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What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby duckslayer323 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:31 pm

I'm a kid and I have been hunting 3 years and I don't know what the best choke to use duck hunting


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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby duckslayer323 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:33 pm

I like improved cylinder but if u think there's a better one please comment


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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby Nelliboy2 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:26 pm

Depends on range. I usually run mod or full aftermarket tubes. I shoot 20-50 yards.


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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby Nelliboy2 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:27 pm

You really need to pattern your gun at the ranges you shoot. What works in my gun could be worthless in yours.


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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:22 pm

what gun? what load? what ranges?

I really like the factory MOD in my Maxus, but the factory chokes suck in my 870 so I have a Carlson's mid range that works very well.

but like said, you really MUST pattern your gun with the exact same load you will be hunting with to really know what type of pattern a given choke is throwing out of your gun, you might even have to switch ammo if you cant find a choke that works. I have a carlsons mid range and a Patternmaster code black for my Maxus but the factory Mod still throws the best overall pattern under 40yds.

You'll also want to pattern at ranges you'll be normally shooting at. I'd suggets 20 or 25yds, 30yds, 40yds, and 45 or 50yds if you really want to, but you shouldnt be shooting that far. I cant remember shooting over 35yds this past season.
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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby Nelliboy2 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:00 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:what gun? what load? what ranges?

I really like the factory MOD in my Maxus, but the factory chokes suck in my 870 so I have a Carlson's mid range that works very well.

but like said, you really MUST pattern your gun with the exact same load you will be hunting with to really know what type of pattern a given choke is throwing out of your gun, you might even have to switch ammo if you cant find a choke that works. I have a carlsons mid range and a Patternmaster code black for my Maxus but the factory Mod still throws the best overall pattern under 40yds.

You'll also want to pattern at ranges you'll be normally shooting at. I'd suggets 20 or 25yds, 30yds, 40yds, and 45 or 50yds if you really want to, but you shouldnt be shooting that far. I cant remember shooting over 35yds this past season.

Your lucky your birds commit well. When we run layout they commit well. When we gun the shoreline they tend to land short on us around the 40-50 mark.

It would be better f you posted a pic of you let pattern then asked us how to improve it.


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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:42 pm

I hunt marshes 99% of the time, the fields and ponds for geese. And I dont like to call the shot until birds are in our faces. I had two hunts this past season where my farthest shot was about 25yds. Had teal coming in minutes before LST 5ft over our heads on one of them. But I can understand ducks on shorelines not wanting to finish close to shore.
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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby bandedgreenies4ever » Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:36 am

I use a Pattern Master long range tube through my 887 and drop duck like flies from about 60 yards all the time but the tube you want depends on how close the ducks are usually coming in.
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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby Cade Duckinson » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:05 pm

Pattern your gun! Which ever choke patterns the best out of your gun is the one you should use!
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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby IdahoSkies » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:09 pm

I generally start my season with an improved cylinder choke. When the ponds freeze up and I have to move to pass shooting on the rivers I move to a modified choke.
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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby Sgt. Gunnar » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:32 pm

I shoot mod/full out of my double with 30" barrels, but I also like 40-50 yard shots ;)
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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby DuckinFool » Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:22 am

Carlson's extended choke in Light Modified for in close and Improved Modified for longer range.
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Re: What's a good choke to use duck hunting?

Postby The Pas Swamp Donkey » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:57 am

Honestly, for most shooting under 40 yds, your IC choke should be just fine. You don't need heavy loads , or gimmick shells, or hyper this, or heavy metal that to kill birds. Most of the season, I use whatever I buy that is cheapest, usually 2.75" shells with 1 1/8 or 1 1/16 loads at 1400-1550 fps. I kill lots of ducks and geese, don't cripple a lot, and enjoy the lighter recoil, which allows me quicker and more accurate 2nd and 3rd shots.

Currently, I use a SK1 choke (0.005" constriction), as most of my birds are killed within 30 yds, and my patterns are good out to 40 to kill anything with #2 or #3 shot for ducks and 1 and BB for geese. If you want to see what the combination of lighter loads and the SK1 choke can do, you can check out some of my videos. All are shot with the SK1 choke.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8hMNh ... IxQ/videos . They are not videoed with GO Pro, so the birds are at more realistic distances than you see with other POV cameras.
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