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Old 01-13-2011, 04:53 PM
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Default Choke Tube Questions

I've been waterfowl hunting a few times but have some questions for anyone willing to answer. Been using my 870 with the modified choke that came with it, but looking to upgrade to a good aftermarket choke that won't break the bank and is dependable. What does anyone recommend? Is a turkey tube too tight a pattern to be using for Waterfowl? I've been wondering if my jellyhead would be an ok tube, but don't wanna ruin it if steel is bad for it. Again, any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:02 PM
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Patternmaster makes good stuff. My bud and I both shoot 870 Super Mags. I have stock choke and he has a full....he knocks down stuff I wouldn't think about shooting at expecting good results.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:29 PM
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:56 AM
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When shooting steel you can sorta consider your choke to be one size tighter than it is; ie, a modified is like a full. Also BB is the largest you should shoot through a full, generally speaking.

Carlson's/Cabela's choke tubes....they're only 30 bucks. Now, I only have 1 of them, a full I use in an 870 for geese, but it shoots great patterns (85+%). I still wouldn't overlook your factory modified for waterfowl. You hafta put it on a patternboard to know how it's really shooting. My longest kill shots have been with a modified and BBBs.

You also hafta pick the right ammunition. The cheap stuff like winchester xpert steel is about all I use on close range ducks. Heck, I'd use 2 3/4" 3s on close range geese. But anyways, the cheap stuff has a lot of misshapen pear-shaped pellets that won't carry energy or pattern like more premium pellets will.

Bottom line is take the time to pattern your shotgun with different ammunition and chokes so you can figure out what'll give you success.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:36 PM
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I'll second carlson's choke tubes www.choketubes.com, don't use your turkey tube.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:44 AM
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Why don't u try kicks high flyers they are awesom and they aren't that much but definitely do not use ur jellyhead for duck hunting shooting steel thru it. Very bad idea. And plus the high flyers are much cheaper then the patternmasters. Kicks are around $60
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Z View Post
Bottom line is take the time to pattern your shotgun with different ammunition and chokes so you can figure out what'll give you success.
Take the mans advise.
Start with what your using now before spending any money on chokes you may not need.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:56 AM
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I have a Carlson choke and its worth its weight in gold. Great patterns and it seemed like every time I pulled the trigger I couldnt miss. Also, at 30$ it doesnt break the bank.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:01 PM
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pattern master, picked one up 3 years ago and have not taken it out of my 1187 since, i use it for geese, ducks, and turkeys. my dad and i thought carlsons were the best till we bought pattern masters. they also work well at trimming tree branches in spring when the leaves block the satellite dish.
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