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Old 11-03-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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So I'm new to shotguns and I want to buy an over under. I basically want to know, with me only occasionally shooting clays and hunting, do I need chokes? This has really been bothering me. I have researched on the internet and cannot find an answer.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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There are different chokes for different purposes / distances. Generally the closer the target, the more open the choke.

I have friend that installed a modified choke in his shotgun and gave the rest away.

Basic chokes are

Most open > Tightest choke

Cylinder bore. Improved cylinder. Modified. Improved Modified. Full choke

There are also specialty chokes, for skeet, buckshot, turkey, tactical, slugs, etc.

I use a cylinder bore / skeet for busting clays. Modified for pheasant. Extra full for turkey.

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There are different chokes for different purposes / distances. Generally the closer the target, the more open the choke.

I have friend that installed a modified choke in his shotgun and gave the rest away.

Basic chokes are

Most open Tightest choke

Cylinder bore. Improved cylinder. Modified. Improved Modified. Full choke

There are also specialty chokes, for skeet, buckshot, turkey, tactical, slugs, etc.

I use a cylinder bore / skeet for busting clays. Modified for pheasant. Extra full for turkey.
I guess my question is do I really need a choke?
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Yes, you need a choke

If your shotgun comes with interchangeable choke tubes, you need to have the tubes installed A) to avoid ruining the end of each barrel, and B) so that you know approx. how your barrel will pattern.

If your shotgun does NOT come with interchangeable choke tubes, the choke will be fixed in each barrel and should be stamped on each barrel for your knowledge.
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All modern shotguns come with interchangeable chokes. To try and find a shotgun without them will be nigh impossible.
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The gun I am looking to buy doesn't have a choke, so when I shoot clays do I need a choked gun?
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The gun I am looking to buy doesn't have a choke, so when I shoot clays do I need a choked gun?
All smooth bore barrels are "choked", it may be cylinder bore (aka open choke). These are referred to as fixed chokes. Usually the level of choke is stamped on the barrel just in front of the receiver, imp cyl, mod, full, are the most common fixed chokes.

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The gun I am looking to buy doesn't have a choke, so when I shoot clays do I need a choked gun?
Well you can just learn to shoot clays with the gun as is, but you do need to know what choke the fixed barrel is.
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Thank you guys, I think I'm going to find one with an interchangeable choke.
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