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I'm sure that this might have been done before in this section and if so I appologise in advance but as I don't normally go through the "Clay Shooting" section I would have missed it! I have been invited to joing a Clay shooting club which I have been to a couple of times before as a visitor/friend and I have shot with mixed results. I have used my own "rough shooting guns" (Both SxS and O/U) which have usually been Full and Three Quarter chokes and I have come away with "average" scores, and I have also used one of the club's trap guns which (I believe) is choked at Half and Half and achieved slightly better results - This however could have been quite simply down to my shooting as I know we all have good days and bad days alike.

As I dont want to join and make a complete fool of myself (Even if the club members are not all really that "competitive" and go more for the social side of it and the crack and banter) can I ask the more "Competitive" and "Experienced" clay shooters on here what chokes they prefer to use and do best with please as I would like to be using my own gun rather than having to rely on the club guns.

Also, just as an after thought, do you prefer using an O/U or a SxS for clay shooting, and why?

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I'm sure that this might have been done before in this section and if so I appologise in advance but as I don't normally go through the "Clay Shooting" section I would have missed it! I have been invited to joing a Clay shooting club which I have been to a couple of times before as a visitor/friend and I have shot with mixed results. I have used my own "rough shooting guns" (Both SxS and O/U) which have usually been Full and Three Quarter chokes and I have come away with "average" scores, and I have also used one of the club's trap guns which (I believe) is choked at Half and Half and achieved slightly better results - This however could have been quite simply down to my shooting as I know we all have good days and bad days alike.

As I dont want to join and make a complete fool of myself (Even if the club members are not all really that "competitive" and go more for the social side of it and the crack and banter) can I ask the more "Competitive" and "Experienced" clay shooters on here what chokes they prefer to use and do best with please as I would like to be using my own gun rather than having to rely on the club guns.

Also, just as an after thought, do you prefer using an O/U or a SxS for clay shooting, and why?

o/u for clays (that said we do have a sxs day once a year) i use 1/4 and1/2 chokes for the cays at my local but go 1/2 1/2 if i go to shoot a tower comp that said some of the top shots at both places r using 1/2 3/4 hope this helps

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Very helpful "hcarlos", thank you! :good:

I will still be happy to hear what other clay shooters think and then "pool their thoughts and opinions" before buying a gun specially for clay shooting which is only likely to get used twice a month!

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1/4 and 1/2 all the way mate, very rarely at local club level is there a target that couldnt be broken with 1/2 choke, you only need a couple of pellets to break the clay unlike on feather where you need a good number of pellets in the kill zone.

If your gun has got a barrel selector then you can always switch the firing order if anything is a bit on the long side, i sometimes do this and cannot ever work out if it makes any difference though.

and i prefer my o/u rather than my sxs, mainly because 100 28g carts through the sxs makes the shoulder a bit sore :lol:

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Depends where you shoot, some local shoots could easier be shot with skeet/quarter others quarter/quarter, as I don't the 'new rock and roll' 3/8 choke I will stick 1/2 in the top barrel for harder shoots.

Doesn't make me hit any more, just means I can't blame the gun/pattern etc etc :rolleyes:

 

The best advice is to forget about it, and just get on them.

If you are missing them, the chances are it has absolutely nothing to do with choking.

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dont worry too much imo, i can do just aswell with superfull as my normal 1/2 1/2. where you loose out on pattern width you gain in string so horses for courses really. biggest improvement for most shooters will be technique, i would forget about chokes as a quick fix, for instance my wife (who is newish to shooting) has a fixed choke 1/4, 3/4 and doesnt shoot any different from one barrel to the other.

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Hi,

 

3/4 & 3/4 on everything (inc skeet) - For some reson I hit more, dunno why :blink:

 

One of the guys I shoot with changes his chokes on most stands, but it doesn't seem to make much difference to his scores :unsure:

 

Another one of my mates fell in love with his 3/4 choke after a day with Carl Bloxham - you know who you are :rolleyes:

 

Dave

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Thank you all for your words of wisdom. I think I have just about made up my mind and I will be saving up for an Over and Under that is choked at around either 1/4 ans 1/2 or 1/2 and 1/2 unless I can get enough saved for a multi choked Over and Under.

I appreciate your advice, thanks! :good:

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If fixed choke gun I guess 1/4 & 1/2 is best compromise.

In m/c I nearly always end up 1/4 & 1/4 or maybe 1/4 & 3/8..you really dont need more choke than that.If you get a m/c you will try them all/mix and match for about 2 years then end up with open chokes anyway seems to be the way!!So save yourself the messing around and get a fixed choke and then you dont need to fret about it/spend time cleaning out choke threads etc..

ATB.

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Depends what your shooting, but if sporting, why make life hard? a chip is as good as dust so 1/4 or less and shoot 8 or 9 shot sizes.....

 

Spot on. :good:

 

Top shots can get away with tight chokes, but us mere mortals would just be penalising ourselves unnecessarily.

 

1/4 or 3/8 in both barrels will hit anything on most Sporting layouts. :yes:

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Top shots can get away with tight chokes, but us mere mortals would just be penalising ourselves unnecessarily.

 

1/4 or 3/8 in both barrels will hit anything on most Sporting layouts. :yes:

 

El Magnifico a mere mortal !!!!!! say it ain't so El Magnifico say it ain't so.......

 

But I have to agree with El Manboobs 1/4 or 3/8 for my sporting shooting as well, I have kind of drifted to 3/8 in both barrels at the moment but previously shot 1/4 in both. :yes:

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In my escort i use 1/2 choke as i shoot well with it. Havn't tried the skeet choke yet but i will most probably trying it next time i have a bash on the Clays. Even though saying this i may just stick to the 1/2 as i shoot so well with it

 

In the Lanber i use a skeet and a 1/2 choke, and i shoot pretty well with it aswell :good: :good: :good:

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1/4 or 3/8 in both barrels will hit anything on most Sporting layouts. :yes:

Right that does it, I am going to order one of the 3/8th chokes today so I can stop feeling left out :cry1:

 

Question is, how much is a Teague internal choke for a Beretta 687 these days?

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He's a neighbour of mine and I'm going in there next week, want me to find out?

Thanks for the offer :good:

I had a quick look on t'internet, most shops seem to want to mark his chokes up massively so I just bought one direct from Teague for 30 quid inc p&p which doesn't seem to bad

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Thanks for the offer :good:

I had a quick look on t'internet, most shops seem to want to mark his chokes up massively so I just bought one direct from Teague for 30 quid inc p&p which doesn't seem to bad

 

I reckon you probably saved £20 by going direct. I'm getting the cast on my gun looked at there next week.

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Thanks for the offer :good:

I had a quick look on t'internet, most shops seem to want to mark his chokes up massively so I just bought one direct from Teague for 30 quid inc p&p which doesn't seem to bad

 

The biziarre thing i found when i contacted Teague for precision chokes for my B25 ( these are the chokes that are retrofitted to a fixed choke gun ) that they where if anything slightly cheaper (£24+ Vat) than one of his aftermarket chokes to fit my multichoke B325 /525.

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I think chokes make more difference to some than others. In fact on the Teague website there is some interesting info on the 'order of importance' that in their opinion affects good shooting. Chokes come somewhat lower than many other things. Refreshing too - when he's selling chokes!

 

As an experiment recently I went round a local sporting layout first using an O/U with CYL and 1/4 chokes, then did a second round for fun, using my Remi 1100 which is a field model with a full choke. Both a mate and I scored 40/50 on both rounds, both sharing the 1100 for round two.

 

Not sure what this proves, but it must prove something. Proves I missed 10 I suppose...

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