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#5450298 - 11/30/14 07:03 PM Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting?
shalor Offline
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Registered: 01/02/11
Posts: 65
On the advice of the brain trust here(as well as my love for my old Extrema), I purchased the Beretta a 400. I have shot skeet with it and so far really like it. I am wondering what chokes you guys have had the best luck using for ducks? Beaversnipe, I noticed you had some type of extended choke on yours today in your picture? I will probably be shooting this with hevi- metal shells(and yes I am returning mine for replacements due to the recall). Oddly this gun did not come with an improved cylinder choke and I have already ordered one. Was thinking about ordering Briley LM also.
Thanks,
Shalor


Edited by shalor (11/30/14 07:05 PM)

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#5450337 - 11/30/14 07:16 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
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Registered: 08/15/11
Posts: 11701
Loc: Waco, TX
thinking aout buying an a400 just to get the Optifade camo pattern. How do you like the shotgun otherwise?

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#5450356 - 11/30/14 07:22 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
Noojen Offline
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Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 51
I purchased a flush IC choke from Beretta and that's what I use for waterfowl.

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#5450357 - 11/30/14 07:22 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
Pittstate Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5177
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
Carson makes a choke for heavy metal ammo and is pretty good. I would spend the money and get the Pattern Master. Pattern Master makes cheap ammo perform like the most expensive ammo.

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#5450436 - 11/30/14 07:53 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: Pittstate]
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Originally Posted By: Pittstate
Pattern Master makes cheap ammo perform like the most expensive ammo.


Well said.... I used the extended range PM in my new A400 for the first time this weekend. VERY impressed!! No cripples... Folding birds confidently at 45+yds, no longer just a hope and a prayer.
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#5450457 - 11/30/14 08:01 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
beaversnipe Offline
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Registered: 01/17/10
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Loc: Terlingua,TX
For decoying birds i use the extended IC choke from beretta
http://www.berettausa.com/en-us/beretta-choke-tube-optimachoke-hp-plus3-4-12ga/c621/

For further shots I use the code black patternmaster
https://www.patternmaster.com/products/5474_12ga_Beretta_Optima_HP_A400_Code_Black_Duck


Been happy with both chokes.


Edited by beaversnipe (11/30/14 08:07 PM)

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#5450486 - 11/30/14 08:10 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: beaversnipe]
shalor Offline
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Registered: 01/02/11
Posts: 65
I tried the code black duck pattern master in my old Beretta extrema and I couldn't get it to pattern well with hevi- metal or other non lead shells. It always patterned up and to the left. Even had one of my buddies shoot it to make sure I wasn't jerking it and it patterned similarly. I have always heard good things about pattern master but was reluctant to buy one after that experience. Maybe I should reconsider. I patterned the factory modified choke today with number three heavy metal and it patterned well. I did order a improved cylinder extended choke from Beretta as you spoke of Beaversnipe.


Edited by shalor (11/30/14 08:12 PM)

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#5451258 - 12/01/14 10:54 AM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
RLUM Offline
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Registered: 10/03/13
Posts: 336
Loc: Montgomery, Tx
I shoot a pattern master code black "duck" For longer range shooting and a code black timber for everything else. that is with heavy metal 2's for geese and 4's or 6's for ducks. since I switched to the PM I have really been impressed with the way it folds birds up. I will say I did shoot some decoying teal with the "duck" choke and it is to tight, it destroys birds if they are to close. I have also liked both chokes for pheasant hunting you don't have to worry about runners when you shoot those chokes with 1 5/8 number 5 lead.

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#5451280 - 12/01/14 10:59 AM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
ndhunter Online   content
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Registered: 09/03/05
Posts: 3295
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: shalor
On the advice of the brain trust here(as well as my love for my old Extrema), I purchased the Beretta a 400. I have shot skeet with it and so far really like it. I am wondering what chokes you guys have had the best luck using for ducks? Beaversnipe, I noticed you had some type of extended choke on yours today in your picture? I will probably be shooting this with hevi- metal shells(and yes I am returning mine for replacements due to the recall). Oddly this gun did not come with an improved cylinder choke and I have already ordered one. Was thinking about ordering Briley LM also.
Thanks,
Shalor


Briley extended IC works very well in that gun. You can hunt year round with it.

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#5489788 - 12/20/14 06:12 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
bentman Offline
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Registered: 01/01/10
Posts: 1169
Loc: tx
1 have 3 A400's the only choke I use is the pattern Master Code Black Duck. I started using it for sporting clays and 5 stand and skeet. I was shooting dove birds this yr at 60 plus yds. The choke is plain filthy
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#5490935 - 12/21/14 02:53 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
MBraun Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/17/14
Posts: 63
Loc: Corsicana tx
I use two different Patternmasters. The Anaconda and The Extended Long Range. Love the Extended Long Range. I call it "The Cheese Grater"

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#5491021 - 12/21/14 03:42 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
Ty Webb Online   content
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 275
Loc: North Texas
My 'test run' with the extended range patternmaster shooting lessers in Kansas made me a believer.
Crushing geese at 50 yds vs factory chokes is very noticeable.
I was shooting Hevi-metal #2s.

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#5491282 - 12/21/14 05:18 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: Ty Webb]
beaversnipe Offline
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Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 14775
Loc: Terlingua,TX
Originally Posted By: J.P.
My 'test run' with the extended range patternmaster shooting lessers in Kansas made me a believer.
Crushing geese at 50 yds vs factory chokes is very noticeable.
I was shooting Hevi-metal #2s.

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#5491525 - 12/21/14 06:44 PM Re: Beretta A400 best choke for duck hunting? [Re: shalor]
TurkeyHunter Online   content
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Loc: Bedford, TX
In my opinion you are generally wasting money to just go out and buy aftermarket chokes to replace those that already come with the shotgun, particularly for ones like the A400.

Take a box or two of your favorite shells and go hit the pattern board. The results may be surprising.
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