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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    thats the set up for me when I shoot the O/U I will shoot imp cylinder in the lower barrel with a #6 and shoot a 5 or a 4 out of a modified barrel...If I am shooting the 1100 or the 870, I might have a AA Super Sport in 7.5, followed by a # 6, followed by the hail mary load of a short magnum #4...also depends if I am driving the birds or if I am a blocker
    Way too many decisions to make for me, grab a shell and reload, rarely time to shop
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    Chokes: I shoot an IC and Mod....for me I think that's ideal...just wasn't sure what was needed for them "Nike wearing, metal plated ass" wild birds.

    And yes, I'll be hunting over my dog - but remember FT dogs can't hunt!

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    My Browning 20 ga. SxS is choked mod/full. I use 6 in the first barrel and 4 in the second, unless it's really windy...then it's 4 in both.
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    I hate to admitt this but I agree with dr Ed.

    1 1/4 oz of 5 shot.

    Forces you to 3" in 20 gauge.

    Lainee, early season birds I like your choke choice, but late season spooky roosters in wind, I want a full choke somewhere in the mix,

    sometimes , full and full .

    but,,,

    my dog has changed! I now haves dog being trained and struggling lay so, for field trials. She won't track a cripple,, I just have to live with the fact, so I will fill the birds full of lead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FOM View Post
    Chokes: I shoot an IC and Mod....for me I think that's ideal...just wasn't sure what was needed for them "Nike wearing, metal plated ass" wild birds.

    And yes, I'll be hunting over my dog - but remember FT dogs can't hunt!

    FOM
    if you are a really good shot modified is OK, if not make light modified your second choke, in a single barrel IC or light modified

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    I'm by no means an expert on any of this stuff so I use 4's & 2's so I don't have so many BB's to pick out of the carcass. Actually I like spotlighting them in the stubble field & stroking them with a pitchfork handle to completely avoid the lead .

    Gooser - my AFC was a great trailer, loved the feel of a fresh bird in his mouth. & only did it hunting, I must have done something wrong during my training.

    I use a Winchester Ranger 20 Ga with whatever choke I use to shoot pigeons training.
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    When I was shooting a fair number of wild pheasants with a 20 over pointing dogs, I started my seasons with 6s and ended them with "baby"/2 3/4" mag 5s.
    If you think I'm wrong, you might be right.

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    Didn't want to admit that sometimes I have been known to have copper plated 2's as my last shot.

    Didnt want to listen to the group gasp!

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    lite mod choke with #5 shot from Prairie Storm also a special prairie storm choke from Carlson to remove the unique wad from Prairie storm shells is a nice addition
    use this combination in a Benelli Ultra Lite 20 gauge on both SD birds and from Game farm birds
    trog

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