yareelohim wrote:Stoeger, benelli, beretta, are Italian guns (though they may be manufactured in turkey).
These Italian guns are known for their "skinny" barrels. Smaller bore diameter than a standard 12ga.
With the skinny barrel guns, they seem to perform best with wads that have thin plastic walls (most Italian made wads). Kent uses thin wads in their faststeel which may be why they produce good patterns in these gun (generally speaking).
However, I have shot many Win Xperts and they have performed very well for me in all my guns. If you cut them open you will notice they have missed shaped pellets of all different sizes. They still seems to work very well for me and a lot of other people as well.
If you can pattern, pattern! Know the distance you take waterfowl at most and chose the appropriate size choke for that distance and pattern at that distance.
I take most waterfowl between 25-35 yards and find my LM choke works best for that range and a little beyond according to my patterns and field results.
Really practice shooting birds too! Remember to swing through or keep a lead and follow through. I generally point at the bill of the duck or just in front and slap my trigger as I follow that lead. I have literally taken the heads off ducks! Learn to lead...not too far in front...go for the tip of the bill or just in front.