I have a benelli nova with a 24 inch barrell that i want to get a choke for i usually shoot the remington nitro steels #2's, 4's, and some times BB.
any advice on a good choke that would work good with what im useing
Did you get any chokes with the gun? I have a benelli nova and a benelli sbe1. I got 5 chokes with the sbe1 and 3 chokes with the nova. As for using 2's and 4's, I'd use imp. cyl. for decoying ducks or geese and modified for pass shooting. :yes: :thumbsup: Hope that helps. :salude:
I slayed the crap outa if snows last month using cheapo 3.5" BB Winchesters out the modified choke...Killed em dead...WAYYY out thar :thumbsup: I use the same cheapo shells, but, #3's for dux outa the modified as well. For steel, id stick with the mod. Turkeys might be another story
I would have to agree with bgoldhunter. I have a sbe1 and a patternmaster didn't work very well. I went back to a IC and my hit ratio went back up. Now on the other hand, my Remington 1187 with a patternmaster works great. I can reach'em way up and knock them down.
Get a pattermaster you will not be sorry. I think the biggest advantage in having a PM is it cuts down on your lead and eliminates crippled birds. Great for Geese. It hurts paying the $80 but it is worth it. I do not think that it is an overly tight pattern, like I would have expected it to be. It patterns great. On a recent trip to S.D. snow goose hunting my buddy and I ground pounded some snows and shot 19 geese with only 5 shells.
I've had my patternmaster in my sbe for a couple seasons now, and after I shot my turkey three times I thought I would pattern it, :tounge: I put a 24 x 24 peice of cardboard up on a 2 x 6 that was driven a good way into the ground and got about 10 to 15 yards away and shot at it, it blew the 2 x 6 in half, completly in half, the top half was about three feet away, but I don't seem to miss a whole lot when I duck hunt with it though, and it seems to kill em deader. less cripples anyways.
Trulock have quite a nice line up of chokes.. They have a new one called the Super Waterfowl that is really tight and designed to work with Steel.. Haven't tried it but I have been impressed with the Precision Hunter line.. http://www.trulockchokes.com/
I too am a fan of Pattern Master... I have 2 of them. I have the extended ported one... that just loves big steel (3.5" BB's) & I just recently picked up the close range choke they make (I plan on usin' it for 3" #3's or smaller). I haven't used the close range choke, as of yet, but if it's anything like the other one I won't be dissappointed. :yes:
They key here is to match the hatch so to speak... if the ducks are cupped & committed the open choke (I used my stock Rem Modified choke) with the small stuff & killed 'em dead... I primarily shot Federal 3" #3's or 3" #5's (reload) over the dekes last year with not a single cripple. :thumbsup:
If the ducks weren't cooperatin' I'd switch to the Pattern Master & the larger load & killed 'em dead... not a single cripple. :thumbsup:
I also don't over shoot my gun... ducks out of my killin' range. There's nuthin' I hate more than chasin' dowm a cripple... as I'm not the slender "lean greeen killin' machine" I once was, plus they wear the dawg out & chasin' down cripple's jacks up the hunt while the ducks are workin'. :thumbsdown:
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