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Howdy I have a Mossberg 500 20 guage with 26 inch barrel .I went trap shooting and did poor .I'm using a full choke. Is that the right choke? I know nothing about chokes. Im using 20 guage 7 1/2 shells . I know it take practice . I just need to know the best choke for trao shooting .



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For trap the full choke is the right one. However most trap shooters use a longer barrel. The 26" is more suited for skeet. But with practice and the full choke you will get better and do well. Just shoot more. Some trap and skeet shooters use #8 shot but ask the guys at the shoot what they recommend for you and your gun. You will get the best info from other shooters an a face to face basis.
 

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I usually shoot a modified choke. While I usually shoot fast. There are a lot of differant methods of how to shoot. I prefer the point and shoot method. I see the clay pull the gun up and instead of thinking about where to lead it and what not I let my brain do the work and pull the trigger. Once you learn to trust your instincts you'll do surprisingly well. Usually when I miss it is because I was thinking about the shot to much, and by the time I tell myself I have it figured out I'm stuck with a much tougher shot. O yeah I also shoot 7 1/2 shot of the cheap variety.
 

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I shoot trap with IC for the most part.
It really depends on how precise you are with your shooting.
Cyl or IC will get the score, but you will only be knocking pieces off the clay. Mod or IM will give you a nice break. Full, your gonna dust them when you hit them.
 

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I shoot trap with IC for the most part.
It really depends on how precise you are with your shooting.
Cyl or IC will get the score, but you will only be knocking pieces off the clay. Mod or IM will give you a nice break. Full, your gonna dust them when you hit them.
I shot the improved when I was first starting out in hopes that the bigger pattern would help. And it did but I didn't like the lack of range when the clays got out there.

Also I started out with a mossburg 835 and would do ok then I got my gf a mossy 500 so she could go with me and I shot it ok. Finally I got a Remington 870 for Christmas and it literally took me to a whole new level when shooting birds and clays. It just feels amazingly right when I shoulder it. Something that the mossy has never done, and don't get me wrong my slug gun is a 20 ga mossy that I've used since my first deer hunt and would never dream of using anything else for deer hunting. But if you want a cheapish gun that just feels right for clays go and shoulder an 870.
 

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I shoot trap once a week for the last 8 years. Modified choke is probably the minimum to shoot a successful round of 16-yard trap, unless you're really good or really fast.

You can shoot trap with a more open choke, but your margin for error increases dramatically.

Improved mod or full is needed for handicap trap (longer than 16-yard.)
 

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You could switch to a modified but I would stick with the full. You might want to check your manual for the gun or set up a target and see where it shoots. I had a 410 that if you put the bead on a target it would always shoot under, I looked in the owners manual it was designed to shoot that way. With my 870 if you put the bead on the target I would hit every time. Just something to think about.
 
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