I would suggest using an improved on first shot and mod on second for when the clays have moved further away. I've also seen shooters using improved for both shots. The direction and speeds of the clays is the big factor to me. But I also have to say just take what you got and go have fun.
depends on the course. might be some really close shots or rabbits that a skeet choke would be better. you rarely need more than a mod choke. I do
bring a variety of ammo too. The faster the better. For the first time, you want to concentrate on the lead. I can tell you that most sporting targets are descending so you need to be "in front and under". Many newcomers miss birds over the top. "shoot the feet off the bird" is the best advise on a sporting course. A few rounds of skeet will help you dial in to crossing and incoming birds. Have fun!
Sprinklerman... I think you nailed it.
I picked up a very reasonably priced Browning 325 on here and shoot a fairly close course near my house with Skeet & IC tubes. The selectable trigger helps with some of the mixed presentations.
Ive been referring to it as Sporting Crack...
My rule of thumb is: The more target that you can see, the less choke you need. The less target that you can see, the more choke I use, especially on long crossers. On most courses, You may only need skeet and IC. Sporting can be very addictive and is much more costly than trap shooting, for targets. The main thing is to go to have fun. Bill
Use the KISS method. Put a IC in the bottom and Mod or Lt Mod in the top. Shoot either 1 oz or 1 1/8th oz of either 8's or 7 1/2's, whatever you have the most confidence in. Shoot the load that you would shoot for short ydg handicap. Once you pick these out, don't give it another thought. JUST REALLY FOCUS ON THE TARGET!! I see too many folks (sporting, trap and sometimes skeet) that think too much about what load or what choke to use for a given target presentation and not enough attention to reading the target line. If you are looking at the target, really looking at the target, you should be able to see some detail about the target, not just that it is orange or round. Just my 2 cents.
Keep it simple. Shooting clays is basically a simple game, people tend to make it harder than it needs to be,
LM will shoot any courses you will go to here in the USA Europe if you ever go you will need your mod and full chokes. In my opinion and I am a sporting clays guy. IC on the botton and LM on the top and switch your first barrel fired as needed. you'll be fine if you want to tke the thought out of it shoot LM in both.