A choke constricts the muzzle of your gun and tightens the pellet pattern. A wide or restricted pattern could make a difference to your shooting. 'Could' is however the operative word.

  1. By swapping chokes, you can use the same shotgun for a variety of different disciplines
  2. But most of us don’t shoot well enough to get any real benefit from choke
  3. Screw-in chokes arrived in the late 1970s with the Winchester 101 series of guns
  4. Good technique and practice are the secrets of good marksmanship rather than chokes
  5. Almost every Gun will suffer from a bout of chokechanging-itis
  6. Frantic choke changing rarely helps accuracy
  7. Novice shooters should forget excessive choke and concentrate on ensuring that patterns are adequate at 40 yards and not over-tight.
  8. Look at the patterns to see what choke works best in your gun
  9. Tight patterns may give clean kills at long range but at short distances they demand more accuracy
  10. Quarter and quarter or half and half is a good choke for pigeon shooting
  11. Clean chokes from time to time by immersing in petrol
  12. Always throw away a damaged choke
  13. Check that your chokes are screwed home fully before using
  14. Check chokes are free of foreign bodies like grit
  15. The threaded section of multi-chokes should be lightly greased with Vaseline or equivalent before being screwed home
  16. Beware of over-tightening chokes
  17. If a choke gets stuck, don’t force it. Take it to a gunsmith for removal.
  18. Multi-chokes sit in a section of the muzzle that has been specially machined to receive them.
  19. Multi-chokes need to be cared for to remain trouble-free
  20. Multi-chokes must be screwed in sufficiently so no gap remains between the inside of the barrel and the base of the choke section
  21. If a tiny gap does remain serious damage may occur to the gun- this is called “choke pick-up”
  22. Multi-chokes have become very popular, both as factory standard and as custom attachments from specialist makers.