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Need some Help Identifying Choke
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 Posted: Sat Jan 28th, 2012 08:16 PM
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Ok shotgun folks, need some help identifying what the marks mean on some choke tubes in my o/a. 

One tube has a single line or hash mark between 2 of the 4 slots.

Another has 2 lines

Another has 4 lines

I recall this identifies the choke and that is it, I am searching through boxes looking for owners manual but no luck. 

 

Any ideas? 



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Semi, It varies by brand. Here's one chart showing browning and some Italian brands with * representing the slots. RD

http://www.hallowellco.com/choke_chart.htm



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 Posted: Sat Jan 28th, 2012 10:01 PM
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12semi wrote: Ok shotgun folks, need some help identifying what the marks mean on some choke tubes in my o/a. 

One tube has a single line or hash mark between 2 of the 4 slots.

Another has 2 lines

Another has 4 lines

I recall this identifies the choke and that is it, I am searching through boxes looking for owners manual but no luck. 

 

Any ideas? 
 
1 mark is full choke, 2 is Mod, 3 is Imp. Cyl, 4 is Skeet.

My Huglu (Turkish Benelli/Franchi's) are marked this way.



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Thanks for the assistance, this is an American Arms O/U "silver"  model and handles really nice.  I can't hit anything moving so I hope the turkey stands still long enough for me to get a bead on him.   We'll be at the range soon to try and pattern this one and a Remington 11-87 SPS choked "Turkey FULL". 

Any hints from long-time turkey killers is very much appreciated.   

Last edited on Sat Jan 28th, 2012 11:02 PM by 12semi



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I have a Remmie choke that is mismarked. Worth checking, take a mic or vernier to the open end to be sure.

Yes, there are no standard sizing or configuration, each maker does it the way they want; makes life easier for the aftermarket guys to fill in the gaps.

Presumably (and I admit to guessing this) each maker tries to meet the standards for pattern by sizing to provide the density delivery. There is no substitute for the patterning boards.



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That's why I always liked the rem-choke tubes.....they had  "full" or "mod" or "I.C." marked on the side......made it easy, instead of "Now, let's see....was one hash mark "full" or was it "cylinder"?:rolleyes:
  As for killin' turkeys: ain't kilt one yet, but I have done a LOT of pattern testing!  I would suggest getting together with a couple of buddies and buying a bunch of various shells for testing.  I don't have much use for the 3 1/2" shell, but it does shine for turkey hunting.....remember: dense patterns on the head and neck.  I'd suggest trying #4, #5, and #6 shot. I would also consider checking out hevishot, but that stuff can be expensive! (but it does pattern GREAT!!!)



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Well, 16guage, once you kill the first turkey, you'll be hooked.

I have Mossberg 835 and 935 shotguns. I use the 835 for turkey and keep an extra full turkey choke on it. The 935 is a recent aquisition and I haven't had much chance to use it yet (probably use it for geese in Nebraska). I never really paid much attention to any special markings. My chokes are all marked as imp, full or mod.:cool:

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On my benelli and on my beretta one mark is full: 2 marks is improved modified: 3 marks is modified; 4 marks is improved cylinder and 5 marks is skeet.



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Seems like European guns use the hash method, US uses words.  Difference is you can see the hashmarks but you have to unscrew the US versions. 

 

Well, I have some mean looking Federal and Remington Turkey loads, #4, and my house is full of putts and other birdy sounding noises as the kids practice with slate and box to mimic a training video from of all places, the NAHC, I was an original (264 IIRC) member, connect up the old VCR to a switcher and I get VCR on flat panel.    Wife is in bed with ear plugs.  Peace reigns!

I have 6 hen  decoys.  1 male I just acquired, all decked out with wings and tail feathers in full strut.  Surprisingly (or maybe not?)here in Tennessee this is legal. 

Pattern testing is ready, just gotta get to the range.

 



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12semi wrote: Thanks for the assistance, this is an American Arms O/U "silver"  model and handles really nice.  I can't hit anything moving so I hope the turkey stands still long enough for me to get a bead on him.   We'll be at the range soon to try and pattern this one and a Remington 11-87 SPS choked "Turkey FULL". 

Any hints from long-time turkey killers is very much appreciated.   


kill 'em with the first shot..........saves chasing 'em down....:lol:



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12semi wrote: Seems like European guns use the hash method, US uses words.  Difference is you can see the hashmarks but you have to unscrew the US versions. 


 
Browning and Remington both put small notches in the open end of the chokes that correspond to the words on the (invisible when installed) choke barrel.  Uv cuss, then you have to remember ---  (I don't even try, advanced age, ya know  --)




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No marks on the RemChokes I have?   Pulled out the Full I used for steel and screwed in the super magnum extra large new and improved Turkey choke, sticks out about 1/2 inch. 

Hey IBD, I got twin boys to do the chasing and one is 2nd string safety on football team so I expect no escapees.  Since they are going to be doing the first round of shooting, oughta be some real excitement.  We already have about 4 requests for feathers from their schoolmates so now, the heat is on to deliver. 

 



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12semi wrote: No marks on the RemChokes I have?   Pulled out the Full I used for steel and screwed in the super magnum extra large new and improved Turkey choke, sticks out about 1/2 inch. 

Hey IBD, I got twin boys to do the chasing and one is 2nd string safety on football team so I expect no escapees.  Since they are going to be doing the first round of shooting, oughta be some real excitement.  We already have about 4 requests for feathers from their schoolmates so now, the heat is on to deliver. 

 

I use some of my turkey feathers for fletching on my arrows for the long bow.



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