Joined: 5/30/2010is it really needed if i dont expect far shots?
i just got a hand me down, FREE remmy 11-87.¬† i like it more than my beater 1100 simply for the fact that i can shoot a 3″ shell¬† and it has screw on chokes.
(i change barrels on the 1100)..i have all the standard chokes with the gun..just run the full choke?
i kinda started shopping turkey chokes.¬† my turkeys are on the dumb side..not that wary.¬† i get them withing 30 all the time.
patterning?¬† buy the choke first?¬† then run various shells thru it?¬† i think i need to see if the gun is “sighted” in right?¬† call it good after that?
i got to fast-track getting my bow ready..since i decided to cut my bowstring..might not have much time for shotgun pre-fun.
Location: Call me...867-5309I’ve killed lots of them out to 50 yards with a full choke.¬† Just pattern the gun at each distance to see how it does.¬† Then go from there.¬† I’m not a believer in the “special turkey chokes”.The end is near....
Location: MAI have tried a few turkey chokes and found an ammo/ choke combination that works very well. It wasn’t the most expensive choke and was a cheap magnum turkey load that did the trick. If you get a turkey choke don’t get sucked into the super expensive turkey loads.
Sent directly from my thoughts using tinfoil antennas and a stainless mixing bowl helmet.Turkey hunting if done right is a one-shot game. ¬† “Special” anything is usually over-priced hype. ¬†That’s not saying that there hasn’t been a ton of birds killed with such chokes, but let’s face it – everyone has a product to sell. ¬†There are a lot of similarities between turkey hunting and archery hunting. Would you take your stick and string out without first making sure that your arrows matched your bow and they were going to fly where you want them to?
Equal to your choke are the shells that you’re shooting through it and if you don’t know how they perform you could be jeopardizing an opportunity. ¬†It’s important to know what your effective killing range is which means patterning your gun at different distances to see what you’re working with. ¬†for close range stuff, it doesn’t generally matter, but as you start reaching out, it can matter a lot. ¬†You would probably also see a difference in performance between between two different manufacturers loads with the same specs.
A good friend of mine gets better patterning with #4’s than he does with #6’s and the only way he found that out was by trying a few different loads from different manufacturers. ¬†What’s great out of your gun may not be so great out of someone else’s. ¬†By going through a patterning process, you’ll be going out with full confidence that your opportunities ¬†result in clean, lethal, one-shot kills. ¬†Good luck!A choke is a choke on a shotgun … you have to pattern them to see if they are really what they say. Ain’t no such thing as a Turkey Choke, if there was there’d be a Duck Choke, Goose Choke, Quail Choke, Dove Choke, etc … all to sell something you don’t need. Cyl, Skeet, Imp Cyl, Mod, Imp Mod, Full just about covers all bases.
With that said, your load velocity will also affect the pattern. Overload a shotshell and you get what is called a blown pattern … or a donut, with a hole in the middle.
I use a full choke with #5 shot for head shots. Some like #4 … but others insist that #7¬Ĺ is best for head shots.¬† Pattern them and see what gives you the best results.
If you are shooting the body, you’ll have to figure out what size shot and load will give you the best results without ruining too much meat.
Location: OhioI typically buy the choke first then buy 3-4 boxes of different shells to try and find what patterns best.
I had my best luck with a Rhino choke and Nitro Company Ammo (not the Remington stuff). ¬†It was EXPENSIVE but worked like a charm and only took one shell a year (Indiana only allows 1 turkey). ¬†The Nitro ammo was a combination of 4, 5, and 7 shot…great stuff but not sure if it is still even available. ¬†Haven’t picked up the gun in over 4 years now.All We Do Is SELFILMED
Joined: 4/18/2006Get a choke that will handle¬†…#6 Hevi Shot…Game over !!!!!!A lot of good points expressed. ¬†Here in NY, it is illegal to hunt turkeys with shot smaller than #7-1/2 or larger than #2’s. ¬†Back in the ’70’s I served as an officer in our state chapter of the NWTF. ¬†We talked a LOT of turkey. ¬†Because of our limited shot restrictions we did quite a bit of educating of hunters that head and neck shots with a well patterning gun would put dinner on ¬†the table. ¬†Body shots with #2’s generally ended up as unrecovered game. ¬† Just my opinion, but because of how our regulations are set up in pushing for head and neck shots, they should make #4’s the largest shot size. ¬†Once again – pattern your gun.Another reason to pattern your shotgun is that they are notorious for not hitting where aimed. First, they have a built in elevation for shot drop at 40 yds, so they shoot high in close. Secondly, there isn’t much concern on the alignment of the barrel to the reciever if you are using a semi-auto or pump, so they very often shoot either left or right of where the beads line up.
If the pattern isn’t centered where aimed, and your shotgun doesn’t have a set of adjustable sights, after market adjustable sights are available… its almost worth getting them just for the low-light capability.
Another reason to pattern your shotgun is that they are notorious for not hitting where aimed. First, they have a built in elevation for shot drop at 40 yds, so they shoot high in close. Secondly, there isn‚Äôt much concern on the alignment of the barrel to the reciever if you are using a semi-auto or pump, so they very often shoot either left or right of where the beads line up.
If the pattern isn‚Äôt centered where aimed, and your shotgun doesn‚Äôt have a set of adjustable sights, after market adjustable sights are available‚Ä¶ its almost worth getting them just for the low-light capability.
BAZINGA!!! Shotguns don’t always shoot where they are pointed! THAT is the major reason for patterning your shotgun! Choke don’t mean crap if your gun doesn’t shoot where it’s pointed! In fact, it can make you miss bigger!¬† My buddy killed 2 big toms last year with a mid 1950’s Remington 870 Wingmaster 16Ga. with a modified choke barrel! But, that gun shoots where it’s pointed. As far as I’m concerned, some of these “turkey chokes” are for guys trying chancy, long distance shots in order to put a bird down on film and then brag about the choke tube! Learn how to turkey hunt and you won’t need such things.It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.Great points regarding POI of your pattern. ¬†Of course, if you pattern your gun, you’l find out real fast if it’s going where it’s supposed to. ¬† I got rid of a good, brand name 12 ga. because it was hitting about 2 feet low and to the right at 30 yards. ¬†It was a pump. ¬†I prefer an over-under with one barrel choked full and the other improved cylinder. ¬†Eliminates too tight of a choke for those birds that sneak in too close.
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