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7/8 change choke??

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by k80 hopeful, Nov 5, 2007.

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  1. k80 hopeful

    k80 hopeful TS Member

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    Like many of the rest of you, have been thinking of using some 7/8 ounce loads and was wondering for the 16 yard line do any of you change your choke? Currently using IM. Thanks as always for your thoughts. Jean
     
  2. halfmile

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    A friend who shoots dog trials very seriously has done much research on the subject.

    His findings are that the lighter the shot charge the tighter it patterns through the same choke.

    we knew this when 1 0z became popular. So basically, a target breaking pattern should be achievable easily with Improved cyl and 7/8 oz loads.

    Be sure and report back your findings.

    HM
     
  3. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    I use the same, IM. Regardless of the shot load. Althought, I did increase the speed of th 7/8's load.
     
  4. DTrykow

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    I've just started loading 7/8 last week. I used Mod for my first round. No problems. I was thinking of loading with 8.5's instead of 8's. 16 yard only. Dave T.
     
  5. Neil Winston

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    Earl, HM, in my test the smaller load did not pattern tighter and most certainly not better. It just patterned thinner which if you are close enough and accurate enough, makes no difference at all.

    Neil
     
  6. Bob Hawkes

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    Dave, I just had the same idea and loaded some 8.5's this week end. I've not shot them yet but expect to be more than satisfied with them. I don't seem to shoot the 7/8's oz near as well as the 1 oz. I suspect that the problem is me, not the shells, just being sloppy in pointing the gun. Shhot well, Bob H.
     
  7. BDodd

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    I've used 1 oz for 30 years and 7/8 oz of 9s for the last 15 years on close birds of any game and I do NOT change chokes because of the load(s). I started out with a 1928 full choked M.12 and 1 1/8 oz; moved on to 1 oz with full or Imp. mod. on other guns and stuck with Imp. Mod. only until 2 years ago going to full choke at all yards and it made not one whit of difference. In sporting I use the same 1 oz for distant shots and the weenie for close ones and I, at most venues, never change the Imp. Cyl. chokes from that barrel. Am I in the Big Dog fraternity? Heck no but which chokes I use is certainly not a factor....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  8. 682LINY

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    Hello MULEDEAR AKA EARL , I tried to e mail you but my e mail is down,,,,I am a member of Fairfield Glade club and have done a lot of shooting with 7/8 oz loads,,,,dont get down there much ,,live in NY ,,,but I mite be able to answer a few questions for you,,,,I am on with tech now trying to get e mail up ,,,Bill Goscinski ATA # 02 11236
     
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    One of my first times at the club ,,had the luck to shoot with Bill Anderson,,,he wupped me good
     
  10. Bobshouse

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    I'm past the 7/8 ounce loads to loading 3/4...thinking about dropping that down to 11/16. Course I can't hit anything with them, but I couldn't before, so life goes on, but I save a little money.

    I find with those lighter loads a tighter choke works better.

    Bob
     
  11. oz

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    Listen carefully. I have been shooting 1 oz with light mod for years and it is deadly. 7/8's try L/M AND also try I/C. You will be impressed. don't listen to the old guys that say shoot full or extra full or double extra full. you will waste your time. oz
     
  12. halfmile

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    My main gun is unchoked now, but previously used 1 oz with Mod very nicely (8 & 1/2 shot).

    I guess a lot depends on the load/gun combo. Glad I got all those nice pattern sheets to use up.

    HM
     
  13. smartass

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    oz, what's your ATA number so the "deadly" effect of 1 oz can be verified.
     
  14. BLACKDOG

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    I have patterned many of these at 30 yds plus they pattern VERY tight, always use a IC choke even then at 16 yard targets it will turn them to smoke balls, It seens to me that 8's pattern the best, however some guns are different.
     
  15. maclellan1911

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    Shooting a Chambermate 12 to 20 gauge reducer in my XT 30" barrel briley Spectrum IM choke, Shot just fine and was inpressed with the target breaking. I shot 24 24 to tie for 1st at 20g fun shoot. I shot 7/8oz 7.5 and a box of STS target loads 8s. I soon will try to shoot some reloads at 7/8 to conserve a little shot.
     
  16. j2jake

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    I have been shooting 7/8 for 3 years now. I use IM. Practice with full. They work much better than I shoot dag nab it! I have tested 7/8 against 11/8. My scores were exactly the same, 96/96. Jake
     
  17. smartass

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    Jake, that was a very scientific test, using all of 200 shots. I assume you were shooting skeet since you failed to specify.
     
  18. Neil Winston

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    Infer, the modern choke certainly squeezes the pellets; that's why some speed up through full-choke guns. A larget percent of the shot did _not_ end up in the magic circle when I did my test, link above. Nor any other circle for that matter. But you are right, there's no substitute for raw numbers.

    Neil
     
  19. Shotgunbutch

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    Neil thanks so much for your science. I read your posts with eagerness. You dispel the trap house yarns that become fact over Time.

    Arnie
     
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