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What choke should i use for farm pheasant hunting? I have a 20 gauge Nova and will be using 3" #6 shot for the hunt this Sunday.

Question by Waterfowlhunter05. Uploaded on March 18, 2010

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I would use a modified or full, they will both get the job done. I just would'nt take any long shots.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

If the birds are going to be flushing close such as when using a pointer and you can be right on top of the flush I'd use modified. For longer away flushes such as using a flushing dog or just walking an area out and you might have birds flushing a little further out then I'd use the full choke and Hi brass shells.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I have a 20 gauge Nova.

Use full choke.

Shoot at 25 yards.

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

not IC i will be hunting with two other people and a dog and guide. it is my first pheasant hunt

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Modified choke...best all around choke by far.

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

im not a very good shot but ill try mod. hopefully with my brother and dad also shooting we can get a couple and a good experience

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

not IC?

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Most use a full choke for wild pheasants since they tend to get up at 30 yards or so. If you are hunting on a pheasant farm where the pheasants are accustomed to people feeding them and really don't know how to fly a modfied choke will work fine. I use #4 shot as well so I don't have to eat as much shot and I can drop a fat rooster at 50 yards. If you shoot with a full choke or with #4 shot you need to make sure they are about 30 yards away before you shoot.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Waterfowler,
IC is a little too open...I have a choke in my lower O/U barrel called light modified...between a IC and a modified, then an improved mod. for the upper. I consider full to be too tight, but for the longest shots, and if you are taking long shots, say 50 yds. and farther, my thinking is they are bad shots with any choke. With new modern wad cups, the patterns thrown at 45 yds, let's say by a modified choke are quite adequate, and now they aren't too tight for a 20-25 yd shot. IC would be perfect for those 20-25 yd shots, but you have to consider the comprimise, and what distance you might expect to get shots. And the bottom line is the heavy consideration has to gu to can you shoot where you are looking? Choke differences are slight, and the heavy weight has to go to shooting accuracy.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Firehawk was bang on! Absolutely. I wouldn't use imp cylinder with 20 guage for anything but a grouse sitting in a tree.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Ontario Hunter,
The guy is using 3" shells...that is 1 1/4 oz of shot....the same as in a 12 ga. pheasant load! IC is very effective for 20-30 yd. shots with a 20. A 20 is considered a big ga. especially when using 3" shells.

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

so... i am going tomorrow and it is farm pheasants. i am using 3 in. shells. i have never hunted pheasants or any bird before so i dont know how long the shots will be. i will be hunting with two other guys with 12 gauges. plus i am not a very good shot

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Sounds to me like you'd better leave the gun home, and be the bird dog....practice, practice, practice...learn how to shoot, and then go live bird hunting.

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

i got one and we got seven total! it was a great trip and i will definately do it again. i hit it and killed it with my first shot plus I did it totally for the experience.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

If the birds are going to be flushing close such as when using a pointer and you can be right on top of the flush I'd use modified. For longer away flushes such as using a flushing dog or just walking an area out and you might have birds flushing a little further out then I'd use the full choke and Hi brass shells.

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I would use a modified or full, they will both get the job done. I just would'nt take any long shots.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I have a 20 gauge Nova.

Use full choke.

Shoot at 25 yards.

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

not IC i will be hunting with two other people and a dog and guide. it is my first pheasant hunt

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Modified choke...best all around choke by far.

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

im not a very good shot but ill try mod. hopefully with my brother and dad also shooting we can get a couple and a good experience

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

not IC?

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Most use a full choke for wild pheasants since they tend to get up at 30 yards or so. If you are hunting on a pheasant farm where the pheasants are accustomed to people feeding them and really don't know how to fly a modfied choke will work fine. I use #4 shot as well so I don't have to eat as much shot and I can drop a fat rooster at 50 yards. If you shoot with a full choke or with #4 shot you need to make sure they are about 30 yards away before you shoot.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Waterfowler,
IC is a little too open...I have a choke in my lower O/U barrel called light modified...between a IC and a modified, then an improved mod. for the upper. I consider full to be too tight, but for the longest shots, and if you are taking long shots, say 50 yds. and farther, my thinking is they are bad shots with any choke. With new modern wad cups, the patterns thrown at 45 yds, let's say by a modified choke are quite adequate, and now they aren't too tight for a 20-25 yd shot. IC would be perfect for those 20-25 yd shots, but you have to consider the comprimise, and what distance you might expect to get shots. And the bottom line is the heavy consideration has to gu to can you shoot where you are looking? Choke differences are slight, and the heavy weight has to go to shooting accuracy.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Firehawk was bang on! Absolutely. I wouldn't use imp cylinder with 20 guage for anything but a grouse sitting in a tree.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Ontario Hunter,
The guy is using 3" shells...that is 1 1/4 oz of shot....the same as in a 12 ga. pheasant load! IC is very effective for 20-30 yd. shots with a 20. A 20 is considered a big ga. especially when using 3" shells.

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from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

so... i am going tomorrow and it is farm pheasants. i am using 3 in. shells. i have never hunted pheasants or any bird before so i dont know how long the shots will be. i will be hunting with two other guys with 12 gauges. plus i am not a very good shot

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Sounds to me like you'd better leave the gun home, and be the bird dog....practice, practice, practice...learn how to shoot, and then go live bird hunting.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Waterfowlhunter05 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

i got one and we got seven total! it was a great trip and i will definately do it again. i hit it and killed it with my first shot plus I did it totally for the experience.

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