texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Stephen Alsop, DisplacedTxn, Aguirre_troy, Jrsandusky, Natedogg503
67457 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 104,255
bill oxner 74,596
stxranchman 56,727
SnakeWrangler 53,989
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,451
BMD 41,091
Gravytrain 40,831
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics588,538
Posts11,092,856
Members82,456
Most Online19,184
Feb 5th, 2020
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Choosing a turkey choke. #5836222 07/17/15 06:18 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
B
Booner1 Offline OP
Pro Tracker
OP Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
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.


Born to hunt and fish.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5837842 07/19/15 01:24 AM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
B
Booner1 Offline OP
Pro Tracker
OP Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
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.


Born to hunt and fish.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5837944 07/19/15 02:57 AM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
C
customcutter Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
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?


God Bless
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5837952 07/19/15 03:07 AM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
C
customcutter Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
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


God Bless
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5870137 08/09/15 12:29 PM
Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 2
N
nasreen Offline
Green Horn
Offline
Green Horn
N
Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 2
nice post it helps me alot cornish hen recipe

Last edited by nasreen; 08/09/15 12:30 PM.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5871272 08/10/15 02:22 AM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
C
customcutter Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
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.


God Bless
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5881977 08/17/15 04:30 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,666
J
John Humbert Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
J
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,666
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.

Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5913550 09/04/15 09:15 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
B
Booner1 Offline OP
Pro Tracker
OP Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
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.


Born to hunt and fish.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: John Humbert] #5916299 09/07/15 12:18 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
G
Gamblinman Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
G
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
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




" I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to."
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5921683 09/10/15 12:49 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,315
T
thedoveshooter Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
T
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,315
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.



Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: thedoveshooter] #5923402 09/11/15 12:06 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
G
Gamblinman Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
G
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
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




" I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to."
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5926178 09/13/15 01:44 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
B
Booner1 Offline OP
Pro Tracker
OP Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
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.


Born to hunt and fish.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5931877 09/16/15 09:34 PM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
C
customcutter Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
They are one of the best! Good luck.


God Bless
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: thedoveshooter] #5932052 09/16/15 11:30 PM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 4,200
D
dawaba Offline
Extreme Tracker
Offline
Extreme Tracker
D
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 4,200
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.


"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple.....and wrong." H. L. Mencken
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5935776 09/19/15 04:03 AM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
C
customcutter Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
I've got a Anthony Zoli that will do that also, with 4's, 5's, or 6's, at 10 yds. bs


God Bless
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5939088 09/21/15 05:27 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
G
Gamblinman Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
G
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235


Federal Heavyweight Mag Shot #7 thru a TruLock custom choke at 40yds.




" I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to."
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Gamblinman] #5939187 09/21/15 06:19 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
B
Booner1 Offline OP
Pro Tracker
OP Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
Originally Posted By: Gamblinman


Federal Heavyweight Mag Shot #7 thru a TruLock custom choke at 40yds.


What gun? Was it a 3" shell. I have yet to get anything remotely close to that at 30 yards. I do know that I will be trying 2 3/4" and 3" to pattern this time around. With the 3 1/2" shell they are being over constricted.


Born to hunt and fish.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5939419 09/21/15 08:39 PM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
C
customcutter Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
Booner1 did you check out or join Gobbler Nation that I linked to earlier. There is a ton of information there on guns, chokes, shell, etc.

Some of us with our own handloads routinely get over 400 in a 10" circle at 40yds, with tungsten loads. They're not cheap, but the tungsten is 18g/cc. It is the densest shot you can buy, last I bought was $60/lb.

Good luck.


God Bless
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: customcutter] #5943535 09/24/15 01:56 AM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
B
Booner1 Offline OP
Pro Tracker
OP Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
Originally Posted By: customcutter
Booner1 did you check out or join Gobbler Nation that I linked to earlier. There is a ton of information there on guns, chokes, shell, etc.

Some of us with our own handloads routinely get over 400 in a 10" circle at 40yds, with tungsten loads. They're not cheap, but the tungsten is 18g/cc. It is the densest shot you can buy, last I bought was $60/lb.

Good luck.


I did sign up, that site is very confusing to me so far to find the threads where they talk about guns, chokes and shot.


Born to hunt and fish.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5945375 09/25/15 02:13 AM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
C
customcutter Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 215
http://www.gobblernation.com/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=13

The Link above is just the gun section of the forum.

You will find information on patterning and chokes for the 12 gauges in the big bore section.

Information on your 20 gauge will be in the small bore section.

If you are interested in reloading it will be in the reloading section.

Hope this helps.


God Bless
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5945616 09/25/15 09:20 AM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
G
Gamblinman Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
G
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
Originally Posted By: Booner1
Originally Posted By: Gamblinman


Federal Heavyweight Mag Shot #7 thru a TruLock custom choke at 40yds.


What gun? Was it a 3" shell. I have yet to get anything remotely close to that at 30 yards. I do know that I will be trying 2 3/4" and 3" to pattern this time around. With the 3 1/2" shell they are being over constricted.


Remington 870 Super Mag. Those were 3.5" shells.

Also, try here to find the information you are looking for:

http://oldgobbler.com/Forum/index.php

Gman

Last edited by Gamblinman; 09/25/15 09:21 AM.



" I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to."
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5946210 09/25/15 04:45 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
B
Booner1 Offline OP
Pro Tracker
OP Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
Gman, where did you get the turkey splattering targets? Very informative info on the website you posted. I'm going to order a couple of Trulock and a couple of Carlson chokes and see what my monster will eat.


Born to hunt and fish.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5948264 09/27/15 02:32 AM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
G
Gamblinman Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
G
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,235
Originally Posted By: Booner1
Gman, where did you get the turkey splattering targets?



http://www.amazon.com/BWC-35403-PreGame-Turkey-12x18/dp/B00AU6DRMM




" I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to."
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5993121 10/25/15 02:03 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
B
Booner1 Offline OP
Pro Tracker
OP Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,970
Okay, after doing some extensive research regarding turkey loads and chokes, I have finally decided and went ahead and ordered a Trulock Federal Heavyweight #7 choke for my 20 gauge, I wanted a Long Beard XR also but Winchester doesn't make that ammo in 20 ga. I also ordered that same choke for my 870 and the Trulock Long Beard XR #6 choke. Trulock has been patterning and doing development on the Long Beard XR for the Mossberg 835/935 and the #5 shot and the #6 shot chokes are going into production and will be ready in about a week and a half and I will be waiting for that to arrive also. At this time they are not going to make the Heavyweight #7 for the Mossberg but if enough request are made they will do so. I will begin patterning all of my choke as soon as they arrive and will post the results. Kinda crazy I know, that I am thinking about spring turkey season when the general season for deer hasn't even begun yet.


Born to hunt and fish.
Re: Choosing a turkey choke. [Re: Booner1] #5993164 10/25/15 02:33 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 4,825
S
scalebuster Online Content
Extreme Tracker
Online Content
Extreme Tracker
S
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 4,825
If you want to shoot turkey that far why don't you just take a 22.

Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3