gun to your ability) . I have a beretta 682 super sport full and full 28g or 32g fours to suit all my shooting needs. If you want to shoot pigeons at 30 to 40 yards 1/4 and half. If you want to shoot with the best you will not have good enough pattern or striking velocity. We use a pattern plate at 70 yards to test all guns and cartridge combinations. (Pattern plate) 4ft steel plate with 4ft hard board panels all around it.We use white paint after each shot to paint the shot out and record the info. Just firing at pigeons and testing if you hit or miss is not good enough. Go clay pigeon shooting and test your shooting at a known range is always a good idea. good luck great sport. woodfordfallow

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    Fit like Bryan

    I use quater and half on my SPIII for most types of shooting. I change them to half and three quarters for high fezzies or geese.

    You will need a tight choke for the fezzies at Tillyfour if you come out for a day ... lol :-)

    C

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    Have a look at this where shot size, distance, load and choke are tabulated as preferred and which I have collated under 'CHOICE LOAD' in an endeavour to minimise the range of cartridges to be held. This can be further refined to suit personal circumstances and preferences.

    QUARRY SHOT SIZE DISTANCE CHOKE(LEAD) SHOT WEIGHT CHOICE LOAD
    Down one size for steel Grams SHOT SIZE LOAD CHOKE
    GOOSE 1 or 3 35 to 50 yds ¾ to full 36 to 56 3 Steel 42 ½
    DUCK 4 or 5 25 to 40 yds ½ to ¾ 32 to 42 5 Steel 35
    PHEASANT 5 or 6 ¼ to ¾ 28 to 32 6 32 ¼ to ¾
    PARTRIDGE 6 or 7 25 to 35 yds ¼ to ½ ¼ to ½
    GROUSE 7 7 ½ 28
    SNIPE 7 or 8 Cyl to ¼
    HARE 4 or 5 ½ to ¾ 28 to 36 5 30 ½ to ¾
    RABBIT 5 or 6 ¾ to full 28 to 32
    PIGEON 6 or 7 ¼ to ¾ 7 ½ 28 ¼ to ¾
    WOODCOCK 7 ¼ to ½ ¼ to ½

    Hope this is clearer to understand

    QUARRY SHOT SIZE DISTANCE CHOKE(LEAD) SHOT WEIGHT CHOICE LOAD
    Down one size for steel Grams SHOT SIZE LOAD CHOKE
    GOOSE 1 or 3 35 to 50 yds ¾ to full 36 to 56 3 Steel 42 ½
    DUCK 4 or 5 25 to 40 yds ½ to ¾ 32 to 42 5 Steel 35 ½
    PHEASANT 5 or 6 ¼ to ¾ 28 to 32 6 32 ¼ to ¾
    PARTRIDGE 6 or 7 25 to 35 yds ¼ to ½ 28 to 32 6 32 ¼ to ½
    GROUSE 7 25 to 35 yds ¼ to ½ 28 to 32 7 ½ 28 ¼ to ½
    SNIPE 7 or 8 25 to 35 yds Cyl to ¼ 28 to 32 7 ½ 28 ¼ to ½
    HARE 4 or 5 25 to 35 yds ½ to ¾ 28 to 36 5 30 ½ to ¾
    RABBIT 5 or 6 25 to 35 yds ¾ to full 28 to 32 5 30 ½ to ¾
    PIGEON 6 or 7 25 to 35 yds ¼ to ¾ 28 to 32 7 ½ 28 ¼ to ¾
    WOODCOCK 7 25 to 35 yds ¼ to ½ 28 to 32 7 ½ 28 ¼ to ½
    Last edited by pinkfoot1; 24-11-2013 at 12:37. Reason: Information unclear as detail lost in attachment

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