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April 15, 2006, 10:19 AM
Hi ,new to the site ,but was needing some pointers on shooting skeet/dove.
When I say skeet that is simply shooting out in the pasture w/friends.I would appreciate some suggestions as far as chokes that should be used as well as reason you choose a certian choke size, I am often confused as to the right application for each of the chokes. Presently I shoot an ithaca 12Gg pmp ,
I can`t remember what bore it is but I suck to say the least ,I have been contimplating going to wal-mart and buy a $89. single shot 12 and having it drilled out for a choke just to have as my skeet gun. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated Thanks

April 15, 2006, 12:23 PM
Two main chokes for dove & skeet:
imp. cyl.- Most Open/Widest Pattern
modified-little tighter (My personal preference)

Then you get into all of the assortments of full chokes that different brands/modles have.

Most people use these wider patterns because you're shooting at a pretty small animal and you have a better chance of hitting it and not tearing it to pieces.

April 15, 2006, 10:44 PM
One of my shotguns that i use for hunting is an Ithaca 37 and I love that gun. You need to pattern your gun to see if it shoots to your aiming point. Set up a target 35-40 yds away and shoot at it. You will find out if it hits where you are aiming. If it doesn't you will need to adjust your stock. You can post here for advice if you have to adjust the stock.

Once you find out where you are hitting, then you just need to practice. The improved cylinder or modified chock should work well for you.

April 16, 2006, 09:14 AM
Figure out how far the bird is when you shoot, pattern at that distance with the ammunition you normally shoot. It may be as fine as it. Experiment with different choke tubes until you get the largest possible pattern that doesn't have bird size holes in it.

If you need to make changes then: If your barrel is not tapped for choke tubes, then either have your existing barrel tapped for choke tubes or buy a barrel that is tapped for choke tubes. Usually longer and heavier - up to a point - makes for a steadier swing when the shotgun doesn't have to be carried for hunting. A single shot is often a fine light quick hunting gun with balance between the hands - many people find a little more weight forward stabalizes the swing on birds - not like point shooting woodcock or other places where a light gun has advantages.

In the course of patterning make the point of aim and point of impact what you want it to be - often shooting a little high so that you can float the bird above the front bead works best for clay birds but blotting the bird may work better for you. You can raise or lower the stock comb to change the aim and some choke tubes will move the point of impact around.

Try Sporting Clays or formal Skeet for more fun.