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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-18-2017, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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What's chokes should I use?

Hi guys, I am buying a new Miroku mk 70 12Ga and I need to know what choke to use for the shooting I do (all lead.) I shoot Field and game simulated field which is pretty close to sporting I've been told. Some but not many use 1/4 on bottom and 1/2 on top. A lot of people at my club use 1/2 on both barrels. Some also do 1/2 on bottom and 3/4 on top. I was thinking of going with 1/2 on bottom and maybe 3/4 or full on top. There is often a close target say 20-30 yards and 35-50 yards for long targets and you encounter a blend of both in each round. What would you use? Out of the same gun I will shoot rabbits with 4s normally at 20-30 yards but about 30% of rabbits will be between 30-45 yards. I was thinking 1/2 bottom and full on top. Ducks normally at 25-35 yards but I also see them at longer distances such as 50yards but I have never really shot passed 40 with much success before. I might have to use steel sometimes so I was thinking 1/4 bottom and then 3/4 top. But with lead 1/2 and full. Foxes I thought 3/4 and full as I normally have to shoot at longer distances such as at least 30 yards but often 45. Also normally they aren't moving so don't need much margin for error. I also might use it for skeet which I have never done before but we have a spot on our sporting ground they say is like skeet and I really enjoyed it using a side by side with both 1/4 chokes. Would probably use a 1/4 and 1/2 as I don't think it comes with 2 of each choke just one for each size. Would probably use the same for quail which I haven't done lots of but I'd say distance of 15-20 yards is common every now and then maybe 20% a bird from 20-30 yards. I have more game but I thought I should stop now. If you agree with or disagree please comment as I am no expert and am only ball parking this stuff but I want to know more.


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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-23-2017, 11:45 PM
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Hello, I've never been much of a choke person as I don't do much shotgun hunting anymore. What guns I do have with chokes are marked full, mod, cyl. or something along those lines. So the 1/4 and 1/2 and 3/4 chokes you refer to are probably similar to the chokes I mentioned. Full for ducks,geese, fox, mod for pheasants and rabbits, cyl for skeet. One should never shoot slugs from a full choke barrel/choke. Others may have a better idea regarding the mixing of chokes, however, I don't see the need to mix them up as I am the person who would chose the wrong barrel first. Good luck with your hunting.

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