Joined: 01 Dec 2005
Shoot waterfowl over decoys? or pass shoot? If over decoys, IC is plenty good, and will also allow you to shoot steel and other harder-than-your-barrel non-toxic alloys (tungsten) with no damage to the barrel. With today's plastic wad units, IC gives quite good results out to 35 to 40 yards with lead and most likely bismuth or other soft shot. With steel it would also be good out that far, and with the more dense hard non-toxics (Hevi-Shot, etc) you are good way out there probably at 50 to 55 depending on your shooting. Today, IC is the most versatile choke for both upland birds and waterfowling. Even with pheasants, birds are seldom taken longer than 35 yards. Want tighter patterns with IC and lead or bismuth, for birds out longer than 35 yards (some late season pheasants, for instance)? Use large shot (#4 -- you'll need the downrange pellet energy anyway) and buffer the shot with Precision Reloading PSB (Precision Spherical Buffer). That will all act to keep your pattern tighter way out there.
Some would cry foul at this, but I was going to suggest sending it off to Poly-Choke. My "stealth" / unmarked Sweet 16 sports one and I'm pleased with it.
Note I said "was"..... best I can tell though, they seem to be having some financial problems at best, or may not exist at worst?
No interest in having the work done and changeable chokes installed? Just a thought.
Cheers to having two barrels & happy shooting.
_________________ VA -- eastern slope of the Blue Ridge, South of the James, North of the Staunton
2007 Browning Citori Lightning Feather
2007 Browning BPS Upland Special
1947 Browning Automatic-5 (stealth Sweet 16) - ventilated Poly-Choke
1937-42 Savage 430
Joined: 27 Jan 2016
Location: Oswego, Kansas
When I bought my model 12 at a gun show years ago the first thing I did on the way home was to stop at my dad's farm and pattern it to find that it was indeed a full choke barrel. I took it to a local gunsmith to install a recoil pad to lengthen the stock for me and had him open the choke to skeet 2 which is a light modified.
The next weekend it performed well for the pheasant opener and for sporting clays as well.
_________________ Sweet sixteen for life
Win Model 12
Rem Model 11
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