Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

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Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby jrode237 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:38 pm

I know all guns pattern differently but anybody out there find what shot size/velocity seems to work best out of an SBEII. I've read that a lot of guys are having good luck with lower velocity (1200 ft./sec) loads. Looking to run 3.5 inchers out of a full choke. Average shot 40 yards but longer is always better. Just trying to see if anybody can save me some money on buying shells that pattern for s#%t! Thanks in advance guys.
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Postby meatwagon8 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:31 pm

Hope this will save you some time. I shoot a SBEII also and this combo gives an unbelievable pattern.

.660 Rhino choke tube
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The choke tube is $98 and a box of 10 shells is $67. The shells are a mixture of 4x5x7 shot sizes. You will get anywhere from 280-320 pellets in a 10 inch circle at 40 yards. I shot mine again allready this year and got 292 pellets in the circle at 40 yards. I know that $6.70 every time you pull the trigger is expensive but SO worth it.

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Postby jrode237 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:48 pm

Thanks for the info meatwagon. Was kinda looking at running the factory full choke. I also have seen Carlson's makes a "factory style" super full (29.99) and extended Full for $34.99. I could see spending some dough for better quality shells but was kinda looking to stick with the chokes I have for right now. Although...I do know u get what u pay for. Is the Rhino choke okay for steel and if so how does it work?
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Postby meatwagon8 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:47 pm

I dont know if you can shoot steel through the Rhino choke or not. I dont think you would want to though as tight as it is. A factory full choke will work fine for turkey hunting but you wont get near the range out of them as you would get through a tighter "turkey" choke. The NITRO company has tested many chokes and the Rhino choke is what they recommend for the SBEII. They also say you can use a Primos Jelly Head which is cheaper than the Rhino. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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Postby das mudhen » Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:19 pm

jrode237 wrote:Was kinda looking at running the factory full choke.


You may not get many replies - I don't know anyone that shoots the Benelli factory full out to 40 yards and beyond as you want to.

I'd say you are on your own - the answer can be found at the patterning board :thumbsup:

I'd maybe try 3.5" Win HV 4's or 5's? That's a pretty open choke and larger pellets may work better.

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Postby bluewing77 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:56 pm

april 2008, i killed 2 Merriam's in NM with a benelli M2, factory full choke at 31 and 33 yards using Winchester 3" 1 3/4 oz. #5 lead.

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Postby REDGUN » Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:26 pm

I use Hevi-Shot for my turkey hunting.

Patterns tight and carries LOTS of energy to the target.
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Postby jrode237 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:29 pm

Thanks for the info guys. Guess there is no real "easy" way to go about doing it besides actually patterning a bunch of ammo. Anybody use a Carlson's "factory style extended (.640, .650, or .665 constriction)" for turkeys and if so, how'd it work for you.
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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby Kurt Lehman » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:11 am

I have seen Carlsons tubes shoot realy well, I would start with a .665 and Heavy-13 5's or 6's and you should be good to go! If you get on Amazon and do search for Carlsons you can them for around $25.00. My SBE II will shoot in the 190's with Heavy-13 6's and Mid 170's with Heavy 5's using the 2.25oz 3.5" load. A .665 is about as tight as I can go with my gun before it is over choked, Im shooting Indian Creek and Comp n Choke tubes with mine.

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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby dmznimrod » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:38 am

i have whacked turkeys for the past 10 years with winchesters 3.5" #6 in both my browning gold and my SBEll . as far as chokes go each gun shots different chokes. comp n choke for the BGH and kicks high flyer for the SBEll
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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby hondarancher » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:14 am

I was about to start this same thread.I patterned my SBEII Sunday with factory full choke. I tried winchester supremes 3" #5 2oz. 3.5" #5 2oz. i was hoping to get better results at 30 yds but i really lost my pattern at 30. 25 and closer pattern is amazing but then it really falls off. I was gonna see if anyone had tried any different chokes?? If he is not 45 and closer i dont care to shoot anyway but i want to know at 45 i can mow him down.
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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby das mudhen » Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:47 pm

hondarancher wrote:I was about to start this same thread.I patterned my SBEII Sunday with factory full choke. I tried winchester supremes 3" #5 2oz. 3.5" #5 2oz. i was hoping to get better results at 30 yds but i really lost my pattern at 30. 25 and closer pattern is amazing but then it really falls off. I was gonna see if anyone had tried any different chokes?? If he is not 45 and closer i dont care to shoot anyway but i want to know at 45 i can mow him down.


Being underbored, many Benellis tend to peter out at 40 yards. Mine prints great up to the 38-40 yard mark.

I've tried many chokes with my SBE II, and the best seems to be the Primos Jellyhead .660 with #6's or #5's. Win XR's tend to pattern better for me than any lead load, but lead can product better patterns with more constriction.

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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby DrakesOnly » Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:41 am

Dude, I just skimmed the thread and this response could not really be applicable to the original post but I saw some conversation in here that this could add to. I would say that aftermarket chokes are well worth the $$ in comparison to buying expensive ammunition . Kicks High Flyer (Full) I leave plugged in my Benelli from September (Early goose, Dove) into October, November, December (waterfowl, and deer (buckshot)) straight through into Spring Gobbler. Put whatever you want through it - Steel, Lead, Tungsten, Hevi-Shot, Bismuth. Everything I shoot at with it seems to die.
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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby hondarancher » Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:26 pm

got a kicks and patterned my SBEII again it still doesnt beat the ol 835 Mossberg pattern :(
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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby Maineduckhunter » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:38 am

This was suggested by someone who shoots an SBEII for Turkey hunting. Remember though, all guns, and chokes for that matter, are not created equal, you need to pattern your gun!
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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby Kurt Lehman » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:59 pm

Indian creek .665 and Hevi-13 3.5" 5's = 175 Pellets in 10" at forty yards with a very even pattern and much larger holes than with 6's

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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby hopkins11 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:59 am

das mudhen wrote:I've tried many chokes with my SBE II, and the best seems to be the Primos Jellyhead .660 with #6's or #5's. Win XR's tend to pattern better for me than any lead load, but lead can product better patterns with more constriction.


Nice - I have that exact combination waiting for a clear day to pattern. Now I'm psyched to see the results!
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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby callumcuffumkillum » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:35 pm

I shoot a benelli MII with a factory full choke. Using winchester extended #6 range a can comfortably shoot out to 60 yards. The shells cost just under 40$. Its a deadly combonation that has resulted in around a dozen dead hung up birds
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Re: Shot Patterning out of a SBEII

Postby A-Bomb » Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:06 am

I dont shoot a Benelli SBEII, but i do shoot a Benelli Nova. I use a Primos Jelly Head Choke with Winchester Supreme Double X copper plated turkey loads...3 1/2", #6, 2 1/4oz. Pattern is great out to 45 yds. Have killed a few out to that range with this set up. I prefer to get em much closer, but sometimes chit happens. For my needs thats plenty of range because id rather get em in close. Thats what its all about...to me anyhow.

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