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What kind of Chokes do u guys shoot. I shoot a 391 berreta with a full choke and i think it may be to tight and creating holes in my pattern. has any one else every had problems with a choke being to tight.
 

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If it is the 391 Xtrema, all their chokes are rated to take steel shot. Beretta doesn't recommend going any tighter than Mod cause they say it will mess with your pattern. I shoot IC at decoying ducks and throw in the Mod for geese. The only thing I shoot full at is turkeys.
 

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Musselman said:
What kind of Chokes do u guys shoot. I shoot a 391 berreta with a full choke and i think it may be to tight and creating holes in my pattern. has any one else every had problems with a choke being to tight.
Have you ruled out the operator as being at least part of the problem and not the choke? :eek: :mrgreen:
 

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I SHOTT A BRETTA AL 390 , I WAS USING A FULL , TILL I PATTERNED IT NO GOOD FOR ME , TRIED THE ,IMPROVED IT WAS OK , WHAT I ENDED UP WITH IS A LITTLE KNOWN BEAST CALLED THE IMPROVED /MODIFIED , SHOOTS # 2 STEEL REALLY GOOD , STILL WORKS GOOD ON BB"S TOO ...........JMIKE
 

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I shoot a mod choke in my Mossy 835, a full in my Mossy 935 and an extra full in my Baikal MP153 while shooting 3.5" 4's. Each gun is different.

Get some butcher paper and tape it up. I used two small pipes to stretch it between. Mark off 40 yards and then shoot at the paper. Draw a 30" circle around the most concentrated part of the pattern and that will let you see what kind of pattern you are shooting. Some chokes/guns will blow holes in the pattern while others will not.

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When using a full choke, if you shoot a large size (BBB or T) you may "blow" your pattern. Go to a less tight choke, or go down on the shoot size. Pattern Master chokes will help resolve the problem and still give you a tight pattern.
 

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if you are shoting a full you are msot likey blowing your pattern ... drop down to a mod.. with steel shot a mod. choke has the same effect as full... just go up 1 lvl from what the chock says it is when shoting steel out of it...(steel dosen't compress like lead ... you have to rember that)
 

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People,
Its great to pattern your gun - everybody should. The thing It seems most people miss is the reasoning behind it. You want to see which shot sizes give you the most uniform pattern at the ranges that you shoot. Although the tightest pattern is good for some applications it is probally the main reason people miss at a range they know how to lead a duck! There is absolutely NO reason you need a full choke at 30 yards- period. If you would take a range finder to the blind, you will see a honest 40 yard shot is a long shot. If you are a very good shot, and I mean very good, you might actually hit enough ducks at 50 yards to make using a full choke type pattern useful. Most people would kill more at 50 yards with a cylinder choke because they have no clue how to lead something at that distance and the only chance they have is a lucky pellet anyway. Give yourself room for error, and leave the tight chokes to the experts. I guarantee you'll start killing more ducks!
 
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