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WHAT CHOKES SPORTING CLAYS ???

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Murphy, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Murphy

    Murphy Member

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    I am new to shooting registered sorting clays events, and am wondering how many shooters use fixed chokes. I have recently seen a Merkel model 200 SC with fixed chokes, (seem to be IC & Mod). The gun feels great upon shouldering the gun. It has 30 in barrels and really feels great but i am wondering if I will regret not having choke tubes to offer me more options on shooting. Should IC and Mod do the job or should I try to use a gun with more optons, (chokes)?
     
  2. Hitapair

    Hitapair Active Member

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    I have CT's and I rarely use anything other than IC & Mod. Gun fit and how it feels to you is more important than CT's IMO. If you are worried about the IC on long shots, use a 1 1/8 oz load.
     
  3. Husky44

    Husky44 Active Member

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    Dead on with above..

    Don't worry about the fixed chokes, they're perfect..

    I use a mod over mod fixed..
     
  4. dshot

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    Most sporting clay course can be shot with IC and shoot a very good score,Like Hitapair, gun fit is the most impotant thing, using 7&1/2 will tighten up your pattien and a slow burning powder like PB or green dot will help also.
     
  5. Slugo

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    currently I use IC/LM in my B725 12 gauge, and IC/IC in my Caesar Guerini 20 gauge. When I first started over 20 years ago, I went with SK/IC, which still works well. I just like a little tighter choke.
     
  6. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the course.
     
  7. HTSmith

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    In my opinion the IC and Mod is an excellent combination for sporting. I do better spending my time looking at targets than changing choke tubes.
     
  8. 4th. down

    4th. down Active Member

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    IC/Mod. is good. If a long shot, use 1 1/8 oz. 7 1/2's and if in your face, 1 1/8 oz. 8 1/2 spreaders. You should be covered. So, no choke changing, concentrate on the target presentation.
     
  9. BAD 303

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    .015 and .023 would be all you ever need. Choke is not what breaks the target. A great move with a poor choke is way better than a poor move with a great choke. Use one load and fixed chokes and you will have two distractions out of your way that are completely unnecessary.
     
  10. zzt

    zzt Well-Known Member

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    In my 20b I shoot 7/8oz #8 @ 1135fps. On one course I use LS and IS, because there are no shots longer than 45 yards. On another I use IS and LM. I have never need more choke than Mod, but none of the courses near me have 60-70 yard crossers. If that gun patterns well, I'd have no problem with fixed IC and Mod. It is a constant source of amazement how far away open chokes will break a target.
     
  11. Tron

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    Like the Setterman says, depends on the course.
     
  12. jacksback

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    Pretty much what everybody else said. Ideal fixed chokes might be LM/M, but IC/M or M/M or IM/IM all will work fine. At the end of the day the stroke matters more than the choke in sporting clays. Also, you can always send the gun to Briley for a thinwall CT conversion -- they make excellent chokes and do a nice conversion.