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    What shotgun choke do you use ?

    Am looking at changing my shotgun.
    I don't really need the 3" chamber and am tired of the weight of the gun.
    Just wondering what other folks use and reckon is best.
    It will be mainly pigeon.

    Thanks
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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    Quarter half

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    Quote Originally Posted by private fraser View Post
    Am looking at changing my shotgun.
    I don't really need the 3" chamber and am tired of the weight of the gun.
    Just wondering what other folks use and reckon is best.
    It will be mainly pigeon.

    Thanks
    What gun do you use now? I ended up changing from a Browning 425 to a game gun in 20 bore for my game shooting but also bought a Browning Maxus semi auto for pigeon and wildfowling in 12 bore with 3 1/2 inch chamber. I love the semi auto, it's light and great to use in the hide. I just use 1/4 for everything myself.
    Last edited by Roelander; 16-07-2014 at 15:16.
    Another convert to the Dark side

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    If it's fixed choke your looking at and as you say mainly pigeon
    then it would have to be 1/4 And 1/2 nothing that won't kill
    if you wanted you could go 1/2 and 3/4 but depends on how far you stretch shots
    the first option would be my advice and just alter the cartridges with a bit more
    thump to stretch if you need to

    I personally most of the time shoot internal Teagues 3/ 8th @ 5/8th basically tight quarter
    tight half this shoots fitasc clays out to 70 yds and all my pheasants inc Devon's finest
    only rarely change on competition when there's something really close like a skeet. Bird
    a rabbit or driven
    hope this helps. Regards pete

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    As most of the pigeons coming into your hide won't be more than 20 Yd'ish

    I would go with an open choke say quarter and no more than half.
    as for the cartridges lighter loads closer birds, heavier for higher birds
    of say 6's or 7's of good quality mind you !

    Atb, Buck.
    "let him without sin cast the first stone"





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    I reckon don't let it take over your gun choice - it does make a difference but only at the margins. It's more important the gun fits, and avoid heavy choking (3/4 and up). to be honest even if it was improved and cylinder that would be fine for pigeon.

    Then as roedinator says, just pick the right cartridges for anything long

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    1/4 and 1/2 for me (Miroku MK60 12b).....covers pigeons, pheasants and every other bit of shooting that I do. I'm that rubbish a shot, changing chokes wouldn't make much difference anyway!! I can consistently hit the sky, every now and again a bird gets in the way......
    Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch

    "...Nicely just doesn't cut the cheese....." A new twist on management-speak courtesy of a colleague.

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    In a 12 I shoot improved and 1/2 but my 20 was tighter.I think 1/4 and 1/2

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    I use 1/4 and 1/2 this covers most eventualities out in the field...........DAZ

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