Agreed, in fact it's much more difficult to shoot a shotgun well if you're a rifle shooter - my clay scores always go down when I've had a spell with a rifle.
For sporting clays, I find that the wider the choke the better, so my advice is to avoid making it difficult for yourself by using tight chokes. Book yourself a lesson, otherwise you'll just be recycling lead...
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If you have one then stick in your improved cylinder (1/4) its the best all round choke there is really.
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Thanks for all the replies guys very helpful and I am a bit wiser on the chole set up.Used the Hatsan on Sunday and let off a few shots with the lead only choke fitted,could not hit a bloody thing so will fit the Mod choke and see if my shooting improves.
I did 15 years in the reserve forces and was a pretty good shot with a SA80,Bren,Lee Enfield .303 etc,hope I have not lost my touch.
I allways use full 32g six and only change to mod when claying. Stick with the one choke you hit stuff with wot ever suits you not everyone will like the same choke!
Good day to you all,this subject has probably been covered on many occassion so I apologise in advance for going over old ground on the forum.I purchased yesterday a new Hatsan Escort semi auto 12 bore shotgun to keep my over and under company in the gun cabinet.Anyway the gun came with 5 different chokes 2 I can make out from the markings being Skeet and lead only,the others I have not got a clue.I am one of the lucky ones who has 110 acres to shoot over which include vermin,ducks,and I also attend the local club for skeet shooting.I fire buck shot regularly for the big game and 32-36g for the ducks etc this is fine with the over and under as it is capable of firing them all but with this new Hatsan it has the lead only choke fitted and I am a bit worried about what to use.Sorry to sound a bit of a novice but I have had shot guns for years which were side by sides and these did not have any choke problems with these thank you all in advance all the best.
My guns are proofed for steel and their hand books say don't use chokes greater than half when using steel shot as steel does not compress like lead does. I also have a hatsan escort as well and would still follow the general guidlines of not going past 1/2 choke for steel.
I have not checked what the chokes on the escort say about steel as I only use lead shot, its worth checking the markings on the chokes to see what the chokes are actually proofed to. Will try to look at the markings on mine later on.
One thing to remember as well, that a 1/4 choke in lead will equate to 1/2 in steel shot. Browning show a conversion chart to show what lead markings are equel to in steel.
A general choke marking guide is in the thread below.
Like Rob says 1/4 choke is a good choice, and most of the time I do use the 1/4 choke.