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If you shoot without the choke, some of the wad is bound to deposit itself in the threads. Unless you clean the threads out very, very thoroughly, you run the risk of ruining them.


As you can have true cylinder chokes, there can be no advantage in taking the chokes out - other than bravado or laziness.

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I've done it a few times :o


Helped me onto the podium the other year at the Classic,don't think i'd have hit all of the close rabbits without a bit of thread & thread to help me out :lol: :lol:


I know one promenant shooter who's done it for years with no apparant problems :hmm:




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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 rather than SxS every time as the recoil is stright back so the second shot is easier (not just my opinion but also in loads of books). I use 1/4 and 1/2 and agree that there's not much that can't be broken - you still have a good useful pattern at 45+ yards with 1/2 choke. 28gr carts are definitely the load and 7 or 8s are the shot sizes. Rather than gettin a gun specifically for clays why not get a solid 28 or 30" O/U with multi-chokes? That way you can spin a new choke in if you're shooting high tower or open it out if you're trying skeet. When i learned to shoot (too many years ago to be nice remembering now) I shot everything with full and 3/4 and 7/8 ox Sellier & Bellot vermin cartridges because that was how the guy who taught me got results. I could stright skeet layouts and DTL in those days (not any more I'm sorry to say) but it just shows that if you aim at the right piece of sky you will powder anything :0) Clay shooting is all about fun and socialising so just enjoy the day and don't get hung up on big scores - they'll happen and we're not all cut out to be the next George Digweed. Hope this adds to the chat if nothing else... :good:

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I learned to shoot with a 28" browning 424 choked 1/2 and 3/4 I was averaging late 30s in a matter of weeks the odd 40ex 50.


Then I bought a 686 30" multi and choked it 1/2 and 3/4 I could guarantee I was in the 40s in most sporting layouts locally the odd 45-46.


Ive then bought a ceasar guerini maxum and choked it the same as the Berreta and my scores dropped dramatically.


After a few experiments ive shot a 43 the other week on a testing layout using 1/4 and 1/2 and this was on one leg following my left leg amputation so my technique has been changed slightly lol.


I was just relieved I could still shoot decent scores but as for chokes I think some guns are fussy all depends on the fit of the gun the Beretta seemed to shoot the same regardless of if it had 1/4 1/2 or 3/4 chokes so long as the second was slightly tighter I was confident.


The guerini wouldnt shoot as well in my hands with 3/4 chokes Ive had to drop to 1/4 in the first and 1/2 I will do well out to 45 yrds but need the tighter choke beyond but my close stuff will suffer.


Im still experimenting but I will advise to start out with 1/4 and 1/2 and see how you go on, my mate has a kreighoff chokes cyl and cyl and he smokes the far tower at Gainsborough with it no probs I on the other hand with 1/2 and 3/4 could hit them but in the compact fitasc I shot a 24/25 beating him and and bet him on the skeet. Weird I cant work it out lol.

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