This depends on who’s holding the gun of course!

And there’s more – while it’s true that there’s no such thing as a bad shell it also needs to be remembered that some are a lot better than others in terms of pellet quality and hardness, patterning capabilities and velocity.

And what about the target being fired at – has it got a harder consistency than some others on the market, and it is being presented edge-on or showing its more vulnerable belly?

Personally speaking (and assuming the bird wasn’t edge-on) I wouldn’t feel entirely comfortable with 7s and ¼ choke to make consistent breaks at 50 yards because of gaps in the pattern.

However I would be a sight happier at the chances of a ½ choke doing the job properly – as long as the man behind the gun could hold it straight shot after shot after shot.