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 Woodcock

 Turkey

 Rabbits

 Squirrels

 Whitetail Deer

 Trap

 Skeet

 Sporting Clays

Suggested Choke Sizes



Ducks


Suggested Shot Sizes:
BB, 1, 2, 3 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Modified - For Pass Shooting,
Improved Cylinder - Over Decoys

Notes: Use BB shot for long range and pass shooting. For normal range--No. 1 or No. 2 shot while some hunters use No. 3 shot for closer range shooting over decoys.


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Geese


Suggested Shot Sizes:
T, BBB, BB, 1 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Modified

Notes: Goose hunters need wallop so they use the big loads with large shot. Many hunters prefer No. 1 shot for a denser pattern at shorter ranges over decoys.

WARNING!: Do not use BBB-T-F size shot with any choke tighter than Modified.


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Pheasants



Suggested Shot Sizes:
5, 6, 7½, 8 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Improved Cylinder--for close cover,
Modified or Full--for long cornfield shots

Notes: For cornfield shooting where long shots are usual - better use No. 5. On a normal rise over dogs and for all around use, No. 6 is the favorite.


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Grouse or Partridge



Suggested Shot Sizes:
5, 6, 7½, 8 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Improved Cylinder or Modified--for brush work

Notes: On the smaller birds such as ruffed grouse or Hungarian Partridge, use the smaller shot. The big western grouse (sage, sooty, and blue) call for heavier loads and larger shot.


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Quail


Suggested Shot Sizes:
7, 8, 9 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Cylinder, Improved-Cylinder, Modified

Notes: For early season shooting on bobwhites when feathers are light, some hunters use No. 9 shot. Later they switch to No. 7 or 8. On the running or wild flushing type of quail, such as the Gambel's, large shot is sometimes used.


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Doves and Pigeons


Suggested Shot Sizes:
6, 7½, 8, 9 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Improved-Cylinder, Modified

Notes: Use lighter loads and No. 7 or No. 8 shot on mourning doves at normal ranges --for longer ranges use the heavy loads and No. 6 or No. 7. Use the same load on band tailed pigeons and white wings.


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Woodcock


Suggested Shot Sizes:
7½, 8, 9 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Improved-Cylinder, Modified

Notes: The choice of shot size here will depend on ranges at which the game is shot. For fast shooting in the alder thickets, No. 8 shot is a good choice.


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Turkey


Suggested Shot Sizes:
4, 5, 6, 7½, 8 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Full, Constrictions Should Be Selected Based On Shot Size Used.

.6700 Diameter - #4 Lead #6 Hevi-Shot
.6650 Diameter - #5 Lead
.6600 Diameter - #6 Lead
.6550 Diameter - #7 1/2 Lead
.6500 Diameter - #8 Lead
.6450 Diameter - #9 Lead

(Based on Remington 12Ga, 2 3/4" shells. Magnum loads need a more open choke, as does Hevi-Shot)

Notes: Choice of shot size depends on the range. If you're a good caller, No. 6 or No. 7 shots makes a clean kill. 4s, 5s, 6s, are best for long shots.


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Rabbits


Suggested Shot Sizes:
4, 5, 6, 7½ (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Improved Cylinder, or Modified for brush.
Full for long, open shots.

Notes: For rabbits at normal range use lighter loads. For larger jack rabbits, use heavier loads and shot sizes.


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Squirrels


Suggested Shot Sizes:
5, 6 (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Modified

Notes: Most hunters prefer heavy loads and use #5 or #6.


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Whitetail Deer


Suggested Shot Sizes:
00 Buckshot (Check Local Game Laws)

Suggested Choke Size:
Improved Cylinder, Improved Modified

Notes: We've seen impressive performance with Remington's new HeviShot 00 buckshot. For close-in shots, choose an Improved Cylinder, for a longer shot, Improved Modified.


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Trap


Suggested Shot Sizes:
7½, 8

Suggested Choke Size:
Full or Modified

Notes: In most cases, No. 7 is used for trap. Check the Official Rulebook.


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Skeet


Suggested Shot Sizes:
8, 9

Suggested Choke Size:
Skeet Choke, or Improved Cylinder

Notes: In most cases, No. 9 is used for skeet, check the Official Rulebook.


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Sporting Clays


Suggested Shot Sizes:
7½, 8, 9

Suggested Choke Size:
Any choke (Depends on practice desired)

Notes: For targets at close range use a more open choke, at longer distances tighten the chokes.


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