by Simon Lusk
Chokes have never been as important to me as they should be, and one of my aims this season is to take a much more scientific approach to chokes.
The first season I had my Remington 1100 I failed to check the instruction manual when I chose the chokes, and assumed that the choke tubes were marked the same as Berretta’s markings. I shot pretty well through the season, knocking over a lot of birds, especially close range quail, but near the end of the season a mate looked at my chokes and told me I was using a tight one for quail shooting.
After that I checked the manual and I had improved modified choke, so switched to an improved cylinder. Most of the shooting I do has a chance of quail breaking from very close in very tight cover, so it is unusual to get more than two shots away before they are behind structure.
Occasionally I change chokes to a modified if I shoot a spot where there are no quail and a fair chance of a long range long range pheasants. Mostly I do not bother, as I change from 6s to 5s and the 5s seem to drop most long range birds without changing the choke.