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    So I got a new gun from Santa. I am not a huge skeet shooter... I am wondering what choke is prefered for shooting flyers. My club shots a lot of pigeons but also ducks and pheasants. Is IC too tight? Is skeet a better choice? I want dead birds, not destroyed birds. Thanks in advance
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    Depends on your shooting ability and the range of the thrower. Too often gunners show up with tight chokes and make parts out of birds. My preference is IC which with steel is probably a mod.
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    DONT GUESS AT IT! Get some paper different shells and see what your gun and chokes are doing on paper.......you may be suprised at what you find out!!!!!

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    A gunner should shoot a skeet choke or open cylinder, You might be able to get away with IC if you let the birds fly out. However most of the time the shots are too short and you end up blasting piece off them even with an IC. Rounds 6, 7 or 8 steel or lead (I'm sure some states might have rules on this, but they are not wild birds), get into 3 or 4 high brass and you get bird pieces again. I've killed most any flyer pigeon, duck chukar pheasant with Dove loads (1oz of 8), they don't get blown up, and you can use them over and over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Fryer View Post
    So I got a new gun from Santa. I am not a huge skeet shooter... I am wondering what choke is prefered for shooting flyers. My club shots a lot of pigeons but also ducks and pheasants. Is IC too tight? Is skeet a better choice? I want dead birds, not destroyed birds. Thanks in advance


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    Eric: is the new gun a single BBL or an O/U ? in reality most of the flyers you shoot are going to be well within 25 yds, so the more open choke will give you the ability to dust the pigeon without cutting it in half..If it were me I would carry a Skeet,Imp Cyl, and a Lt.Mod, all of which should cover changing wind conditions and different bird scenarios
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    Skeet for me

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    Skeet or IC in the first tube.....Modified just in case I miss (all too often) with the second barrel


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    I bought an older Citori with fixed chokes at Skeet/Skeet and its a great flyer gun for me.

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    Skeet and or Cyl. #7 steel 1oz is our standard flyer load. Pigeons I might tighten up a bit.
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