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Unread 07-08-2023, 03:28 PM   #1
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I just acquired my first Parker. 1926 16 Ga, 28Ē barrels, choked Mod/Full. Primary plan is to use it hunting pheasants. Any suggestions on making the gun more versatile? I want to leave the gun in original condition. Looks like spreder shells will help if I can find some. Have people found that choke combination to be much of a drawback? Thank you
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a couple questions:

1. Are you hunting over pointing dogs?
2. Are the birds released or wild?

I regularly hunt with Mod/F and even F/F for released birds over a pointing dog in PA. I find that they are slow as molasses and I have plenty of time to get the gun lined up the way I want to deliver a well-placed shot. I have had less success with this choke combination on wild birds without a pointing dog, but it can still be done. Spreader loads work pretty well, but they are usually only available in 7-8 shot anymore, at least commercially. I wouldn't want to take 7 shot on wild birds, but it does the trick on released. Spend some time at a clays course with it, I think you may be thinking its harder to hit things with those chokes than it really is.
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a couple questions:

1. Are you hunting over pointing dogs?
2. Are the birds released or wild?

I regularly hunt with Mod/F and even F/F for released birds over a pointing dog in PA. I find that they are slow as molasses and I have plenty of time to get the gun lined up the way I want to deliver a well-placed shot. I have had less success with this choke combination on wild birds without a pointing dog, but it can still be done. Spreader loads work pretty well, but they are usually only available in 7-8 shot anymore, at least commercially. I wouldn't want to take 7 shot on wild birds, but it does the trick on released. Spend some time at a clays course with it, I think you may be thinking its harder to hit things with those chokes than it really is.
I hunt behind my pointing dogs for wild and released birds. My thought was the chokes will be fine on wild pheasants. I prefer a little tighter choke on them. Debating whether to try it this fall on a Maine grouse trip and on the prairies chasing sharptail and huns. Will likely stick with my 28 ga for quail. Tempted to give it a whirl on all the larger birds, and just have my 12 ga choked Imp/Mod as a back-up. Iím intrigued with the logic behind a M/F choke set-up, so hunting without spreder loads to start is appealing. Just curious what others have experienced. Thank you.
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I hunt with F/F and M/F for all upland birds. Never missed a bird because I had "too much choke". I did turn a mudbat into a gooey feather pillow once though. I do make spreader loads for hunting in the 20, 16 and 12. They're good for mudbat and early season grouse for the right barrel. If we're into a mudbat flight I'll load a spreader in both barrels so I don't destroy the birds. I load the spreaders with 9, 10 or 11 shot.
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a couple questions:

1. Are you hunting over pointing dogs?
2. Are the birds released or wild?

I regularly hunt with Mod/F and even F/F for released birds over a pointing dog in PA. I find that they are slow as molasses and I have plenty of time to get the gun lined up the way I want to deliver a well-placed shot. I have had less success with this choke combination on wild birds without a pointing dog, but it can still be done. Spreader loads work pretty well, but they are usually only available in 7-8 shot anymore, at least commercially. I wouldn't want to take 7 shot on wild birds, but it does the trick on released. Spend some time at a clays course with it, I think you may be thinking its harder to hit things with those chokes than it really is.
I hunt behind my pointing dogs for wild and released birds. My thought was the chokes will be fine on wild pheasants. I prefer a little tighter choke on them. Debating whether to try it this fall on a Maine grouse trip and on the prairies chasing sharptail and huns. Will likely stick with my 28 ga for quail. Tempted to give it a whirl on all the larger birds, and just have my 12 ga choked Imp/Mod as a back-up. Iím intrigued with the logic behind a M/F choke set-up, so hunting without spreder loads to start is appealing. Just curious what others have experienced. Thank you.
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I shoot skeet and trap competitively for quite a few years . But I shot skeet more , so I used to be of the opinion that you needed very open chokes for dove quail grouse . And when I started shooting the bullshit game (sporting clays) . It didnít take me long to realize M&F IM&F as well as F&F actually increased my confidence on not only clay targets but feathered ones as well . Now Iíve shot a boatload of targets/birds over the last 45 or so years .
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I shoot skeet and trap competitively for quite a few years . But I shot skeet more , so I used to be of the opinion that you needed very open chokes for dove quail grouse . And when I started shooting the bullshit game (sporting clays) . It didnít take me long to realize M&F IM&F as well as F&F actually increased my confidence on not only clay targets but feathered ones as well . Now Iíve shot a boatload of targets/birds over the last 45 or so years .

Great advice everyone. Thank you for your help. Canít wait to take this gun out this fall. I can see why folks love Parkers.
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Pardon my ignorance, I have only been hunting birds for 65 years. What the hell are mudbats?
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My progression as a bird hunter over the years.
Early me, open chokes larger shot for wild birds.
Middle aged me, tighter chokes with smaller shot for wild birds.
Older me, gun fit is more important than choke or shot size up to certain ranges.
The center of the target is the same regardless of the choke or shot size.
Shoot a gun that shoots where you look!
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