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  1. #11
    Join Date
    May 2016
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    I concur with LawDog.

    #1 Buck. Gabe did a video a year or two ago
    on that topic after a few of us mentioned our
    affinity for it.

    And rifle sights. I like the un-ambiguous sight
    picture that they give me. That started out
    years ago on my first 870's. They even work
    for me when shooting recreational skeet.
    I even have rifle sights on my Tac-14's as
    back-ups for the RMR's. And they work
    just fine at skeet, as well.

    Just my simple minded .02.

    Quote Originally Posted by LawDog View Post
    That'll do. For defense, you'll probably run IC all of the time, but it can be fun to play around with a Mod choke just to see the difference.

    Sights are very much a personal preference. I really like rifle sights on a shotgun, but I don't currently have one set up that way, and I'm not convinced that it's really the best idea--it's just what I like. You'll hear lots of votes for something like an express dot or for a ghost ring. And these days an RMR or Holosun might be the choice. (I wonder how the ring in a 508T lines up with the pattern. Hmmm.)

    You might like an oversized safety. Alternatively, you might hate it.

    But the first thing to do is buy a smorgasbord of shells and a long roll of butcher paper, and find a place to shoot where you don't have to call a cease-fire in order to change targets. To pattern a shotgun, I take a roll of 18" wide paper and cut it into 54" lengths, and then mark it out as three targets, each with a 1" aiming dot. Even with it tripled up, it still feels like all of the work is in changing targets, with very little shooting. But take notes on everything. See which ammo groups evenly and consistently, without fliyers. And figure out how much spread you want at a given distance. Personally, I tend to use #1 buck, with a couple of slugs set aside. I experimented with everything from #4 buck up to 000, and decided #1 gives me what I want. But that will change based on the ranges you are working with and the cover you've got to contend with.

    That's about everything I know about shotguns, summed up in a paragraph, but there are several people here who have spent a lot more time than me with a "boomstick."
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  2. #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Sparks, NV
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    I shoot clay sports 2-3 times a week. Mostly with over under Beretta's.
    I do have a bunch of chokes that came with the original barrel. Some fairly tight ones. The club has a pattern board that will get used eventually.
    The barrel came with a brass bead front sight, will probably stay that way, might add a magnetic fiber optic as I have a bunch laying around from before I swapped out the sights on my Beretta's to fiber optic beads.
    Not looking to trick it out to much as my longest HD shot is less than 30'.
    With cut shells even bird shot makes a big hole.
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