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I just finished scoring a lot of patterns fired from a Benelli, using a new Polychoke 2 and the factory full choke. I was looking for a long range load and was shooting mostly #5, some #6. At the same time I wanted to compare the Polychoke to the factory choke. The results from the Polychoke were kind of disappointing, with all patterns being quite a lot sparser than expected. I was shooting from 50 yards, all loads were 1 3/8 or 1 1/2 oz. In one case I cranked the choke down to extra full and got 88 pellets in the 30" circle, then opened it up to I.C. and got 67. The same load shot a perfect 50% in the circle with the factory full choke, about 130 hits in the circle. I've used Polychokes before, have one now on a 20 gauge 870 and I like it, but I've never tried them with heavy loads and large shot. In a nutshell, the factory full choke threw exactly the patterns expected, and the Polychoke patterns were all too thin to be useful at 50 yards and beyond. Oh, and I did mike the chokes to the best of my ability; the Polychoke x-full is equal to the factory full. Any insights or similar experiences?