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Old 09-12-2016, 04:29 PM   #1
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24" barrel 12g for dove hunting?

Hey guys I just recently bought a benelli super nova with a 24" barrel. I want to use the gun for dove hunting/ skeet shooting. Have yet to shoot the gun yet and won't be able to until the weekend. But what do you guys think about using the 24" for bird hunting? It's it going to make a big difference compared to a 28" barrel? I have read it's all about the choke you use but am new to chokes considering my other 12g was a 1968 Remington 1100 with a fixed full choke. Thanks for the help
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More length will help smooth out your transitions between targets, but the gun won't swing as fast.
Type of choke for dove will vary depending on who you ask, but general consensus is improved cylinder or modified works best.
Get to the range, pattern and do some trap.
A good shooter that knows his equipment will always have better results than someone that doesn't - regardless of what they're shooting.
Lots of good videos on youtube to help you along.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:37 PM   #4
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I have the same gun, same choke. Skeet will be a little more difficult with the full choke, but dove, you'll be fine. It will make you a better shooter.
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OH, BTW....I just picked up a Mossberg 930 (NIB) for $299.....If yer local WallyWorld sells guns, they may have the same deal. Some 22LR rifles, all kinds of stuff.....like 50% off MSRP.

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I have 3 chokes that came with the gun. Full choke, modified choke and improved cylinder. I'm gonna go shoot some skeet this weekend and try out the different chokes. From what I hear ic and modified are the best bet.

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You have the benelli to? How do you like it?
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Shoot some clays and figure out the lead. That's most of it. Took me forever on my 26"
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Yea that's my plan. I'll put the modified choke and let her rip. It also takes up to 3-1/2" shells so that should mean the receiver is longer than normal? Which makes the gun longer making a smoother transition? Or is that just in my head? Lol
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No. Dad has had his Rem 1100 since the 60s and I have shot it since the 80s. Along with an old Browning and my mossberg and pump browning. There's a few more tossed into there too. I want a benelli sooner or later, but I'm happy with what I got.

Glad you have all the barrels for the 1100. It's expensive to have all of those. Mod or intermediate will be your best bet for skeet

Edit: oh, forgot I have a beretta silver pigeon too, for skeet.
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Nice. I bought a benelli montefeltro. Benelli felt the best in my hands
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I love dove hunting. Probably my most favorite form of shooting because they come form all directions, you have to pay close attention to where they drop and get them quick because they like to run away, so if your hitting birds your moving, if they are thing you are shooting and moving from cover to cover to your downed bird reloading as you go, and the limit is 15 but used to be higher... I've shot my limit in about 20 min before....I've had great hunts in the rain...

Once I put a gopro on the side of my shotgun, and preceded to take that perfect shot where the bird lands at your feet...
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Good article on the subject.
Lots of good comments at the bottom from well-seasoned shooters also.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/...src=SOC&dom=fb
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