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Old 09-24-2010, 11:12 AM
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I just gathered up 4 different factory choke tubes in .700, .700, .703 and .730. Remington, Winchester Mossberg and Benelli, All were safe for steel shot. If a factory choke is not safe for steel shot it will be clearly labeled on the tube.
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by jakelogsdon View Post
I have never seen a factory choke tube that was for lead only.
well guess what mine are. just cause u havent seen one dont mean that all choke tubes can shoot steel.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:45 AM
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Like previously stated go pattern your shotgun with the loads you intend to shoot. IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR GUN IS PERFORMING WITH A PARTICULAR LOAD.
When chosing a choke the general rule of thumb is you go down to a more open choke when shooting steel. If you want a I.C. pattern put in SKT, for Mod use I.C. ,for Full use Mod. To my knowledge most shotguns in the last 25 years are safe for steel when you're talking production guns like Browning Beretta,Remington etc etc.
In most cases anything tighter than modified would be marked "not for steel" like your full or ex-full chokes.
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:01 AM
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My two cents.
All stainless steel chokes are safe with Steel. SS is hard. Most extra full chokes are marked not for steel. May produce blown patterns or just a precaution by the ammo manuf. that excessive pressures produced by the squeezing of the steel might cause. Steel won't compress like lead.
When steel was first loaded by the ammo makers, it had a tendency to produce a spike in pressure immediately, however, now the powders and wads used do not have that tendency. They learned.
The reason that the whole broohaw started about steel and chokes was due to the fact that steel shot was harder than most bbls. The older duck hunters, some who may have reloaded steel bb's,( bb gun bb's) believing it aided in knocking down geese, ( and I knew a few) found out when steel was mandated and they took their full choke shotguns to have the chokes opened for the newfangled steel shot, that the choke was already opened. By. the steel bb's. the smith said. I had in the past saw bbls. that were scored and never knew why. It is a testimony to the strength of the older guns, that they weren't blown by the excessive pressure the steel bb's caused must have caused. Or maybe some were? But the bb's were light.
Of course as always, just IMHO only.
I really don't know if exterior chokes and or expensive ones make any difference. I do know that I had one of the first citoris with screw ins and shot a lot of the first steel thru it without any apparent damage. And ate a lot of mallards. Most of my shooting is over decoys and IC is usually my choice of chokes for ducks and geese.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:21 PM
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Yes, the benelli modified is safe for steel, my experence is it shoots like crap though. My recomendation is IC for farther birds and Cylinder for decoying birds.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:18 PM
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For ducks with steel, both of my X2's have Briley ext. ported IC over dekes in beginning of season, Light Mod. later in season.
When I use Hevi-Metal in 2's, I use nothing but the IC no matter.

Geese in Steel BB's, over dekes early in season, nothing but Briley Skeet Ext. ported. Later in season, Hevi-Metal B's and BB's, Briley ext. ported in IC.

I don't do any pass shooting. I back all of my goose loads up with the 3rd shot of Hevi-Shot, 3-1/2" of 2's or BB's. Rarely, if ever, do I get to it. If I do, it is to finish a departing cripple for someone. If I don't knock it down for myself within the first 2 and it does not exhibit any sighns of being hit, I stop.

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Old 10-05-2010, 01:40 AM
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What is a good choke tube I have a Beretta Extrema 2 and was thinking of getting the new one from Flambeau or someone tell me which one is best for my gun
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:31 AM
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Go to the Beretta website, Beretta has there own extended chokes. Gun Accessories---Shotgun----Choke Tubes----Beretta OptimaChoke Plus Extended Matte Black
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:41 AM
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Many places sell Beretta OptimaChoke Plus Extended Matte Black choke tubes.

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