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April 3, 2011, 10:26 PM
Just today I joined a league for Trapshooting, i had never shot at a moving clay till todays practice. The three warm up shots (my first three ever I hit 1 out of the three) Then we did a practice round and I shot 12 out of 25. I am a big outdoorsman and shoot quite often but just never at clays. I turkey hunt as well. My question is that I have 2 shotguns that I could use, a mossberg 835 12ga with a custom turkey choke in it(I would have to buy a new choke) or what I used today a Browning 12ga over under. The Browning has a integrated choke and the markings are **S....which I assume means modified choke and SKEET. The Browning is part of a kit. The kit has a 12ga, 20ga, 28ga, and a .410 barrel in it. All of the barrels say SKEET except for the 12ga which says steel on it then by the extractors it says **S. So what do you guys recon i do?
April 4, 2011, 10:59 AM
The older brownings use an asterisk (*) or a set of them to determine the choke of the barrel. (one) * is Full, (Two) ** is Modified, and (three) *** is improved cylinder. This marking is usually located on the side of the barrel along the same line as the mfg's name.
More complete answer BROWNING CHOKES AND THEIR CODES (ON REAR LEFT-SIDE OF BARREL)
'*' designates full choke (F).
'*-' designates improved modified choke (IM).
'**' designates modified choke (M).
'**-' designates improved cylinder choke (IC).
'**$' designates skeet (SK).
'***' designates cylinder bore (CYL).
When you say "Citori" the problem is today, there are about 30 different models of the "Citori". At the time your gun was built / these 4 barrel "Skeet" sets were one way that a Skeet shooter could compete with all 4 gagues / which you don't do in Trap. I would not suggest you modify the fixed chokes on the 4 barrel Skeet set / and you can tighten up your pattern a little by using different shells / but not really enough to be effective on Trap singles - where you kill the target at about 35 yds from where you stand ( 17 yds to the house / then the target goes downrange). Those Skeet barrels are probably giving you about a 60" pattern at 35 yds - so you have a lot of holes in the pattern big enough for a clay to fly thru. But if you center it - you'll have some success / but probably not any consistency.
For Trap - I would suggest you use the other gun and get a Modified choke for it.
April 4, 2011, 12:24 PM
I recommend you use that Browning set on the skeet field - that's a nice set.....
Use whatever fits the best - a tighter choke than skeet can help, but a lesson or three on form, stance, moving the gun, etc. will be more of an aid than just sticking a tighter choke into a gun that may not fit you properly.
April 5, 2011, 03:35 PM
try both and stick to the one you break more clays with
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