Forgive me trapshooting gods as I'm going to shoot my first round of sporting clays this weekend. I will be using my Browning XT. What chokes should I use? Any other suggestions would be more than welcomed.
I'm like Joe, IC/IC most of the time. If I know the course has some shots that will need a bit more, I'll top out at Lt.Mod but it's very rare I do so. I have a buddy that thought he changed the choke on his Rem. 1100 to handle a shot that had to be 50 yards out when shot as the second bird of a true pair. He proudly found he could hit it nicely 4 times out of 5 and THEN checked his choke and it was a Skeet tube. So much for changing chokes. I sense that FTASK is having an influence on what used to be typical Sporting shots - an attempt to add in more distant shots and I wish we could return to the original Sporting setting ideas....breakemall.....Bob Dodd.
Longhorn, Using a O/U shotgun in sporting will make you use two of the same chokes almost all the time. As most course take into account the Auto shooters single barrel gun. So its best to use 2 of the same for almost all stations. Your'll know when to use different. Most shooters will have skeet, IC, and Light Mod or a plain Mod. in their bag. I have never shot a round of sporting that you needed more than a light Mod or Mod. Remember 2 of each is best, now go and have some fun. Break-em all. Jeff
As with the majority of the group, I shoot IC/LM in my O/U. I am not sure if this matters or not but I noticed a difference between shooting my 525 Citori on the clays field vs. shooting an XT. The higher comb affected my mount as I shoot a low gun on the clays field in lieu of a mounted gun. I noticed that I was shooting over the targets more with the XT. It may have been user error but it did have an impact on my score.
Some of these guys change chokes at every station. What a PITA that would be!
Course design will affect your choice so ask what the more experienced guys at the venue what they recommend and start there. If you are new to the game, the long shots will be longer for you and the incomers will be closer than the "good" guys shoot at - because they shoot faster.
Tron shoots a lost of SC and is good at it. Send him a PM and he can steer you right.
I am kind of surprised to see that even on a trap site no choke tighter than modified was recommended, even for long shots. Some even advocating skeet and light mod for the long shots. Most courses do have an average distance that most stations will fall into, favoring an improved cylinder to a modified choke depending on the course. But there is usually at least one or two long stations and at least one close station where a full choke or a skeet choke would work better. Anyone who has ever taken the time to pattern their gun would quickly see the disadvantage of IC or Skeet at long range targets or Modified or IM at closer than 20 yard targets.