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Choke Choice for Pheasants

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I am going this weekend to a game farm for pheasants and am wondering what choke I should use. We will be hunting over 2 dogs. 1 pointer and 1 lab. I will be using a 12 ga with 3 inch mag. Would modified or improved cylinder be better. Thanks for the input.

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this time of year, hunting over a pointer, I would opt for the modified choke.

Imp Cyl would be an option if you're quick with target acquisition.

I tend to do my best shooting with a full choke.

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Usually I'm hunting behind a springer and black lab, I shoot a benelli nova 12 ga with haydel's choke that works well at 15-20 yd shots. It is my waterfowl set up but works great though...next year I may try a patternmaster.

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I would be shooting a Skeet choke if one were available for my new gun. I opt for the improved cylinder instead.

If you are going to a game farm, I would most definitely use the improved cylinder as those birds tend to flush rather close.

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Agreed. At a game farm, they will flush closer than wild birds. I usually use IC.

You might want to check if they require nontoxic shot if you have never been there before.

Good Luck!

CJH

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As everyone has said, the birds at game farms tend to get up at your feet. However, I still prefer a Modified choke for the instances where you or your buddy misses and you need a little extra range. You can always give the bird and yourself a little more time to set up for the first shot, and then having the Modified choke, will give you a better chance at a second or third.

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using the 16ga o/u and pointers I have a mofified and improved cylinder in early season and switch to full and modified in late season in areas that have a lot of hunting pressure

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Modified with Steel shot is gonna shoot like a full choke.

I/C All The Way!

Unless you want to clean them at the same time.

I used 20ga 2 3/4" 5 lead with Modified last week on late season ND roosters. Didn't loose a bird, most were dead on impact with shot in the head, heart, etc. Lot's of 40 yard shots, really spooky birds.

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I was going to say that it depends on what you are shooting. If you are shooting lead, go with modified.

If you are shooting steel/non toxic, go with I/C; and you will want to use a larger shot size, as well.

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All mod all the time. I even have double mod chokes in my O/U. Maybe I'm a bit slow but when I patterened my gun the IC was just way to open and had no range at all. I would rather wai ine second and let them get out bit rather than use the IC choke that came with my Benelli, nice for grouse but not for the willy rooster. Having said that I never shoot steel so not sure what I would do if I had to use that stuff

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