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novabrian
08-08-2010, 2:44 PM
Like the title says I am a noo-b to hunting.I have a Winchester 1500 XTR 12 gauge.

AAShooter
08-08-2010, 2:52 PM
Assuming you will be getting relatively close shots, I would be looking at a Cylinder, Skeet, or Improved with something around #8 shot (assuming lead).

-just one man's opinion.

novabrian
08-08-2010, 2:54 PM
Assuming you will be getting relatively close shots, I would be looking at a Cylinder, Skeet, or Improved with something around #8 shot (assuming lead).

-just one man's opinion.

Your one opinion is better than my none.Thank you.

CSACANNONEER
08-08-2010, 2:56 PM
You won't really know until you find out how far you'll be shooting. Just bring all your chokes and start with the most open one. Of course, dove and quail loads should be your first choice in ammo.

AAShooter
08-08-2010, 3:03 PM
Here is an article that you may find interesting . . .

http://www.nighthawkpublications.com/journal/journal211-1.htm

novabrian
08-08-2010, 3:27 PM
Where is a good place to buy chokes?

sargenv
08-08-2010, 3:27 PM
I tend to go with improved cylinder and 3 1/4 dram - 1 1/8 - 7.5's for max range and knockdown.. though I did for years use heavy trap loads in 7.5 or 8. (3 - 1 1/8). Nice shot cloud and about 1200 fps. Modified is good if the birds are pass shooting pretty far away, but up close you can tear up the birds.. it doesn't take much to knock down a dove. I know people who use the smaller gauges with good results.. you just have to wait for them to come closer and you have to be a patient shot.

AAShooter
08-08-2010, 4:46 PM
There are a variety of places to get chokes, especially online. I would suggest going with the manufacturer's chokes if you are buying standard chokes. If you want to get high quality chokes, a choke manufacturer like Briley makes a full range of chokes. You can buy them directly or through resellers. Here is their website:

http://www.briley.com/

blackberg
08-08-2010, 6:34 PM
I am going to get a polychokeII installed on my mossberg that currently has no choke. like that its always on and could change it on the fly
-bb

novabrian
08-08-2010, 10:46 PM
I just took the choke out of my other sg and swapped it.I went from a full to mod.

portegee
08-09-2010, 11:46 AM
mod is what I use later in the year when they are a little more gun shy and tend to fly higher. Improved is good for the opener because they aren't gonna be too far away. Just go with the mod you'll be fine

PatriotnMore
08-09-2010, 11:50 AM
It depends on how they are flying, sometimes they fly very high, sometimes very low.

As suggested, bring all the chokes, you adjust as needed. However, skeet thru Mod will be the ones I use most.

AAShooter
08-09-2010, 11:53 AM
In case this is helpful:

http://randywakeman.com/ChokeChart.jpg

Cougar125
08-09-2010, 7:47 PM
I use the Winchester stuff you get at WalMart for like $20 per 100 shells. Works great through my 12 and my 20. Used the 20 last season. Going to use the 12 this season.

rg_1111@yahoo.com
08-09-2010, 8:09 PM
8 Or 9 shot with you mod choke.

Baxter
08-09-2010, 9:37 PM
I must be the only one who uses a full with a 30" barrel and 7 1/2" shot. I just like to use my grandpas gun I guess.

AAShooter
08-10-2010, 5:40 AM
I must be the only one who uses a full with a 30" barrel and 7 1/2" shot. I just like to use my grandpas gun I guess.

All depends on distance.

RobG
08-10-2010, 8:04 AM
I run modified and cheapo #8 shot Winchester for doves. They aren't hard to kill, just hard to hit.

PatriotnMore
08-10-2010, 8:05 AM
I run modified and cheapo #8 shot Winchester for doves. They aren't hard to kill, just hard to hit.


Great line.:D

sargenv
08-11-2010, 6:46 AM
Oddly enough, the general average for most ppl shooting doves is 10 shells for every bird.. so that 100 pack from wally world should technically get you a limit.. I tend to not care for the cheapy shells since they tend to get the soft, easy to deform, pattern holed shot contained therein.. I really prefer to use the more premium stuff that has a bit more known antimony (usually 5-6%) that stays round better and patterns more consistently.. or I'll load my own with target grade shot. My average tends to be in the 4-5 per bird range but I'll also take longer range chances since I have a pretty good dog to retrieve said birdies.

RobG
08-11-2010, 8:26 AM
Oddly enough, the general average for most ppl shooting doves is 10 shells for every bird.. so that 100 pack from wally world should technically get you a limit.. I tend to not care for the cheapy shells since they tend to get the soft, easy to deform, pattern holed shot contained therein.. I really prefer to use the more premium stuff that has a bit more known antimony (usually 5-6%) that stays round better and patterns more consistently.. or I'll load my own with target grade shot. My average tends to be in the 4-5 per bird range but I'll also take longer range chances since I have a pretty good dog to retrieve said birdies.

:eek: Two words, skeet range. Seriously.

AAShooter
08-11-2010, 8:29 AM
:eek: Two words, skeet range. Seriously.

LMAO:D

toby
08-11-2010, 9:47 AM
:eek: Two words, skeet range. Seriously.

Yes, you need to keep both eyes open as well like this=:eek: and not like this;)

sargenv
08-11-2010, 2:30 PM
Skeet, sporting clays, trap, whatever it takes to sharpen your skills.. I've gotten to the point where any time I go shoot skeet, I run about a 21/25 avg give or take. I can run about a 16 with my full choked .410 870 pump (can we say tiny pattern?). I've also seen those "hunters" that go out and have a heck of a time hitting anything since they are sitting there sucking back the brewskis and trying like heck to hit that little tumbling, twisting, and speeding grey ghost..