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Question by buckeyeben. Uploaded on September 06, 2009
Id say improved cylinder for dove definately. I had one coming in and nailed that bird out of the sky ,deader than a brick, at about 35 yds. If the dove are passing close though i would go for an open choke. I couldent tell you an all around 'best' choke, because different chokes are to be used for different birds and targets. You wouldent use a full choke for dove, or snipe, and you wouldnt use an open choke or improved cylinder choke for turkeys. Hope The info helps.
I used an improved cylinder yesterday, and will again tomorrow for a dove hunt. Works great, and helped me get my limit of 15.
IC for most except high flying geese or ducks then Full, Full or X full for turkeys.
I use mod for all upland game and improved mod and full for waterfowl and have found its a good way to go.
I have a pair of double barrels (16 & 20 ga.) -both are imp/mod -these are my favorites for quail
My 1100 12 ga. is improved - my dove gun
have a x-full choke in my Encore 12 ga. barrel- turkey
Browning BPS 12 ga. full -ducks
Modified is probably best overall for doves. It really depends on your range though. I actually shoot a full choke for all bird hunting to give me additional range. You just have to let doves get 30 yards or so before you shoot if you use a full choke. For pheasants, geese and ducks a full is ideal.
i like to use my over and under and a modified on bottom and full on top
870. Modified. For everything.
I like using a modified for Pheasants, grouse and dove. For geese ducks and turkeys i go with a full choke
Something to consider is that a modified choke (which is what I use for almost everything) when you are shooting lead will pattern differently when you shoot steel. I have heard that a modified lead choke will pattern steel as if it is a full choke.
Depends on the situation/scenario. What you need to do is pattern your shotgun with the shells you are going to be using. Find the correct range to get a 36" pattern for each choke. You can't do better than that 36" is about 6 dove lengths in the field. But there's more Doves fly at about 35 mph mosty time (according to my truck's speedometer). Call it 45 feet per second for ease of calculation. Still rough numbers,but it takes about 1/10 second for the shot to get to the bird. That's 4.5 feet of forward progress. If you have the proper swing and lead, shoot Bout 5 feet in front of the bird, he should be well covered. Use trig tables to calculate your lead for all angles.
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