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From what you describe, mast chocks are the final part of what you need to do to set-up your rig correctly. There should be no strain on the mast pin whatsoever. This is achieved by positioning the mast heel in the mast step by adjusting the aft pin or bolt in the mast step. The whole rigging set-up procedure should be followed as described elsewhere (I or someone else will post a link to this shortly) and this may involve you in adjusting evrything several times over. When the rig is correctly set-up, you can then consider inserting chocks in front of the mast, essentially just to fill the gap in the gate to prevent the mast from over bending. I am sorry, but the complete answer to your question is rather lengthy and I am sure that others will contribute wise words.