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#5836222 - 07/17/15 01:18 PM Choosing a turkey choke.
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Can anyone give me some insight on a tried and tested turkey choke. I have a Mosberg 935 3 1/2" and a Remington 870 3" and also a Charles Daly 20 ga. 3" that has the Remington threads on the choke tubes. I would like to hunt with my 20 ga. next spring season and see if I can get a bird with it. I bought the Truglo gobbler stopper for my 935 and I didn't like it at all, I think it was to constrictive as the shot just blew out of the barrel with a 3 1/2" load and didn't put much on the target at 30 yds. A full choke with the same load did much better but I would like some improvement. It doesn't really matter which gun I use if you have suggestions on a choke and shot combo. Thanks for you input.
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#5837842 - 07/18/15 08:24 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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Guess it's to early for anyone to be thinking about spring turkey hunting? I already have several different types of ammo, guess I'll buy several different choke tubes and try them out.
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#5837944 - 07/18/15 09:57 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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What shells have you tried in the Mossberg? What is the constriction on the Gobbler Stopper? What size paper were you shooting at at 30yds and how many hits were inside a 10" circle?
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#5837952 - 07/18/15 10:07 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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Here is the best place to learn about patterning turkey guns. If you're really serious start reloading tungsten shot. I can put 400+ in a 10" circle at 40 yds with a 2 oz load. But it cost $60/lb last time I ordered any and a 5# minimum. The problem with commercial shells is every time you find a good shell the mfg changes something, they are not available, etc, etc. For me the shell is the cheapest part of the hunt after driving 6 hrs one way.

http://www.gobblernation.com/phpBB3/index.php
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#5870137 - 08/09/15 07:29 AM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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nice post it helps me alot cornish hen recipe


Edited by nasreen (08/09/15 07:30 AM)

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#5871272 - 08/09/15 09:22 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
customcutter Offline
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I'll narrow the search down a little for you

http://www.gobblernation.com/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=13

or you could join and ask a few questions.
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#5881977 - 08/16/15 11:30 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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Funny story. I have a Yildez 12ga O/U I bought for turkey hunting. Got the extra full and turkey chokes, because my expected shots were going to be 40-50 yards. Well, you guessed it - turkey hunting this past spring had gobblers sneak in behind me and set up not 10 yards from where I was sitting and wouldn't move. Took a shot a gobbler and it was DOT - and when I went to clean it - the freaking wad was buried deep into one breast.

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#5913550 - 09/04/15 04:15 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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I'm going to experiment with different chokes and shot for both the 20 and the 12 ga. I'll post the results after I am done.
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#5916299 - 09/07/15 07:18 AM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: John Humbert]
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Originally Posted By: John Humbert
Funny story. I have a Yildez 12ga O/U I bought for turkey hunting. Got the extra full and turkey chokes, because my expected shots were going to be 40-50 yards. Well, you guessed it - turkey hunting this past spring had gobblers sneak in behind me and set up not 10 yards from where I was sitting and wouldn't move. Took a shot a gobbler and it was DOT - and when I went to clean it - the freaking wad was buried deep into one breast.


LOL...I think you need to aim a tad higher.

Gman
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#5921683 - 09/10/15 07:49 AM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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Trial and error using multiple chokes and shells is about the only way to truly know. Also, a tighter choke does not always mean a tighter pattern, especially with the newer turkey loads' new shotshell wads. For example, my Beretta hates the extra full choke but loves a regular full with Federal tightwad shells. And with older Federal shells without that wad it likes the extra full.
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#5923402 - 09/11/15 07:06 AM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: thedoveshooter]
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Originally Posted By: thedoveshooter
Trial and error using multiple chokes and shells is about the only way to truly know. Also, a tighter choke does not always mean a tighter pattern, especially with the newer turkey loads' new shotshell wads. For example, my Beretta hates the extra full choke but loves a regular full with Federal tightwad shells. And with older Federal shells without that wad it likes the extra full.


Good point!

I never thought I would find a choke and load better then my Nitro's and a Jellyhead choke, but I tried the Federal Mag Heavyweight and a TruLock choke made specifically for the Federal wad. That Mag shot from Federal is like hitting them with Thors hammer.

Gman
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#5926178 - 09/13/15 08:44 AM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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I spoke with the good folks from Carlson chokes for a good bit on the subject of choke and load combinations and they have a world of knowledge on the subject. It would seem that all I need to do is choose the load and they can custom taylor a choke tube with the proper constriction for my gun to achieve maximum performance. going to order 1 choke for each gun and see how it performs.
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#5931877 - 09/16/15 04:34 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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They are one of the best! Good luck.
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#5932052 - 09/16/15 06:30 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: thedoveshooter]
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Originally Posted By: thedoveshooter
Trial and error using multiple chokes and shells is about the only way to truly know. Also, a tighter choke does not always mean a tighter pattern, especially with the newer turkey loads' new shotshell wads. For example, my Beretta hates the extra full choke but loves a regular full with Federal tightwad shells. And with older Federal shells without that wad it likes the extra full.


This is true regarding chokes. I own a Savage 24 O/U with the .223 over a 3" 12 ga. Some 20 years ago, I started experimenting with several aftermarket chokes that worked well in other shotguns. My favorite turkey load was 2 oz of copper-plated fives, and the specialized turkey chokes scattered the pellets all over the place from the Savage. The Full choke from the Savage did a little better, but the factory Modified choke put 70% of the pellets in a pattern you could cover with a coffee-cup saucer. It was apparent that this gun was an oddball in that the Full and specialized chokes were over-constricting the shot column.

So, the moral of this story is...keep an open mind and don't be hide-bound by the "Full" stamped on the choke.
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#5935776 - 09/18/15 11:03 PM Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1]
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I've got a Anthony Zoli that will do that also, with 4's, 5's, or 6's, at 10 yds. bs
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