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Which barrel should I shoot first, top or bottom? Details much appreciated.

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Will Simpler
Answered 2 days ago
You want to shot the bottom barrel first.  Since it has a lower center of gravity and is more in line with your shoulder, there will be less muzzle rise.  This allows for a quicker recover for your second shot.  So you will want to put the choke you want to use on the first bird in the bottom barrel and the choke you want to use on the second bird in the top barrel.  In sporting clays shooter change their chokes out often.


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Andrei Erdoss
Answered 30 days ago
The barrel selector is usually used to choose between two different chokes that you might have in each barrel. For example you might have a full choke on the top barrel and a modified on the bottom. In Sporting Clays if the target you are shooting at is really close you want to shoot with a more open choke, such as the modified. If the target is far away the full would be your option.

Another reason to switch barrel order is if you use different types of shells, 7.5 on the top and 8 on the bottom. If the target you are shooting at is showing a belly you would go w/ the 8.

It's up to the shooter but having too many options sometimes can be counter productive. That's why world champions such as George Digweed use Full/Full for his barrel chokes.


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