Choke is something that should be understood by every shotgun shooter. On today’s pro tip I’m going to explain choke in such a way that the next time you go to the field or range you’ll make the best choice that will give you the best results. When we talk about choke we’re referring to the last two to four inches at the end of the barrel. With today’s technology we have the ability to change our chokes, and with me today I have an assortment of chokes here on the table.
We’re going to start with cylinder choke which is the most open choke or has the least amount of constriction in the center here. This choke will be a good choice out to 20 yards.
Next we have skeet choke which will be good out to about 25 yards.
Now we have improved cylinder and I like to use this choke out to about 30 yards.
Modified has been the dove hunter’s choice for years and would be an excellent choice out to 35 yards.
Finally we have full choke, and this would be a great choke out to about 40 yards. That being said I have broken targets at 35 yards with a skeet choke, and likewise, 25 yards with a full choke, but my percentage of breaks goes down drastically. So remember what I have told you is a guide and definitely not set in stone.