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Thread: Advice on adjusting the choke of an old skb shotgun

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    Advice on adjusting the choke of an old skb shotgun

    Hello,

    Earlier this year once I got my forearms license my old man gifted to me his SKB semi auto 12g shotgun, which was bought brand new by my grandfather and passed on to him. Due to the age of the rifle it cannot shoot steel shot rendering it fairly useless at shooting ducks. I was told by a mate that the choke can easily be altered by a competent gunsmith and i thought I'd look into it, before proceeding I was just wondering what model this shotgun is, what adjustments would be ideal for duck shooting and any other general advice?

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    If your shotgun has a fixed choke it can be bored out to a more open choke , but you probably would want to alter the throat ahead of the chamber as well if you wanted to shoot steel shot.

    By the time you do both those things you probably have invested enough money to have bought a used , steel-compatible shotgun .
    Other opinions may vary , but altering your grandads shotgun doesnt seem like a great idea to me
    Be more involved and less impressed.

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    That is a fair point to make, I have already bought a reminton 870 to use for this season and it's doing great. Maybe I keep the SKB the safe in original condition as a sentimental gun rather than the go to.
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    it will be fine for shooting bunnies or possums with lead....and its a relatively simple matter to have chokes opened up a little bit to use LIGHTER loads of steel...30-32grns loads work great....
    75/15/10 black powder matters

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    Would be a nice shotgun to keep on hand, perfect for rabbits or hares or wallabies. And perfectly ok for ducks or geese over paddocks. And use the 870 on ducks over water. Best of both worlds. And dont get too hung up on what choke it is, learn to shoot well and whatever choking usually becomes a non event. The only reason I would open the choke on that shotgun would be for steel, and if you think that is necessary, a competent gunsmith can do it for you.
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