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 Post subject: Which choke?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:28 pm 
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In a 12ga. shooting 3" BB's, 1&1/4 oz. load, 1400 fps and hunting Canada geese over decoys, what would be the best choke to use? I.C., L.M., or Mod?




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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:12 pm 
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The one which gives you the pattern you want at the distance you expect to shoot. Depending on the gun, the shell, and the distance I anticipate shooting any of those chokes could be chosen.

I would probably choke tighter rather than loose as I feel it to be less a disadvantage at close range than an open choke at long. i tend to plan for the worst case as I can better compensate if conditions work out in my favor. Others have greater reason for optimism and gear up differently. You will have to decide for yourself the correct choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:57 pm 
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870 -- I agree with ugly. Short of not having time to pattern before you go, I would probably use the LM.

Here are few of my pattern numbers to give you an idea of the kind of performance you might get from those constrictions/chokes. As you can see, if they are in the decoys (< 40 yards) it probably doesn't matter!

Patterning results from a 12-gauge Browning Citori with 28" Invector-plus barrels and Briley flush chokes (patterns average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, and in-shell pellet count average of five).

12 GA 3" REMINGTON SPORTSMAN HI-SPEED STEEL LOAD
1 1/4 OZ #BB STEEL (85 PELLETS) 1,400 FPS
40 YARDS
IC / Pattern 61 (72%)
LM / Pattern 69 (81%)
M / Pattern 70 (82%)

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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:36 pm 
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Please check out Muller Chokes
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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:05 am 
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Jimmy Muller wrote:
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This doesn't answer his question

Without knowing what gun, I am going to go with the LM recommendation as well. That is my favorite choke in several different guns, from a SBE II to a Browning Silver.

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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:55 am 
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Darryle wrote:
Jimmy Muller wrote:
Please check out Muller Chokes
http://www.mullerchokes.com

This doesn't answer his question

Without knowing what gun, I am going to go with the LM recommendation as well. That is my favorite choke in several different guns, from a SBE II to a Browning Silver.


Gun is a L.H. Benelli M1 with the ber./ben.(mobile choke) system. The chokes I am using are Carlson's extended chokes.


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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:41 am 
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Then I would definitely start with the light mod and be prepared to switch to the Mod or I/C depending on how the birds react. I think you will be happy with the LM though.

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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:47 pm 
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I use IC for ducks and geese.


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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:33 pm 
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Another vote for light modified. Open enough for 20 yards and tight enough for 40 yards. That is generally the distance most of my shots are taken at.

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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:54 pm 
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Take a look at the Hevishot Mid Range Waterfowl Extended
Choke.....it would be perfect for your hunting scenario


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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:23 pm 
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870-LEFTY wrote:
Darryle wrote:
Jimmy Muller wrote:
Please check out Muller Chokes
http://www.mullerchokes.com

This doesn't answer his question

Without knowing what gun, I am going to go with the LM recommendation as well. That is my favorite choke in several different guns, from a SBE II to a Browning Silver.


Gun is a L.H. Benelli M1 with the ber./ben.(mobile choke) system. The chokes I am using are Carlson's extended chokes.

Since you already have great chokes ignore the pro staff guys. I personally would use the standard Modified and pick the shots well. If they are in your face, head/neck shoot them. Follow up shots hit the front half. Using the more open IC works great for body shooting when they are feet down floating into the decoys. #1 steel will also give more hits if your head/neck shooting. Even #2 work.

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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:57 pm 
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Another vote for a tighter choke.I got a Carlson extended range for my Winchester sxp they call it a full it's .710
Big difference over the factory mod. With Remington regulars #4 shot 3 inch was tight deadly pattrrn at 35 yds. All I had for bb was black cloud bb 3 inch. Was a lot better than factory mod but still not as tight as I would like.
A longtime goose hunter told me a full choke and Remington hypers or heavy metal at 40 yds kills them all day long.

I bought a 10 gauge to try out for next season. If I was buying another 12 choke ID go with the terror .675 and #2 shot would be deadly.

Finding a 12g/choke/amo combo that patterns larger shot nicely seems to be tough to do.


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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:10 pm 
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Large shot tends to patern more evenly from a more open choke. Shoot some paper with your factory chokes first. Skip the full. If you are shooting birds under 40 yards IC should be good.

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 Post subject: Re: Which choke?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:04 am 
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For decoying geese, I would suggest a Mid Range Hevishot waterfowl
choke with the Crio threads for your Benelli




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