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Sporting Clays . . . What Chokes?

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  1. gusto777

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    I am going to be shooting in a Sporting Clays Tournament here in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks and wonder what are the best choke/chokes to use. I don't own a dedicated sporting clays gun so I'll be shooting my Browning XT trap gun (O/U-32" barrels). I've done a little research and it seems that LM or IC are popular chokes for this venue. Would appreciate any of your thoughts.

    Thanks,
    Gus
     
  2. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    If a charity shoot most likely IC is all you will need.

    Many of the seasoned shooters seem to put in a LM or tighter choke and never change them.

    Anyway, it all depends on the course and your experience as some courses are "skeet in the woods" and others can be extreme in regard too target distance.
     
  3. shot410ga

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    This is a trapshooters site. Take a hike.
     
  4. dzeh

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    I usually carry C,IC and LM whenever I shoot sporting clays. On the occasional long second shot I might put a modified in. For the most part IC and LM should take care of most of your shots.
     
  5. hunter44

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    LM for most presentations, may go to IM or even LF for some of the long Fitasc or tournament presentations. This is only one of the great things about Sporting Clays, you have to estimate distance as well as cope with all the other variables of several different stations.....Its a Great Shotgun Sport.
     
  6. BDodd

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    You're best off quizzing the locals that are familiar with the venue and don't be afraid to ask the management what they'd recommend based on the day's set ups.....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  7. Texas Ton

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    Screw a couple of mods in and forget about chokes, forget about shells, forget about what anyone else is doing---------LOOK AT THE TARGETS AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!!!!! That is unless, you see a trap target that appears as one like you see when shooting trap, then screw in what you would use on that appropriate target.

    Chokes won't buy most people a single target, unless you don't have enough.

    By far, most people that miss close in targets, 2 oz's of 9's and the wildest spreader choke made wouldn't help their score any, they are that far off.
     
  8. Tugboat

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    I use IC(.010) and M(.020) to break anything on course.. "A" class ATA shooter now a "C" class SC shooter, so I'm no pro.
    At a recent shooting seminar conducted by John Wooley he had us breaking 90 yard targets with IC chokes.It was hard to believe but we actually were able to do it. John also told us that that any target in FITASC could be broke with a M choke, and uses IC and M for everything. He always uses an 1150 fps load stating that the hot loads don't maintain good patterns on long targets. Also according to him fixed chokes are one choke tighter than screw ins.. Move, mount, shoot..
    dw
     
  9. CalvinMD

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    I use a gun with FIXED IC and MOD chokes...nothing to think about...just shoot'em
     
  10. hmb

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    Use an IC coke. But change your ammo for different yardages. 8 1/2s and 9s for close shots and 7 1/2s and 8s for long shots. HMB
     
  11. Texas Ton

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    """Use an IC coke. But change your ammo for different yardages. 8 1/2s and 9s for close shots and 7 1/2s and 8s for long shots. HMB"""

    And why??? Have you ever patterned these? I don't own a gun that patterns 9's any differently than 7 1/2's
     
  12. shot410ga

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    I guess no one got the PUN---"Go take a hike."
     
  13. gusto777

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    Just wanted to say thanks to all of you that responed to me. I appreciate your input.

    Thanks again,
    Gus
     
  14. 3DHC

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    While courses vary, most can be shot with IC chokes. From time to time you may need a Modified but its unusual. Don't get caught up on frequent choke changes as it may distract your shooting focus.

    I frequently shoot a 28ga MX5 with fixed IC/LM chokes and it is amazing how far out it will reach.
     
  15. maclellan1911

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    O/U just put a IC in one tube M in the other, No thinking about chokes, If your like me and do not shoot sporting clays often, you really do not want to be worried about chokes, get a little rushed at a station you will find yourself droping chokes looking for them ect ect. go have fun look point shoot.
     
  16. gus

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    Hey, I'm the real gus !!
     
  17. Shooting Jack

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    I got the pun but I usually ride on a cart. If you ever shoot the course at Savannah Ga you will definitely need a cart and two chokes, IC and Mod. Before shooting at Okefenokee in Folkston Ga I wouldn't have believed that you could consistently break a clay pigeon at 80 yards but I learned to do it with a xfull choke. Well, maybe not consistently but most of the time anyway. Jackie B.
     
  18. maclellan1911

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    O/U just put a IC in one tube M in the other, No thinking about chokes, If your like me and do not shoot sporting clays often, you really do not want to be worried about chokes, get a little rushed at a station you will find yourself droping chokes looking for them ect ect. go have fun look point shoot.
     
  19. gus

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  20. Shooting Jack

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    I got the pun but I usually ride on a cart. If you ever shoot the course at Savannah Ga you will definitely need a cart and two chokes, IC and Mod. Before shooting at Okefenokee in Folkston Ga I wouldn't have believed that you could consistently break a clay pigeon at 80 yards but I learned to do it with a xfull choke. Well, maybe not consistently but most of the time anyway. Jackie B.
     
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