Hi, Which size choke would you use for waterfowl? 12' gauge 3' inch #1 or #2 (shot steel) mostly large duck Mallard to cans. average shot 10 to 50 yards. Thanks Greg
Hi, what size choke would you use? 12' g inch steel 1 or 2 size shot average shot 10 -50 yards teal to cans Thanks Greg
Personally - I'd use a full choke with nothing less than BB in steel shot size.
If I read it right you are shooting a 12 gauge using 1 or 2 shot steel. I presume 3 inch though it does not matter in the choke size. You are hunting ducks, (teal) and geese, (Canadian). If you are hunting Canadians use the larger shot sizes like BB and use a modified choke to duplicate a full choke pattern of lead. Use improved cylinder if the shots will be on the closer side of 10 - 50 yards. I would suggest using 4 shot steel on teal as they are not as had to kill and they are fast. You could use the extra pellets and use a improved cylinder for larger patterns. 1 and 2 shot are good choices for the larger ducks like mallards and I would suggest either a modified choke for closer shots over decoys and a improved modified for longer shots. Ed
Improved cylinder or modified. I would also use #3 shot.
Many years ago, I owned a couple of shotguns and never took them hunting with anything other than slugs. At one time I had a nice chart of which chokes were 'best' for the various animals one hunts with a shotgun. Now I'm looking forward to doing some hunting and I want to try my hand at various birds and such, I can't find the chart.
Does anyone out there have something that shows which chokes (and which shot sizes??) are good for different game? I've checked various shotgun manufacturers' web sites and found nothing. Oh, they'll tell you which chokes you can get, but they don't tell you why you might want to choose one over another.