Bertslash wrote:I know this is a stupid question-- but here goes! I have an 870 12 gauge 3" that I had only a factory modified choke that it came with when I bought used. This summer I bought a Patternmaster Code Black Goose choke. My hunting buddies-who all have more than double my experience- say that my modified is more like a full with steel shot, and my Patternmaster is more like a full or extra full with my steel shot. I patterned my gun this summer with Winchester #4 and my Patternmaster verses Black Cloud #4 with my modified choke. The Patternmaster choke patterned better with about a 30-36" group at 30 yards.
I mostly hunt at a state reserve area with decoying ducks and geese within 40 yards. So, my buddies think my Patternmaster choke is too tight and that's why I can't hit the broadside of a barn!!
So, are they correct with my choke classifying? Should I change back to the modified choke or even go down to an improved cylinder choke??? Any help will be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks! Phil.
Reading through your post, I'd say that the combination of this choke size and insufficient shooting practice is your main issue.
An Improved Cylinder or Light Modified/Skeet 2 choke might provide more user friendly patterns, however, this is not a fix for poor shooting.
In the first instance, and in a similar position, I'd limit my shooting distances to 30 yards or under and incorporate a more open choke (i.e. IC or LM)........the OEM IC choke is just fine. Finally, get out and practice with this gun/choke combination, this is a great way to build those shooting skills and confidence.