Chokes

by Simon Lusk

A pair of Remington 1100 G3 Left Handers. My favourite gun, and one that shoots really well for me.

A pair of Remington 1100 G3 Left Handers. My favourite gun, and one that shoots really well for me.

Chokes have never been as important to me as they should be, and one of my aims this season is to take a much more scientific approach to chokes.

The first season I had my Remington 1100 I failed to check the instruction manual when I chose the chokes, and assumed that the choke tubes were marked the same as Berretta’s markings. I shot pretty well through the season, knocking over a lot of birds, especially close range quail, but near the end of the season a mate looked at my chokes and told me I was using a tight one for quail shooting.

After that I checked the manual and I had improved modified choke, so switched to an improved cylinder. Most of the shooting I do has a chance of quail breaking from very close in very tight cover, so it is unusual to get more than two shots away before they are behind structure.

Occasionally I change chokes to a modified  if I shoot a spot where there are no quail and a fair chance of a long range long range pheasants. Mostly I do not bother, as I change from 6s to 5s and the 5s seem to drop most long range birds without changing the choke.

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