With all these new aftermarket chokes available, Is it possible that the constriction is too tight? I find I hit more ducks with the factory chokes than with the Patternmaster. I also know that I am not that great of a shot and this probally lends more to the problem than the choke does. I am wondering what y'alls take is on the subject. Thanks
It's possible that it's to tight for the size of shot your using. I've found that if my choke constirction is smaller than .710 i can't shoot anything bigger than #4 shot (Beretta and Remington factory chokes). So i use #4 #5 and #6's with the .710 and tighter. Then #3 and #2's in .715-.720 and BBB-BB with a .725-.730 choke. So try some different size's of shot and payloads and see what works best for ya.
Patern Master chokes are not designed to be shot at very close targets, if you are not too good of a shot you will most likeley be beter off shooting the factory chokes, something like an improved cyl will make a much better shot out of you ( bigger patern so your shooting doesn't have to be as precise). Pattern Master tubes are made to shoot larger shot sizes and they realy don't have any choke to them they strip the wad from the shot colum and allow the shot to go out in one big wad rather than having a long shot string. They claim with smaller shot they shoot about like a modified choke.
:salude: I agree with ks-waterfowler, use the right choke for the job. I am not a big fan on tight chokes with steel. I prefer to have some pattern. Most of us average shooters can take birds just fine inside 40 yards which is about right for IC or Mod and for me I actually use skeet chokes with steel on the majority of my duck hunting. Too tight of a choke and if you hit you may have pate'. I have a buddy that uses full chokes and 3" #2 steel for all his waterfowling and there has been a few birds he has taken that wouldn't be very good table fare. I never accept his birds. But he usually either blows them up or misses. On longer shots his crippling rate is just a s good
I've stayed away from after market chokes, I hate to spend that kind of money and don't know if they'll be any better then what I have.
If they would give you the measurements it might help. How do you know what they conceder and extra full choke, or what ever is, compared to what the factory chokes.
I would bet there's a lot of different chokes that didn't work out, in a guys gun junk drawer.