BurninPowder wrote:Camocynergy wrote:BurninPowder wrote:It's early but I'd say I'll probably start the season with "old trusty" a Mod choked 12ga Wingmaster with some Federal 3s. Soon as the weather gets crappy and the hunting pressure increases I'll switch to my Versamax and some 3" Hevi-Metal 2s also choked Mod. Have a Pattern Master for the VM a buddy gave me but have yet to try it... It's a Ported Long Range. Anyone here use em? Is it worth wasting the shells and an afternoon at the pattern board? Just kinda skeptical..
I think the best choke they ever put out was the original, that one performed as advertised for me. However, I think a lot of that was due to the lack of all the high velocity loads back then. Most people who pattern PM chokes have shown they work very well with the more normal velocity loads 1200-1300 fps, and as you increase towards their 1550fps "limit" on the choke the patterns get less desirable. With nitro steel especially that choke would deliver a pretty dense, short shot string pattern and pretty long ranges.
I've since retired that gun/choke from waterfowling and shoot O/U's now. I have tried the PM extended range, do own the code black (haven't tried it yet), and it performs well, but IMO it's performance is no better/worse than a lot of the other chokes out there that don't cost as much. I really like it more for upland hunting than waterfowling currently. It did great the first half of duck season last year, then I switched it out for comparison, and didn't really see much difference.
Thanks CC. Went out and gave it a try the other day....definitely a passing choke. But produced some pretty dense patterns @ 35-45 yds with some generic 2s and 3s. May give it a try this season if the situation arises.
Try it on some high flying doves, you should be able to still pillow case em at 50+ yards. I just prefer tight chokes in general, since you can always let em get further away if you have to, or just shoot em in the face at the closer ranges. When I use the PM it's actually my first shot with an even tighter choke on top. Most of my shots are probably under 30 yards, though, and the vast majority of my kills are head/neck hits, just how I prefer to do it.