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Re: How can I know how my side by side 16 gauge is choked?
Stan you have heard from two of the real experts in the field. However I would like to add my two cents. I have shot two 16 gauge elsies for more than 15 years. One a 00 from 1911 the other a field from 1945. I have shot numerous turkey with both guns, while the 1911 has also harvested turkey for my grandson and nephew, and hopefully this year by my son. I have used Estate Heavy Game load only in them for turkey. 2 3/4", 1 oz shot, 6 shot, 2 1/2 dram EQ, muz vel 1165 fps. For all other shooting I use the RST 2 1/2" vintagers. Where the rub comes, I think, is the experts shoot hundreds, if not thousands of rounds per year out of their guns. I shoot one or two shots a year out of my Elsie "turkey" gun
. I patterned it the first year with one shot of each barrel. And killed a gobbler at 20 yds with one shot. I can't believe that one or two shots a year will do serious harm to these guns. Also you can consider having it fiber glassed inside to protect the wood. I hope the "experts" whom I truly respect don't take offence at my comments. Jim...