Chokes for Trap Shooting

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by SpartanShooter, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. SpartanShooter

    SpartanShooter New Member

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    So I just started shooting trap for my high school trap team. I'm using a Mossberg 500 with a 28" barrel, and the shells we're using are 2 3/4 7 Shot. I've been using a full choke in it for the past 2 weeks, and I've been shooting pretty well. My team mates are using all sorts of chokes, and I want to try a modified choke, but I don't know if it's a good idea. Ideas or advice?
     
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  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Modified will have a pattern that opens more quickly than full, resulting in a larger but less dense pattern at the same range. The fit of the shotgun to the shooter will, IMHO, be much more important than the choke- trap guns typically have a higher comb and higher rib than skeet, which is higher than a sporting gun. Try it. see how it works for you.

    Understanding Shotgun Chokes, A brief explanation by Briley

    And I almost forgot- welcome to the forum- when you get a minute, stop over at the intro thread and say howdy.
     

  3. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    try it and see i shoot mod or im for trap .experament and see what works for YOU
     
  4. maierar

    maierar New Member

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    You may also want to shoot smaller shot. Are you a fast shooter or a slow shooter? If fast, in 16 yd. trap, your target is about 30-35 yds. out. Try Imp cyl or mod with #8 or 8 1/2 shot. If you take your time, your target will be further out, maybe 40 yards so maybe try mod or imp mod with #8 or 7 1/2 shot.
     
  5. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    imho 8 it great for skeet but to small for trap if you ever get a chance walk a trap field and see how many clays you find with a chip or 1 or 2 hits that didnt break
     
  6. ta1588

    ta1588 New Member

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    I use Improved Cylinder for close range duck hunting and for shooting clays. Works wonderfully for me.
     
  7. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    sporting clays mostly ic and lm trap m or im
     
  8. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    put a board out at 35-40 yards and pattern your shotgun with different shot/choke combos and see where you get the most centered, even pattern and stick to that combination. Every shotgun is different. For a new shooter when in doubt a more open choke is better. You might not get 25's all the time but your average will improve until you get better, then you move to a full choke and smoke them consistently.

    I shoot 8 or 7 1/2 interchangeably with no change in my scores BUT I shoot a full choke, I either smoke them or miss completely (mostly smoke them :D)