I just got a patternmaster LR for the SBE. Honestly I haven't patterned it yet, I just have not had the time. I have been shooting it though, which I know is a sin but at the rages I'm shooting right now I can't see ANY choke being unreasonable. I'll pattern it soon though. So, I've been shooting drylok 1 1/4 #2 at 1400fps. Yesterday we had a great shoot. We had three woodies come in and land on my fathers side, he jumped them and two came out my way and I dropped them both stone dead at about 25yds.. he got his. While picking them up a flock of big ducks flew over my head about 30 yards up, I could see I was busted so I pulled up and shot one. Wings tucked under the body, head hanging straight down, stone dead in the air. My first ever pintail. He did not move a leg when he hit the ground. At the same time a woody flew overhead and he dumped it. About 5 minutes later we had a group of 20 GWT swing 4 times and land in the decoys on his side again. He jumped them, got two, then I got one on each shot dropping three. He got two more on his second and third shot. So we were done in the first 15 minutes and I went 6 for 6 with the patternmaster and drylok 2's. I am NOT a great shot by any means, and that is the best I have ever shot. Afterwards we shot some hand thrown trap and I was playing clean-up breaking birds at 40+ yards consistently. That patternmaster is never coming out of my gun.
Needless to say, I'm not exactly in a rush to pattern this load and will be shooting it until I run out of dryloks.... I can't afford any more of them at $19 a box so I'll be doing some patterning in a couple days. Mostly with a reload I'll be loading up either tonight or tomorrow.
I didnt know what load to use with this choke, I asked on here and most guys said to use a slower load. I read a note from patternmaster and it said #2+ patterns best, so I grabbed the 1400fps #2's. The note also said I can shoot 3.5's out of it but it will be more of a modified pattern versus the 3" which is more like a full. It also said shot smaller than 2's will make a more open pattern. I'll have to do some testing to see if that is true, I've got a case and a half of 3's and 4's but I probably won't get to pattern them until next summer as I won't be shooting shot that small anymore this year.
Why do I shoot 3.5" for geese? Because they don't make a 4" yet!