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Went shooting trap for the first time today with my Benelli M4... and sucked it up big time. (first day shooting shotgun as well) After 40 or so clay targets... I realized aiming well out in front of the clay target meant a MUCH higher chance of hitting the target. That said... I was using the choke that came with the shotgun (I think it's a 3 dot). Is there supposed to be a certain choke that I'm supposed to use to shoot skeet/trap?

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Went shooting trap for the first time today with my Benelli M4... and sucked it up big time. (first day shooting shotgun as well) After 40 or so clay targets... I realized aiming well out in front of the clay target meant a MUCH higher chance of hitting the target. That said... I was using the choke that came with the shotgun (I think it's a 3 dot). Is there supposed to be a certain choke that I'm supposed to use to shoot skeet/trap?

 

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I like to shoot skeet with a "Skeet" or "Cylinder" choke;

Trap with "Light Full"

This will vary depending on where you're preferred break points are; the closer the bird the more open the choke and vice-versa.

 

It will make a differance if you gun in backbored or do to. I shoot full for Trap. If you have a backbored gun and improved modified will be a same as a full. For Skeet I shoot improved cylinder. If you have skeet or cylinder like Banjo said use it. I shoot IC because thats what I have.

 

Cylinder choke ( which I think you said you were shooting an M4) is a bad idea in trap. You could have been dead on and missed the bird. At 16 yards an IC choke will work (if your fast) but I would go with a modified or improved modified at 16 yards. 20 yards or more go with a improved modified of full.

 

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It will make a differance if you gun in backbored or do to. I shoot full for Trap. If you have a backbored gun and improved modified will be a same as a full. For Skeet I shoot improved cylinder. If you have skeet or cylinder like Banjo said use it. I shoot IC because thats what I have.

 

Cylinder choke ( which I think you said you were shooting an M4) is a bad idea in trap. You could have been dead on and missed the bird. At 16 yards an IC choke will work (if your fast) but I would go with a modified or improved modified at 16 yards. 20 yards or more go with a improved modified of full.

 

Novaking

 

M4=MOD choke stock.

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  • 2 years later...

Got the Supernova last week with a Max4 cammo color. First time i shot trap, and I scored 19 out of 25. First round I used the Improved Cylinder (IC), but did not do too good. on the 3rd round I switched to Modified (M) and thats how I got 19 birds on my 4th round. Not bad for my first time out. Love the sport now, going again in 2 weeks.

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I prefer a modified for trap and a skeet for skeet. IC or Cylinder will work for skeet also.

Shot my first ever 50 straight in trap this year with a modified in my 22 year old HK/Benelli Super Black Eagle. I'll us the IM for handicap of 20+ yards.

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