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    Default What chokes are you using in your duck/geese shotguns?

    Been shooting a P-350 pump for about 2 seasons now. I've been running 3 1/2 " mags through a full choke with mediocre results. Been thinking about taking off the buttstock and attaching a new Burris speed bead base that sandwiches between the buttstock and the receiver, either that or dropping down to a modified choke. The shotgun came with 5 chokes to include an extended turkey extra full.

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    Default If you are shooting steel

    Then I would really open up your choke. Full choke on a gun with steel is just about like shooting a slug and you get very little pattern seperation. I use a Modified Choke when shooting longer ranges, like for passing Geese, and if I am shooting over decoys then I go with a skeet choke to really open the pattern up.

    Just so you can see it, I would suggest taking your shotgun out and patterning it at the range with different chokes just so you can see what it does for yourself.

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    I have and at about 20 yds. it was a dense pattern of about 8 in. diameter.......prob. will drop down to a modified. Never coated that choke with grease either, so it's going to be quite a chore getting it loose. she'll have to soak in some sort of penetrating oil for a few days.

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    i use a improved cylinder, i love this choke great pattering outta my gun. and dont have any problem knocking down teal to the cranes.
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    Post Depends....

    I'll start off with improved and stick with it if the birds are decoying in. If they're hanging on the edges, I'll switch to mod.

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    IMP Cyl work great for me as well. Benn shooting it scince I was a kid and had no problems smacking ducks or geese out the sky. I do like that black cloud ammo. well worth it when on geese, but duck I use the #2 winchester/cheap and works well with that fur coat!

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    Improved modified for steel shot...

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    Chokes are a mixed bag. Situation, shotgun pattern and personal preference.

    I shoot full choke while out pass hunting, it gives me a edge on longer distance birds.

    Decoys over water I shoot modified. I rarely shoot improved cylinder. I have always kept the concept of picking a bird and targeting that specific bird once it is folded I target a new bird vs. shooting at gaggle of birds.

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    Hope I don't choke at all....I'll be using a 1963 Ben Pearson colt recurve bow. Used a full choke back when I was a younger man.
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    Is that even legal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KUMA View Post
    Is that even legal?
    Yes, You are allowed to take waterfowl using archery. Definately, not affective if you are seeking your limit.
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    Ducks with a bow is great fun.

    I can dig up some pics of me getting some with my recurve. Ive been less likely to do so as my duck hunting schedule is very short these college years. I like to get a bunch of em and take them with me. Very good food for a wrestler.

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    Default Pattern your gun

    You need to put in the time and pattern your gun. Every gun is a little different, and every round is a little different. You need to figure out what rounds work with what chokes in your gun.

    Go online and get some guidance about how your gun should be patterning. I found this site on a quick Google search; I'm sure there are better ones: http://www.wildfowlmag.com/tips_stra...hotgun_062304/

    An 8" circle at 20 yards is not an efficient use of your gun. That same amount of shot could be spread out to a 30" circle (that's actually 14 times as much area, for you math whizzes out there) and be just as deadly. Plus, if you hit the body of the bird with that pattern, you are going to blow the meat to pieces. The best use of your round is to get it spread out to it's most effective pattern at the range of your target. If it is too closely grouped, you limit your ability to hit anything, and if you do connect, you can make the bird useless with meat damage, which is basically as bad as wounding and losing one, in my opinion.

    Make sure you pattern the different rounds you use in the field with the different chokes you have. Look both for amount of shot within a circle and evenness of distribution of the shot. Some rounds may give you a spotty effect, and that is not as good. It's important to do this.

    Steel patterns a lot different than other shot. If you are shooting tungsten or bismuth, I have heard that these pattern like lead. I shoot steel, and I know it shoots a good amount tighter. A mod choke will pattern like full with steel, more or less. I don't know that you should ever really be shooting steel with a full choke. I think it would lose it's killing velocity and energy before it gets a chance to spread out and be effective. I started opening morning with a cylinder choke and switched to IC after it got a little lighter. I don't think I was under-choked.

    On a side note, regardless of how your gun is choked, you should never just fire into the center of a group of birds, mostly because you won't hit anything .

    Anyway, that's my advise. Happy hunting!

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