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Phesant Hunting chokes?

dbrowndbrown Posts: 46 Member
Which choke should I use for hunting phesants? I have a 12 gauge Winchester Super x 2 24inch barrel?


  • KSU FirefighterKSU Firefighter Posts: 3,249 Senior Member
    I always used a modified choke in my 1300 Winchester.
    The fire service needs a "culture of extinguishment not safety" Ray McCormack FDNY
  • dbrowndbrown Posts: 46 Member
    Modified it is then. Thanks.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Posts: 14,840 Senior Member
    I would not think to use a more restricted choke until later in the season.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Posts: 8,606 Senior Member
    I grew up using Improved cylinder in my ole 20 gauge Ithaca Featherweight. Always did fine with it. I couldn't change chokes back then anyway

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Be careful here. This may not be as straight forward of a question as you think. Where are you hunting and what are the restrictions on lead ammo use? If you are going to be on private land and can use lead, a modified may be exactly what you want. However, many states, including my own pheasant hunting grounds in Nebraska, do NOT permit lead on many (if not all) public wildlife management areas. If that's the case and you have to use steel shot on pheasant, going with a modified choke with steel will yield roughly the same as a full choke pattern would be using lead. That's probably not what you are going to want on a close-in, early season birds. This is the exact reason I'm using a skeet and improved cylinder combo in my over/under when I hunt wildlife management areas and changing to an IC/modfied combo when I go on public access walk-in private lands where lead is allowed.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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