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    If I was going to have only one choke for both barrels which would you guys suggest and what brand I’m currently shooting 12 ga Beretta 686 planing on adding a 690 series next. Thank you.

  • #2
    light mod.

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    • #3
      I use mod & lmod in my 686 they work well good breaks on longer targets.

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      • #4
        Depends on where you shoot and how far the targets are set. I use Muller U2s in my 692 on short-medium courses up here in New England. They fall somewhere between Light Mod and Mod.

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        • #5
          15, 20, or 25 would be best in my opinion. I shoot extreme chokes and pure gold before these. Love the extremes

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          • #6
            Chokes... Here are my 2-cent comments:

            1) With good, modern 1oz 7-½'s, there isn't much you'll see on any clays course that a LM (.015 constriction) won't break.
            2) Once you start seeing targets at 45 yards and beyond, a Mod or IMod (.020 or .025 constriction) will break them with more authority --and likely more regularity-- than the LM's.
            3) If a target is really close, like 25 yards or less, a Sk (.005 constriction) will break all of them.
            4) Using the above, one can extrapolate you could use 15's for most, Sk's for close, and then 25's for way out there.
            5) One could also simplify it to use Mods for everything unless it's close, then use a Sk.
            6) The however-but is, once you start using enough choke --a Mod or IMod-- to break anything you typically see on a sporting course and take responsibility for putting your barrel in the right spot, you'll stop worrying over choke choice -- and you might eventually discover you don't even want to bother with changing to Sk's for close targets...

            Speaking personally, I find the KISS principal works best for me, so tend to stick in M's --with my 1oz 7-½'s at 1250 fps-- and not change. YMMV...
            My stuff: K-80 w/ S&S custom Stock and 32" flat rib, thin-wall choked barrels; Castellani vest or jacket or Lonesome Charlie pouch, Pilla glasses, Bornaghi Star or Gold 1oz 7-½'s @ 1250 fps ammo.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jacksback View Post
              Chokes... Here are my 2-cent comments:

              1) With good, modern 1oz 7-½'s, there isn't much you'll see on any clays course that a LM (.015 constriction) won't break.
              2) Once you start seeing targets at 45 yards and beyond, a Mod or IMod (.020 or .025 constriction) will break them with more authority --and likely more regularity-- than the LM's.
              3) If a target is really close, like 25 yards or less, a Sk (.005 constriction) will break all of them.
              4) Using the above, one can extrapolate you could use 15's for most, Sk's for close, and then 25's for way out there.
              5) One could also simplify it to use Mods for everything unless it's close, then use a Sk.
              6) The however-but is, once you start using enough choke --a Mod or IMod-- to break anything you typically see on a sporting course and take responsibility for putting your barrel in the right spot, you'll stop worrying over choke choice -- and you might eventually discover you don't even want to bother with changing to Sk's for close targets...

              Speaking personally, I find the KISS principal works best for me, so tend to stick in M's --with my 1oz 7-½'s at 1250 fps-- and not change. YMMV...
              I am with Jack on this one. I switched to M/M about 3 years ago and haven't changed my chokes since. I really like the kind of decisive breaks this combination gives me, especially on long targets. It might not work for everyone but I believe that it is more productive to spend time and energy on target reading, making a plan and shot execution instead of thinking about chokes.
              Krieghoff : Extreme Chokes : Pilla : Fiocchi

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              • #8
                Mod (.020) will break practically anything on any course short of PSCA qualifying courses (rest in peace...). If you have one each of Light Mod/Mod/Improved Mod, grab one of each and slap them in there. It'll treat you well.

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                • #9
                  Recently switched to fixed choke barrels after not changing my Extreme 20's. Really love the way they pattern and the breaks are fun to watch. As others mentioned, put a pair of 20's or 25's in there and place the muzzle in the right spot and enjoy the breaks!

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                  • #10
                    Went to fixed choke barrels (M/IM) recently, and am having much better breaks. I was using two LM Puregold Chokes (long ones) in my prior gun, and those were amazing, as well. I like the performance of the M/IM setup as it just disintegrates clays at shorter distances when you hit them where you're supposed to, and I seem to have much cleaner breaks with longer-yardage targets (40+) - tighter shot string, maybe? I also like the fact that if you miss with an IM, you simply just missed...

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